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Image: Monaco's Princess Caroline pregnant at 49
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Jan 27, 2006 - Monaco's Princess Caroline is reportedly pregnant again - at the age of 49.

The new baby will be the princess' second with her third husband, Prince Ernst of Hanover.

Caroline, the daughter of film icon Grace Kelly, already has four children, aged from six to 21 years old.
This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on MonstersandCritics.com
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Originally posted on January 27, 2006


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest For Children, by Sylvia Hewlett. Publisher: Miramax; 1 edition (April 10, 2002)Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest For Children
by Sylvia Hewlett

-- A survey, undertaken specially for this book, shows that 40% of women earning $50,000 or more a year are childless at age 45.

So why is the age-old business of having babies so very elusive for this generation of high-achieving women?

Why is it that all the new power and prestige do not translate into easier choices on the family front?

It seems that women can be astronauts, CEOs, Secretaries of State, but increasingly, they cannot be mothers.

Sylvia Hewlett's powerful book looks at the hard and disturbing facts and goes on to advocate a new way of approaching the question of motherhood vs. career for a new generation of women.

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Image: Pregnant Woman makes Heart, by StockSnap on PixabayI just decided I'd give you some positives.

I am 44 years old and have a 7-month-old son, a 3-year-old son, a 4-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter.

I also was pregnant three additional times (between the birth of the 3-year-old and my most recent addition), but lost them due to miscarriage (all flukes, at different stages of development).

All children were conceived on the first or second attempt; all pregnancies were easy without complication; all births also without complication. The risks are so overstated.

Yes, they exist and yes, they are greater than at a younger age, but the increase is not dramatic and the odds are still very much in your favor of having a baby that is happy, healthy and wise!

Even though it may sound impossible, it's entirely probable to get pregnant during menopause - although the chances of a woman getting pregnant are decidedly slimmer during middle age compared to during her 20s and 30s.

Egg production naturally decreases by 50-percent by the time most women reach the age of 40. The percentage continues to decline every year after.

Yet, women are not completely infertile until menstruation has stopped for 12 months straight.

In fact, almost 70-percent of women between the ages of 40- and 44-years old ovulate regularly during the perimenopause stage.

In fact, about half of perimenopausal women between the ages of 40- and 49-years of age don't use any contraception, which results in more than 60-percent of unplanned pregnancies and abortions in women over 40.

There you have it - it is possible to become pregnant during menopause!

So if you don't want to become pregnant, continue using a reliable birth control method.


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Image: Birth Begins at Forty: Challenging the Myths of Late Motherhood, by Corinne Sweet (Author). Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton (June 1, 2001)
Birth Begins at Forty: Challenging the Myths of Late Motherhood
by Elizabeth Gregory

-- More and more women are giving birth in their forties, and for some, it will be their first baby.

What was unusual is now becoming quite common, yet little has been written on this dramatic shift.

This book tells all and is the result of honest and revealing interviews.

The book covers a range of topics, including the trend to late parenthood; how do you decide?; how easy is it?; the risks and differences with late motherhood; combating age prejudice; getting life back on track; having another baby; fathers over 40; and the benefits and delights.

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Image: Daryl Peddar and Max: It's been quite the challenge - but now we have him, and it's brilliant
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Max, a chubby-cheeked, eight-pound boy with a shock of strawberry blond hair, arrived on a crisp November afternoon.

Just shy of nine months earlier, 45-year-old Daryl Peddar had given motherhood one final chance.

For the past six years, Peddar and her husband, Andrew, had been struggling to start a family.

They had gone through five failed rounds of assisted reproduction, two painful pregnancy losses and at one point, given up altogether.

It is very disheartening when nothing seems to be working. We had basically decided this was the last time we would try for a baby, Peddar said of their final attempt through in vitro fertilization (IVF).

We thought, if it did not work, then it was obviously not meant to be.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on ParentCentral.ca
Read more: Long journey ends in first-time motherhood at 45
Originally posted on January 3, 2012.



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility, by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer. Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Revised Edition edition (March 13, 1998)pixelThe Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility
by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer

-- Parents who have wondered about the long term impact of infertility on their self-image will find the answers in this insightful book by Lois Melina, author of Raising Adopted Children and Making Sense of Adoption.

