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Image: She's my beautiful little girl, said Leila Sadat, who became pregnant at 45 with her third child, and learned she had breast cancer. Two years later Sadat is cancer-free, and her daughter, Emily, is healthy
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For Sadat, a precautionary biopsy confirmed her worry:

What doctors initially thought was an infection of the breast tissue was actually a tumor.

A tumor that grew quickly.

Her uncle, a doctor in his 80's, told her she had to have an abortion or she would die.

Her oncologist, obstetrician and other doctors at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital assured her the cancer was treatable, and the baby was not at risk.

Sadat, who was 45 at the time, practices yoga, eats organic food and had never been seriously ill.

It was difficult to reconcile that with pumping toxic chemicals through her blood.

I was a pregnant happy mom. All of a sudden you're a cancer patient, and my whole essence fought that, she said.

I think I just knew I had to wake up and do what they told me to do, because I had to be there for my kids.

She fought the disease bald and pregnant and getting chemo.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Pantagraph.com
Read more: Hope, in a time of horror, for pregnant cancer patients
Originally posted on July 26, 2008.



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility, by Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque. Publisher: 3L Publishing (November 20, 2009)pixelThe Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility
by Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque

-- Are you one of the millions of couples desperately trying to conceive a baby? Are you aware that diet plays a critical role in fertility? Would you like to unlock the secrets to changing your diet and potentially increasing your chances of success?

Co-authors Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque -- when confronted with Cindy's medical prognosis of a two percent chance of conceiving a baby on her own -- unlocked those secrets to develop a fertility diet that four months later produced a viable pregnancy, and soon after a healthy baby.

The Fertile KitchenCookbook includes a variety of simple-to-make tasty dishes that make the diet easy to follow. In this cookbook, the authors share these flavorful recipes, along with the dietary guidelines that helped them succeed. Additional tips and even a section on cooking basics, are included.

You will learn: The importance of diet in conception and pregnancy, what foods you can and cannot eat to enhance fertility, how to identify and shop for healthy ingredients and food items, how to prepare the nutritious and fertility-enhancing recipes included.

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Image: Pamela Butler, surrogate mum at 57. Photo Credit: DailyMail.co.uk
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Feb. 26, 2011 - A 57-year-old woman has become Britain's oldest surrogate mother, having given birth to her grandson through in-vitro fertilization, officials said.

Pamela Butler gave birth to Josef, her 5-pound 4-ounce grandson following four IVF attempts, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Doctors impregnated eggs taken from Nichola Pagett, Butler's daughter, with sperm taken from Nichola's husband Mathew, and implanted them into Butler's womb.

Baby Josef was born in August.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on UPI.com
Read more: Woman, 57, gives birth to grandson
Originally posted on February 26, 2011



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: A Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy, by Gail Dutton. Publisher: Clouds Publishing; 1st edition (April 1, 1997)
A Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy
by Gail Dutton

-- Published in 1997, this book is a step-by-step guide to surrogate parenting.

It discusses finding and working with a surrogate, what a surrogate program provides, what to include in the contracts, recommended testing for potential surrogates, detailed costs for each item related to surrogacy, the medical procedure, medications and their side effects, embryo cryo-preservation, demographics of surrogates and surrogate couples and the effects of surrogacy upon children.

One chapter outlines the laws in U.S. states and in Israel, South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia. Jewish law also is discussed, along with the views of several Christian denominations and other religions regarding surrogacy.

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Image: New Zealand's oldest mother, Lyn Mason
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New Zealand's oldest mother, Lyn Mason, and her husband Ian tell Denise Irvine how they cope with their young family and other people's curiosity.

It's a few days before Celine Mason's birthday, and when asked what she'd like as a present, she replies promptly, a little pony.

This is not of the four-legged, ride-on variety, but the brand of My Little Pony toys popular with girls, and Celine would like to add another one to her collection. She fishes in the toy cupboard and shows some of her favourites.

