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Image: Woman gives birth at 54 years-oldA Ugandan woman has given birth at the age of 54, ten years after reaching menopause.

The woman, a university lecturer, delivered a baby boy at the Women's Hospital International and Fertility Centre in Kampala on Thursday last week.

The baby boy is fondly known as Baby Precious. He weighed 3.1 kg at birth which doctors said was a normal weight. He has been breastfeeding.

I am ecstatic. I feel excited. I turned 54 the day I had him. We will have two birthdays to celebrate on the same day, said the mother, who protected her identity to safeguard her child from unnecessary stigmatization when he grows up.

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Originally posted on November 21, 2009


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Inconceivable: Winning the Fertility Game, by Julia Indichova. Publisher: Adell Press; First Edition edition (1998)pixelInconceivable: Winning the Fertility Game
by Julia Indichova

-- One in six couples in America will experience reproductive problems. Julia Indichova and her husband were part of that statistic.

According to several fertility specialists Julia's high FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) level was an indication that her body was no longer producing fertilizable eggs.

Her only chance of conceiving, they said, was in-vitro-fertilization with a donor egg.

After a futile quest for a more hopeful prognosis, Julia searched through a variety of holistic alternatives and finally decided upon a personal healing regimen.

She followed it as single-mindedly , as one would follow a doctor's prescription of antibiotics. Her daughter Adira was conceived naturally, eight months later, and was born on April 29, 1994.

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Image: Lynne Adams reads a story to her little boy, Anderson Adams, before bedtime. Lynne is now pregnant with her second child.When Lynne Adams recently went in for an ultrasound, she casually asked about her baby's gender.

I was told by both (ultrasound sonographers) that they weren't allowed to tell parents the gender of the baby anymore,
said Adams, a 45-year-old who lives in Newmarket.

I said, 'Since when?'

Adams had her first child just 13 months ago at Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville.

Back then, ultrasound staff at the same hospital gave her the option of learning her baby's gender.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TheStar.com
Read more: Divulging baby's gender during ultrasound varies across GTA hospitals
Originally posted in April 17, 2012


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: IVF: A Patient's Guide, by Rebecca Matthews. Publisher: lulu.com (February 7, 2011)IVF: A Patient's Guide
by Rebecca Matthews

-- The perfect companion book for anyone considering or currently undergoing fertility treatment. Reduce your stress and improve your chance of success by arming yourself with the facts.

Written by a respected, caring and practicing expert in the field, not a patient!

Inside these pages you'll get answers to the most common questions, but even better, get answers to the critical questions that aren't asked often enough; some could even save the life of your baby.

Understand the most up-to-date, cutting edge techniques utilized in IVF and genetic testing.

See exactly what happens under the microscope. Learn how to choose the very best clinic and what, exactly, you should be asking your doctor. Follow specific case studies and hear from a variety of patients in their own words as well.

Packed with charts, tables, graphs and photos, this easy to navigate guide is the next best thing to having a best friend in the field of reproductive medicine.

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Image: Oldest new mother gives birth at 63March 22, 2011 - A 63-year-old Dutch woman has given birth, becoming the oldest new mother in the Netherlands, the hospital and news reports say.

Baby Meagan was born at the Medical Centre Leeuwarden at 9.48am [7.48pm AEDT] on March 21, a statement on the website of the hospital in the northern Dutch province of Friesland said on Monday.

Meagan is the daughter of Tineke Geessink, a 63-year-old woman from Harlingen.

The girl was born with the aid of caesarean section, the statement said. Both mother and daughter are fine.

Dutch media reports said Ms Geessink was the oldest Dutch woman to become a mother.

It is a feeling that I have had for so long [to have a child], the woman told Dutch public radio NOS.

At some point there was something inside me saying: 'It's now or never', and I decided to try everything possible to see if it is still possible.

NOS said the woman fell pregnant through a foreign sperm donor as Dutch fertility doctors would not help her due to her age.

There is no guarantee that if you have a child at a young age you will see your child grow up, Ms Geessink, a single mother, told the radio.

Of course, the risk with me is bigger. And whether the child will find it nice to have such an old mother ... I hope that she loves me so much that she will just be glad to have me.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Sydney Morning Herald
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Originally posted on March 22, 2011.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy!: The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40, by Doreen Nagle. Publisher: HCI (February 7, 2002)pixelBut I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy!: The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40
by Doreen Nagle

-- The first and only book to fully address the concerns of the ever-growing but greatly ignored audience of literate, educated women who have delayed motherhood.

