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There was definitely a pregnant pause when shocked Birmingham patient Teresa Orr found out she was about to have a baby.

The 48-year-old had gone to the doctor thinking she had started menopause rather than becoming pregnant for the first time.

Delighted parents Teresa and William Orr, of Stirchley, have celebrated the birth of surprise baby Gracie after thinking they had married too late to start a family.

We only got married two years ago and never even thought about children because we are both in our late 40s, and thought it couldn't happen, said doting dad William, a 47-year-old college lecturer at City College, in Handsworth.

We haven't had IVF [in-vitro fertilization] or any fertility treatments, it all happened completely naturally, so we feel very blessed.

A midwife at Birmingham Women's Hospital and an obstetrician friend of ours said it is the first time they had come across a woman getting pregnant for the first time at such a late age. They said it was very rare.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on BirminghamPost.net
Read more: Life's surprise is first-birth for Teresa, aged 48
Originally posted on March 27, 2009



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertile Female: How the Power of Longing for a Child Can Save Your Life and Change the World, by Julia Indichova. Publisher: Adell Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2007)The Fertile Female: How the Power of Longing for a Child Can Save Your Life and Change the World
by Julia Indichova

-- Written by an author whose expertise grew from an extensive counseling practice as well as personal experience.

The Fertile Female offers a hope-filled view of reproductive difficulties, with a deeper understanding of the often-confusing messages of mind-body and alternative medicine.

With an engaging mix of passion and humor, the book initiates a public debate on the politics of infertility and its effect on our health care system.

Includes practice exercises and a section on dietary recommendations, complete with recipes.

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Image: When I'm 64 – I'll have my first child. Photo Credit: BLICK/Siggi Bucher
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A pensioner from Canton Aargau has given birth to her first child – at the age of 64.

This makes her the oldest mother in Switzerland.

Mother and daughter, who is now four-and-a-half months old, are both well and on Tuesday, appeared on the front page of Swiss tabloid Blick.

The woman, whose husband is 60, had a miscarriage when she was 61, and three years later decided to try again.

According to Blick, she went for an examination in Italy and then traveled to Russia where she received an egg from a donor. This is illegal in both Switzerland and Italy.

When you harbour a wish so deeply, you must fulfill it, said the proud mother in the video.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on SwissInfo.ch
Read more: When I'm 64 – I'll have my first child
Originally posted on December 7, 2010


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: First Baby After 30 . . . or 40: What to Expect When You're 30-Something or More, Dr Penny Stanway. Publisher: Orion Publishing; illustrated edition edition (October 1, 1999)First Baby After 30 . . . or 40:
What to Expect When You're 30-Something or More
by Dr Penny Stanway

-- Increasing numbers of women are having their first baby after 40, and with modern technology, the age at which women can have children is rising further still.

Although books on pregnancy and childbirth abound, a woman having her first child after the age of 30 or even 40 has special needs and concerns which are different from those of younger women.

This book looks at the pros and cons of having a first child later in life, discusses how to avoid or minimize the potential problems, and offers guidance on looking after yourself and your baby.

And because older women considering pregnancy are more likely than younger ones to think about life after the baby, it also takes a good look at family planning.

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Image: A new adventure: 48-year-old mom gives birth to baby boy
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Lori Riner is a mom again — at age 48. 

The Sparta woman gave birth Friday to a boy, and became the oldest woman to deliver at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center - without the aid of fertility treatment.

Lori's 12-year-old granddaughter named the baby Tucker.

At first, Lori thought she was going through menopause.

But, she said, menopause doesn't kick.

She asked her husband, Sonny, to sit down when she broke the news about the pregnancy.

Of course, I was shocked, Sonny said. But I was happy. Most couples would be devastated, but we were not devastated.

The couple has been married four years, and have children from previous marriages in their 20s and 30s, in addition to their granddaughter.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on LacrosseTribune.com
Read more: A new adventure: 48-year-old mom gives birth to baby boy
Originally posted on February 20th, 2011.



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)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

-- The first and only book to fully address the concerns of the ever-growing but greatly ignored an 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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Shelli Wakefield of San Jose, Calif., says she went off Depo-Provera, an inject-able contraceptive, after her doctor told her it was very unlikely she would become pregnant again at age 41.

Fourteen months later, Ms. Wakefield conceived her third child.

She and her husband were shocked, she says, but neither was upset about having their surprise baby, now six months old. It's neat to have another chance at parenting, Ms. Wakefield says.

Her 11-year-old daughter was delighted to be a big sister, she adds, but her 14-year-old son was less enthusiastic about the baby girl. The hardest part for me is making sure she's not a detriment to my older kids' lives.