Big brother Dean, 8, had his birthday in July, and he got a Star Wars Lego set that he's obviously had hours of pleasure from.

Both the Mason kids have a light sabre, and they've recently been to a dress-up Star Wars disco at Hukanui Primary. Some big people were dressed up in Star Wars costumes, says Dean. They looked real.

Dean and Celine cuddle up to their mother Lyn for a photograph in their pleasant home in Hamilton's northern suburbs. The years since they were born seemed to have flashed by, and yesterday Celine celebrated her sixth birthday.

There's nothing particularly remarkable about that. Except that Lyn was 55 when she gave birth to her daughter, and 53 when she had Dean.

Lyn made history as New Zealand's oldest mother, and both children were conceived by in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), with their father Ian's sperm and donor eggs from a family friend.

Although several women overseas have been reported to have given birth in their 50s, 60s and 70s, to the best of everyone's knowledge, Lyn holds the New Zealand record.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Stuff.co.nz
Read more: Sandwich generation - it's no picnic
Originally posted on July 01, 2012.

TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Empty Picture Frame: An Inconceivable Journey Through Infertility, by Jenna Currier Nadeau, Mike Nadeau. Publisher: Outskirts Press; 1 edition (April 25, 2007)The Empty Picture Frame: An Inconceivable Journey Through Infertility
by Jenna Currier Nadeau, Mike Nadeau

-- What has amazed me over the last four years is the ability for every person who learns about our struggle to provide us with the most well-intentioned, yet inane advice possible.

Have you tried timing intercourse? I've heard yoga can help - and of course the knife in the heart, If you stop trying, you'll be amazed at how quickly it'll happen. Just relax.

No offense to the fertiles of the world, but just because you have a child doesn't mean you have any idea how it got here. I'm sure in your 8th grade science class you learned of fallopian tubes, ovulation, sperm, ovaries, and you might even have been witness to the frightening movie where the mother screams as the baby is being delivered in a horrifying display of excruciating rips and tears.

I'm sure you might have even been scared when you heard that a woman could get pregnant anytime, and that's why protection was crucial.

What you probably weren't told was that a fertile couple only has a 20% chance of getting pregnant in any one month, and that more often the window of opportunity isn't 28 days, but closer to 48 hours.

You probably missed the part of the lesson that explained how the thickness of the endometrial lining had to be a certain number of millimeters, and that how much fat your body was made of actually played a considerable role in the whole process.

The body is a remarkable thing, and can compensate for many imperfections, and for most people it is forgiving of the slightly tilted uterus, or a semi-closed fallopian tube, a weaker quality egg, or a few extra pounds.

But for the millions of other women in the world, conceiving a baby is a process that is truly a miracle; a precise combination of old fashioned faith and the most modern medical technologies.

Infertility is a disease that affects over 6 million people in the United States alone. What that statistic fails to consider are the people who are affected by those millions of infertiles; the people who don't know what to say or how to act.

These people can't conceive of the inconceivable because they have not faced infertility or they have not had desire to raise children. On both sides of the disease are people who feel helpless; unable to fix the problem and incapable of eliminating the pain.

By picking up this book, you are opening a door to the life of an infertile. The journey of my husband and I may not be exactly that of your loved one, but I can assure you the worries, decisions, pain and frustration will be similar.

Read these words and you may be able to view your infertile loved one in a new light, and with that light you may understand and empathize with their struggle.

It is my hope that infertiles reading this will find solace in the words of a fellow veteran of this disease. You won't hear me suggest that there is a sure fire method to fixing the problem. I don't necessarily believe that in the end everything will work out as it should.

What you will hear is my deepest admiration for the path you are on. Perhaps you will find comfort in the words of an infertile couple who has been to hell and back, and has the bruises, both literal and figurative, to prove it.

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Image: Photo Credit: Mother and Son, by Irenaeus Herwindo on FreeImages
Mother and Son, by Irenaeus Herwindo
April 13, 2005 - Just six weeks from delivering her sixth child, 43-year-old Kelly Campillo didn't flinch an inch when I asked if she would like to be a Cook of the Week.

