Leslie Leyland Fields and Barbara Curtis, mothers of what are now considered large families, were recently quoted in a New York Times article on the subject:
And Baby Makes How Many? February 6, 2009*
(I enjoyed hearing Leslie, Seattle Pacific professor and Alaskan fisherwoman, speak at last year's Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids. Her most recent book is Parenting Is Your Highest Calling...and Eight Other Myths that Trap Us in Worry and Guilt.
Barbara's comments on a national list for parents of children with Down syndrome introduced me to Mommylife and the blogosphere. She is a former Montessori teacher and homeschooler; I have several of her books about teaching young children.)
*It's disappointing to find the New York Times behind the times, using Down syndrome as an adjective for a child. People first!