In this comprehensive work, women who are considering parenting in their 30s, 40s and later-whether for the first time or starting over-will find all the information they need to make informed choices.

Complete with quotes from medical experts, later-in-life moms and their kids, this one-stop book will calm the doubts and fears of women considering motherhood after 35 and beyond 40 by providing supportive yet realistic information.

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Image: John Travolta and Kelly Preston, 47, Are ExpectingMay 18, 2009 - Great news for the Travolta family!

John Travolta's wife Kelly Preston, 47 years old, is expecting.

The Hollywood couple made their announcement on both of their websites Tuesday:

It's impossible to keep a secret...especially one as wonderful as this, the message reads.

We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to the our family.

The message is signed John, Kelly and Ella.

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Originally posted on May 18, 2009

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Image: Murphy Lives Here, by Dr. Merryl J. Polak. Publisher: Merryl Polak (July 23, 2012)pixelMurphy Lives Here
by Dr. Merryl J. Polak

-- Initially apprehensive about becoming a mother, Emma mapped out her life plans steered by fulfillment of a happy marriage and career.

She thought she might one day feel ready and willing to add the role of mother to her life's responsibilities, but she had not quite figured out when that would occur.

When Emma's biological clock smacked her upside the head and she suddenly craved motherhood over every other aspect of life, she was stunned to discover that she could not get pregnant.

After a year of ovulation test kits and timed baby making under her belt, it was inevitable that other avenues needed exploration.

After pursuing every option, including adoption, Emma learned that becoming a parent was not as simple a process as she had always envisioned.

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Image: Marion thought her childbearing years were over
Three years ago, the 47-year old rural Minnesota woman went to an herbalist to treat the first symptoms of menopause.

Instead, she got pregnant with Jack, now 2.

It was a wonderful surprise for Marion Dressen and her husband, who were about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

The couple had given up trying to have a baby long ago. “After all those years, it was a bit of a shock,” Dressen said.

But we were excited at the same time.

On June 28 of 2006, Dressen gave birth to Megan, selecting the name for her daughter they picked out when trying to conceive 20 years earlier.

She said she sees many advantages of being a mom in her 40s.

Being older, I've learned what's really important in life, Dressen says. I'm more patient and I don't sweat the small stuff.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, older moms like Dressen are becoming more common.

With a toddler and a newborn, Dressen said she is glad that she’s fit enough to have the energy she needs.

She jokes that while she can keep up with the kids, she makes some different choices than younger moms who put the kids to bed and then go out on the town.

When the kids go to bed, we go to bed, Dressen said. Dressen said she stays active, so she can maintain the physical health she'll need to be the mother of teens in her 60s

This will help us to keep young, she laughs.

Life has changed for Dressen. She used to go on mission trips to Africa, spend time gardening and take plenty of time for herself. 

I used to get up in the morning, and do my hair and makeup right away, she said. Now it's good if I get a shower some days.

Still, she says she'll trade the weeds in her garden any day for her two children.

No flower that blooms gives me the feeling of seeing these two little faces, Dressen said. It’s a change for the better.

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Originally posted on June 18, 2012.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success, by Liza Charlesworth. Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2004)pixel
The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success
by Liza Charlesworth

-- Despite the fact that it is an expensive, complex, emotionally draining, and often last-ditch fertility treatment, there are now over 250,000 couples who consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) every year; more than 125,000 couples decide to undergo it.

While dry, clinical information is available, there is a gaping need for sisterly advice from someone who's been through the process herself.

From evaluating care and preparing for the complicated process to understanding egg retrieval and embryo transfer; from tips on taking medications and coping with hormonal surges to dealing with the emotional aspects of the grueling IVF process, Liza Charlesworth's The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization offers knowing, sensitive counsel.

Full of hard-won personal wisdom and the most up-to-date medical information explained in layman's terms, this invaluable guide is sure to become recommended reading for couples trying to conceive and their families alike.

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Image: 43y mom thought she had started menopauseA 43 year old Madrid woman has given birth to her fourth child while in the toilets of the Law Faculty of the UNED University in Madrid, where she works.

She said she did not even know she was pregnant.

She had thought that she had started the menopause.

Two of her work colleagues helped her, and called SAMUR health professionals to the scene on Monday at 11am.

The baby girl weighed 1.96 kilos, and mother and baby are now both doing well in the Gregario Marañón Hospital.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TypicallySpanish.com
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Originally posted on December 14th, 2010.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction, by Susan Markens. Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2007)pixelSurrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction
by Susan Markens

-- Susan Markens takes on one of the hottest issues on the fertility front--surrogate motherhood--in a book that illuminates the culture wars that have erupted over new reproductive technologies in the United States.