As cool as a lemon sorbet, she agreed to be interviewed, supply recipes, cook and pose for a picture... as if she had nothing else to do.

It's true that two of the four boys are off at college, but two more are active high schoolers.

Plus she chases after a 3-year-old daughter while awaiting the birth of Clare, her bun in the oven!

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Daily Herald
Read more: Mom-to-be, 43, relaxes by hosting dinner parties
Originally posted in April 13, 2005.



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy, by Ophelia Austin-Small. Publisher: Calla Lilly Press / Lulu.com; 2 edition (December 27, 2007)Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy
by Ophelia Austin-Small

-- Pregnancy books on the market have one of two audiences - the teen with an unplanned pregnancy or the adult with a planned and chosen one.

Nowhere is there a book for the almost 3 million adult women facing surprise pregnancy every year.

Surprise Motherhood is aimed directly at that gap, telling the stories of Ophelia and other women who have faced unplanned pregnancy as adult, professional women.

With extensive information about options, paternity, career issues, postpartum depression, finances, and more, Surprise Motherhood is the only reference of its kind, and is sure to be an invaluable reader resource.

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Image: Mrs Bezant received eggs fertilized by her husband
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A 56-year-old woman has become the oldest mother of twins in the UK, after receiving fertility treatment.

Lynn Bezant, from Croughton in Northamptonshire, gave birth to the boy and girl by Caesarean section on Thursday.

The fertility expert who treated her has defended his decision, saying he was delighted by news of the birth to a kind and loving couple.

The non-identical twins, called David and Susan, were born by Caesarean section at 36 weeks into the pregnancy at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, Oxon.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on BBC.co.uk
Read more: Woman has twins at 56
Originally posted on May 26, 2001.



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Image: The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43 1/4, by Cari Rosen. Publisher: Vermilion (September 12, 2011)The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43 1/4
by Cari Rosen

-- Whatever your age, becoming a mum for the first time brings with it excitement, anxiety and numerous challenges.

But how do you cope when, to top it all, you discover you are old enough to be the mother of everyone else in your NCT group?

The story of one woman, one new baby, a slipped disc and rather too many wrinkles, The Secret Diary of a New Mum (Aged 43 1/4) follows the tale of a midlife mum as she tries to make the transition from experienced TV producer to utterly inexperienced parent.

One in five babies is born to a mum over 35, and the number of over 40's giving birth has doubled.

The first humorous narrative account of what it's really like to be a midlife mum - whether it's deftly side-stepping any questions about age and baby number two or weeping as younger counterparts ping back into their size ten jeans within thirty seconds of giving birth.

This is the thoroughly entertaining, insightful and often hilarious account of what happens as you face up to menopause and new motherhood at the same time.

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Image: Woman who believed she was going through menopause gives birth to baby girlA Massachusetts woman who wrongly believed changes occurring to her body were due to menopause was shocked to learn she was actually pregnant with her first child.

Judy Brown, 47, went to Beverly Hospital emergency room with severe abdominal pains.

Doctors examining her discovered the pregnancy, and had an additional surprise for Brown and her husband Jason...

(The doctors said,) 'It's good news there’s no blockage, you are pregnant and you are going to have her now!' she told the news station.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on FoxNews.com
Read more: Woman who believed she was going through menopause gives birth to baby girl
Originally posted on November 6, 2015.

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Image: Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy, by Leslie Leyland Fields. Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 21, 2006)Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy
by Leslie Leyland Fields

-- Unplanned pregnancies happen to women in every season of life: the newly married, the never-married, the empty-nester, the teenager, the overworked mother, the career woman.

Yet we rarely talk about how lonely and confusing this experience can be.

In Surprise Child, Leslie Leyland Fields, who experienced two unplanned pregnancies in her forties, lyrically weaves her own story with the stories of other women who understand the isolation you face as expectations and plans are turned upside down to make room for a child.

