On a Thursday morning in May, Kristyn Hodgdon entered a doctor’s office and laid eyes on the nitrogen tank containing the embryos that might one day become her babies.

Pandemic restrictions in her Long Island town were easing at the time and vaccination rates were climbing. But at that moment, the 32-year-old still wasn’t ready. She decided to postpone trying for her third baby.

“I had been working from home with my two toddlers for about a year with no child care,” Mrs. Hodgdon said of her decision. “It just felt like a mental overload that I couldn’t put myself through.”

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