Ms. Wakefield says she's a calmer parent than she was when her eldest kids were infants, in part because of improved finances and her stable marriage of 17 years.

But with maturity comes the reality of aging.

I get my Botox so I don't look like an old mom, Ms. Wakefield says, and I work out every day and I dye my hair.

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



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Baby Next Time, by Nicole Klieff. Publisher: AuthorHouse UK DS (August 19, 2008)Baby Next Time
by Nicole Klieff

-- Based on a true-life account of a woman's discovery of infertility at the age of 35.

This is a compelling roller-coaster insight into the world of IVF exposing treatments and emotions over a nine-year span.

Written with humor on such a dark and taboo subject of pregnancy loss and infertility this honest account is directed to the many across the world in a similar predicament.

The book is written in the hope that people will pursue to seek out the reasons for the most common complaint of unexplained infertility.

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Image: Printesa Lia a nascut un baietel, care se va numi Carol Ferdinand al României. Photo Credit: Realitatea.net
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January 10, 2010 - Lia Lambrino, the wife of Paul Lambino, who pretends to the title of Prince of Romania, gave birth to a son at a Bucharest Hospital.

Carol Ferdinand Lambrino weighed 4.9 lbs.

Although Romanian news sources state Lia is 56, she is actually 60 years old and will celebrate her 61st birthday on February 23.

It is unlikely this baby was conceived in a natural manner, considering Lia's true age.

It appears a little medical tinkering was done to achieve the goal of giving birth at the age of 60.

My wife and I a long time we wanted a child, says Prince Paul in a statement released to the media.

It is also a time of accomplishment and because our son was born in Romania, as we wanted. Birth of our son is one more reason to reaffirm my duty to honor our ancestors and to the generation to come, for him to know better and understand the history of the Romanian people, which they love so much.

This is her first child with Paul Lambrino.

Lia Lambrino has a 37-year-old daughter, Melia, from her first marriage to lawyer Melvin Belli.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Realitatea.net
Read more: La 56 de ani, printesa Lia a nascut un baiat la maternitatea Regina Maria din Bucuresti
Originally posted on January 10, 2010



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Image: 45 and Pregnant: How I Conceived and Delivered Naturally, by Liz Angeles (Author, Editor),‎ Annie Flatley (Photographer),‎ Lori Dorman (Photographer). Publisher: On The Inside Press (June 8, 2015)45 and Pregnant: How I Conceived and Delivered Naturally
by Liz Angeles

-- 45 and PREGNANT is a 3-part journey that begins with a 44-year-old single woman with no prospects, leading quickly to a middle-aged pregnancy.

Her fears and worries about childbirth with her historically low pain threshold were later transformed by her decision to have a home water birth with no drugs and her success story involved no complications.

Beginning with a serendipitous love story, leading to the sudden pregnancy and concluding with the family events transpiring beyond the delivery, Liz Angeles provides a plethora of information for anyone considering a natural birth.

Her comical memoir spanning a 5-year period, includes many healthy pregnancy tips and natural parenting options.

Her revealing details and personal choices promise to educate, entertain and inspire.

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A 46-year-old woman in her eighth month of pregnancy took part in a marathon recently held in Boston (the USA).

She covered 42 km within seven hours.

New York resident April Noan, who is to become 47 years old in several weeks, said her doctors and organizers of the marathon allowed her to participate in the heat.

What is more interesting, the woman does not understand, why people make so much fuss about her deed?

Her opinion is, pregnancy is not a disease.

Women in past centuries treated pregnancy especially seriously, only when it came to its end.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on english.pravda.ru
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION
Image: Making Babies the Hard Way: Living with Infertility and Treatment, by Caroline Gallup. Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (May 15, 2007)Making Babies the Hard Way: Living with Infertility and Treatment
by Caroline Gallup

-- A frank account of one couple's discovery that they cannot have children of their own, and their ensuing struggle through four years of fertility treatment.

One in six couples worldwide seek assistance to conceive and 80 percent of couples undergoing fertility treatment are currently unsuccessful.

Writing with humor and honesty, Caroline Gallup describes the social, emotional, spiritual and physical impact of infertility on her and her husband, Bruce, including feelings of bereavement for the absent child, the unavoidable sense of inadequacy and the day-to-day difficulties of financial pressure.

As well as telling her own moving story, she also offers information and guidance for others who are infertile, or who are considering or undergoing treatment.

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Image: Jane Seymour Recalls Scary First Few Months With Twin Sons
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Actress and author Jane Seymour dishes on the highs — and occasional lows — of being a mom to twins - born when she was 45 years old.

When in-vitro fertilization resulted in two miscarriages, Jane says she and husband James Keach had almost given up, but then a third pregnancy resulted in three embryos.