Each year, more than three million women discover themselves pregnant–at a hard time, the wrong time, at a difficult place in their lives. I am one of those women...

Together, these women walk with you month-by-month through the physical and emotional stages of pregnancy, voicing with startling honesty their own anxieties and struggles.

Here you will find the companionship and hope you need to journey toward new life.

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Image: Paternity beyond the grave: a grandma's quest
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A Moscow woman is attempting to continue the legacy of her dead son by producing grandchildren he will never see.

But Russia’s surrogacy law, known as most liberal in Europe, is placing obstacles in the way.

Artyom was 19 when he died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive type of cancer.

Before chemotherapy, doctors suggested he freeze some of his sperm, in case the treatment led to infertility.

After he died, his mother Natalya knew there was still a chance to continue his genetic legacy.

She decided to hire a surrogate mother to bear the embryo made from her son’s sperm and a donor’s egg.

That was when she entered the murky waters of Russia’s surrogacy laws.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on RT.com
Read more: Paternity beyond the grave: a grandma's quest
Originally posted on February 13, 2010.

TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: A Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy, by Gail Dutton. Publisher: Clouds Publishing; 1st edition (April 1, 1997)
A Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy
by Gail Dutton

-- Published in 1997, this book is a step-by-step guide to surrogate parenting.

It discusses finding and working with a surrogate, what a surrogate program provides, what to include in the contracts, recommended testing for potential surrogates, detailed costs for each item related to surrogacy, the medical procedure, medications and their side effects, embryo cryo-preservation, demographics of surrogates and surrogate couples and the effects of surrogacy upon children.

One chapter outlines the laws in U.S. states and in Israel, South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia. Jewish law also is discussed, along with the views of several Christian denominations and other religions regarding surrogacy.

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Image: Calgary Foothills hospital where the twins were born
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CALGARY -- After more than 40 years of trying to get pregnant, a Calgary woman has given birth to twins at the age of 60.

Alberta Health Services officials confirmed Ranjit Hayer gave birth on Tuesday - making her one of the oldest women to deliver a baby in Canada - and that mother and children are in good condition.

I always said there should be a baby, Hayer was quoted by CBC Radio yesterday.

I had my heart set on it, I wanted a baby.

After 43 years of trying to get pregnant with her husband, which included surgery and three miscarriages, Hayer reportedly underwent in vitro fertilization last year in India using a donor egg before returning to Canada.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on SimcoeReformer.ca
Read more: 60-year-old has twins
Originally posted on February, 2009.



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome In-fertility, by Angela C. Wu, Katherine Anttila, Betsy Brown. Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (September 5, 2006)Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome In-fertility
-- At Wu's Healing Center in San Francisco, miracles are happening.

Women and their partners come to the clinic--often from across the country -- to fulfill a passionately held yet fragile dream: to conceive and deliver the healthy baby that mainstream doctors have told them they cannot have.

Using traditional Chinese medical techniques, sometimes integrated with Western fertility treatments, Dr. Angela Wu is helping these couples experience the miracle of birth.

At a time when one in five U.S. couples is struggling with fertility problems, this practical and uplifting volume, filled with the inspirational stories of Dr. Wu's grateful patients, will be a godsend.

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Image: Our little miracles: Twin boys for couple who spent 25 years and £100,000 trying to conceive
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The Wards spent around £100,000 and 25 years trying desperately for children of their own, and were on the verge of giving up when Mrs Ward finally fell pregnant - with twins.

Yesterday the proud new parents said they had no regrets at the astronomical expense of their quest to be a family as they showed off two-week-old boys Ben and Walker to the world.

Mrs Ward, 46, a nurse, said: When I held them for the first time, my eyes just filled up with tears.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Dailymail.co.uk
Read more: Our little miracles: Twin boys for couple who spent 25 years and £100,000 trying to conceive
Originally posted on January 15th, 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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