Story summary.Set up is: For space exploration, babies raised in special low gravity environments are necessary, low-gravity environments not being very conducive for ordinary earth-raised adults.
So government has a program where it creates orphans to raise (on moon)! Because of moral issues involved, the program is a secret one.
So a certain military camp in the US has certain targets: so many babies to deliver (means recruiting young mothers of unwanted pregnancies), & so many "foster parents" to deliver (older women to nurse the babies).
Story is from the point of view of Colonel Edgerly whose job it is recruit both babies & their nursemaids.
- Groff Conklin (ed)'s "Six Great Short Science Fiction Novels".
Fact sheet.First published: F&SF, October 1955.
Related: Stories of Judith Merril.