One never really formed, and the end result were twin boys John and Kristopher, now 13 years old.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Celebrity-Babies.com
Read more: Jane Seymour Recalls Scary First Few Months With Twin Sons
Originally posted on October 23, 2009.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Garden of Fertility: A Guide to Charting Your Fertility Signals to Prevent or Achieve Pregnancy--Naturally--and to Gauge Your Reproductive Health, by Katie Singer. Publisher: Avery Trade (April 22, 2004)The Garden of Fertility: A Guide to Charting Your Fertility Signals to Prevent or Achieve Pregnancy--Naturally--and to Gauge Your Reproductive Health
by Katie Singer

-- A guide to using fertility awareness - that is, reading fertility signals in order to prevent or achieve pregnancy.

Certified fertility educator Katie Singer explains how to observe and chart fertility cycles to determine when a woman is most fertile to increase chances of conception or to exercise birth control naturally - a method that, when followed precisely, is as effective as the Pill.

Unlike other books on fertility awareness, The Garden of Fertility also describes how to use the charts to gauge your gynecological health and offers non-medical options for strengthening reproductive wellness.

This book provides all the information women never learned in sex education class but should have.

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Image: Emma Yager - finally going to be a mother at 46
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My husband and I are going to the doctor today as I found out to be POSITIVE yesterday.

I am in tears as I write these words.

I am sure you get plenty of letters like this every day, but I just wanted to thank Lisa Olson for writing her program and for giving hope to women at my age.

I am 46 years old, and I am finally going to be a mother.

May God bless you and your family.

-- Emma Yager (Berlin, Germany)

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on PregnancyMiracle.com
Read more: Finally going to be a mother at 46
Originally posted in 2005.



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy MiraclePregnancy Miracle
by Lisa Olsen

-- A 279-page, instantly downloadable e-book presenting a 5-step, sure-fire, 100% guaranteed, clinically proven holistic and ancient Chinese system for permanently reversing your infertility and your partner's infertility disorders and getting pregnant quickly, naturally and safely within 2-4 months without drugs, dangerous surgeries, side effects, or expensive infertility treatments.

It's probably the most powerful infertility reversal system ever developed, and currently the best-selling e-book of its kind on the entire Web!

Here's what the author Lisa Olson had to say about her incredible program:
After 14 years of trial, error, and experimentation, I finally discovered the answer to infertility and developed a fool-proof system to getting pregnant the natural way - no drugs, or surgery necessary.


It took a lot of research to get to where I am today, to know exactly what works and what doesn't. Yes, after desperate trial and error, countless of useless treatments, disappointments, and agony, a simple holistic system opened the door to my new and much brighter life of motherhood.

I was also excited to see that my other infertility related symptoms had diminished. After years of waiting, I was finally free from Infertility! I have become a proud mother of two.

And now I'm finally revealing my secrets in this new 'encyclopedia' of pregnancy called, Pregnancy Miracle.

I will be your own personal coach, take you by the hand, and lead you through the lousy advice, hype and gimmicks... and directly to the sort of inner balance perfection that will end your battle with infertility forever and help you become a proud mother of your healthy children.

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Image: More mature: Louise, aged 46, with daughter Isabel, aged three, in 2003
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I was still in my 20s (29 years old), when I duly brought forth my son Charlie, now 23 years old.

Two years and three months after my first baby - and by now in my early 30s - I gave birth to Alice, who will be 21 years old this month.

Soon after this, my marriage broke down, and I settled into almost a decade of raising my small family as a single parent.

And then, shortly before my 44th birthday, my second husband and I celebrated the arrival of Isabel, who has just turned nine years old.

I am, in spite of my mother's misgivings, the proud mother of three children, each born in a different decade of my life.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on DailyMail.co.uk
Read more: So does age really make you a BETTER mum?
Originally posted on June 16, 2009



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Is Your Body Baby-Friendly?: Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriage and IVF Failure - Explained, by Alan E. Beer, Julia Kantecki, Jane Reed. Publisher: AJR Publishing; 1 edition (October 28, 2006)Is Your Body Baby-Friendly?:
Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriage and IVF Failure - Explained
by Alan E. Beer, Julia Kantecki, Jane Reed

-- A unique book—the first of its kind. No longer do patients have to accept that their infertility is just bad luck and they just have to keep on trying.

No longer should women with recurrent miscarriages have to listen to their doctor telling them that their loss was God's will or that they ought to be thankful because their baby was probably chromosomally abnormal.

The statistics simply do not support such claims—in fact, they show that repeated reproductive failure can be a symptom of wider health problems in the mother.

Furthermore, the root cause can be treated—not only to promote the chances of a successful pregnancy but to improve the mother's health long-term.

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