In an innovative analysis of legislative responses to surrogacy in the bellwether states of New York and California, Markens explores how discourses about gender, family, race, genetics, rights, and choice have shaped policies aimed at this issue.

She examines the views of key players, including legislators, women's organizations, religious groups, the media, and others.

In a study that finds surprising ideological agreement among those with opposing views of surrogate motherhood, Markens challenges common assumptions about our responses to reproductive technologies and at the same time offers a fascinating picture of how reproductive politics shape social policy.

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Image: Marcia Proffelt, a 57 year old pregnant American woman
Check out this YouTube video of Marcia Proffelt, a 57 year old pregnant American woman.

She is playing tennis with her husband, in Acapulco, Mexico.

While she is 9 months pregnant.

She says, "Never give up!"




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Originally posted on July 10, 2009.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Motherhood After 35: Choices, Decisions, Options, by Maggie Jones. Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (March 22, 1998)Motherhood After 35: Choices, Decisions, Options
by Maggie Jones

-- How is having a baby different for women in their late thirties and early forties?

If you're between 35 and 45 and trying to have a baby, or have already conceived, here's the reassurance you need ... and the facts you've been waiting for.

Maggie Jones evaluates the advantages as well as the risks of later motherhood.

Whether you are considering your first pregnancy after 35 or are starting a second family later in life, Motherhood After 35 is written with you in mind.

The author describes simply and clearly how to have the healthiest pregnancy possible and the options available.

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Image: Cradled Infant 2 by Garrison PhotographyMarta Becker of Vancouver says she had a complication-free pregnancy and home birth at 44 years old.

Before her unexpected pregnancy, Ms. Becker says, she was absorbed by her career and rarely gave motherhood much thought.

The birth of a son almost 10 months ago altered the course of her life, as well as her relationship with a man 11 years younger, she says. Although they were happy together, they had no long-term commitment, so the pregnancy definitely made a big impact.

Her partner, a full-time student, was stunned by the news, she adds, but he quickly adjusted to fatherhood after the baby was born. He's crazy in love with this kid.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TheGlobeandMail.com
Read more: Oopsy baby - I'm too old to get pregnant
Originally posted on September 20, 2009.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility, by Marlo Schalesky. Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2001)Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility
by Marlo Schalesky

-- Contains frank and emotionally resonate stories from both men and women facing the struggle of infertility.

Mother's Day is not a joyful occasion for all women, particularly those who would like to have children but cannot.

Marlo Schalesky's Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling with Infertility does for Christian women what Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin's Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss did for Jewish women: provide comfort and camaraderie in the face of infertility and pregnancy loss.

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Image: Joanna Du Plessis, 58, holds her baby Magda and one of her grandchildrens dolls. Mrs. Du Plessis had to borrow dolls clothing to dress the unexpected baby.July 16, 1969 - "Suddenly I'm young again," grandmother Mrs. Joanna Du Plessis said today.

Mrs. Du Plessis, 58, gave birth to a 5 lb. girl on Tuesday.

She said she had to borrow dolls clothes from one of her ten grandchildren to dress the baby, because she did not know until three hours before the birth that she was pregnant.

Mrs. Du Plessis became the oldest woman on record to have child.

The Guinness Book of Records said the oldest woman previously to give birth was American Mrs. Roth Kitler who had a daughter in 1956 at the age of 57.

Mrs. Du Plessis told reporters her husband had wept for joy when he saw the baby, called Magda.

It was his first child, she said.

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Originally posted on July 17, 1969.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The New Fertility Diet Guide: Delicious Food Secrets To Help You Get Pregnant Faster At Any Age, by Niels H. Lauersen and Colette Bouchez. Publisher: Ivy League Press (September 21, 2009)pixelThe New Fertility Diet Guide: Delicious Food Secrets To Help You Get Pregnant Faster At Any Age
by Niels H. Lauersen and Colette Bouchez

-- The best selling authors of Getting Pregnant: What You Need To Know Now share new secrets to using specific foods and food combinations to greatly enhance your chance of getting pregnant fast and easy.

Tested on hundreds of couples, this unique new natural way to increase fertility can work regardless of your age or reproductive status. Studies show it can even increase your IVF success rate!

Delicious, nutritious and easy to follow, this secret food plan works for both women and men to not only help increase fertility, but also improve overall health and encourage conception of a healthier baby!

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