Finally, here's a book that's sensitive and responsive to the unique emotional experience of parenting after a long, arduous course of infertility diagnosis and treatment.

The Long-Awaited Stork gives you all the information, advice, and support you need to adjust to and cope with the special problems of parenting after infertility.

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Image: Giving Birth After 50 - Miraculous or Morally Wrong

The intense debate surrounding a very touchy subject.

In a fascinating article that recently appeared in New York Magazine, writer Lisa Miller outlines and ultimately defends the current boom of men and women becoming parents at age 50 and beyond.

The article begins with an anecdote - a couple meets and falls in love when she's 47 years old, and he's 54 years old.

Through a donor egg and her husband's sperm, the woman gives birth to her first daughter at age 50.

Two years later, she attempts to get pregnant again.

This time, she has to be brought out of menopause with hormones before she is able to become pregnant.

Shortly thereafter, she gives birth to her second daughter.

This anecdote is only one of many, and they're on the rise. Birth rates among women ages 45 to 49 have risen 17% in just the past three years alone. Reproductive technology, of course, accounts for this sharp increase.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TheMortonReport.com
Read more: Giving Birth After 50: Miraculous or Morally Wrong?
Originally posted in September 27, 2011.
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Image: Acupuncture and IVF: Increase IVF Success by 40-60%, by Lifang Liang. Publisher: Blue Poppy Press (August 2003)Acupuncture and IVF: Increase IVF Success by 40-60%
by Lifang Liang

-- The information in this book can increase your success rate with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) by as much as 60%.

Research has shown that acupuncture alone can increase the success rate of IVF by 35%. By also adding Chinese herbal medicine, it is Dr. Lifang Liangs experience that you can almost double that increase.

In this book, Dr. Liang describes her extremely successful step-by-step protocols for combining acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with IVF.

Whether you are a Western MD specializing in infertility, a Chinese medical practitioner, or a couple experiencing difficulties in conceiving, this book is sure to give you new hope and a new approach to dealing with this all too common and difficult condition.

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Image: Saffron Burrows, 40, unveils her baby bump
August 2, 2012 -- British actress Saffron Burrows revealed her advanced pregnancy on a night out in Los Angeles.

The actress, 40, made headline when she embarked on a relationship with fellow British actress and True Blood star Fiona Shaw, 54, a few years ago after a string of high-profile flings with the opposite sex.

Former Law and Order star Saffron was seen leaving upscale restaurant Madeo in West Hollywood, with one hand resting on her huge baby bump.

The actress looked fabulous in a simple blue sleeveless V-neck dress, which she paired with beige sandals which had a feminine bow at her ankles.

Saffron wore her auburn hair loose around her shoulders and appeared to be wearing little if no make-up, her natural pregnancy glow on full display.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on DailyMail.co.uk
Read more: Saffron Burrows, 40, unveils her baby bump
Originally posted in August 2, 2012.
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility, by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer. Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Revised Edition edition (March 13, 1998)The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility
by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer

-- Parents who have wondered about the long term impact of infertility on their self-image will find the answers in this insightful book by Lois Melina, author of Raising Adopted Children and Making Sense of Adoption.

Finally, here's a book that's sensitive and responsive to the unique emotional experience of parenting after a long, arduous course of infertility diagnosis and treatment.

The Long-Awaited Stork gives you all the information, advice, and support you need to adjust to and cope with the special problems of parenting after infertility.

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Click to order/for more info: The Long-Awaited Stork
Image: 55-year-old Woman Delivers Twins in India

August 27, 2007 - For a long, long time she had been longing for a child.

And menopause had overtaken her.

Still, she would not give up.

She feels doubly rewarded now, literally.

On Monday morning, 55-year-old Brinda became the proud mother of two.

Her twins were delivered at a fertility clinic in Chennai, a south Indian city.

She is now probably the oldest woman in India to deliver twins.

Both the baby boys, delivered during the hour-long cesarean section, and their proud mother are in good health, hospital authorities said.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on MedIndia.net
Read more: 55-year-old Woman Delivers Twins in India
Originally posted on August 27, 2007

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 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 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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Image: Woman, 55, gives birth to triplet grandchildren

A 55-year-old woman who gave birth to triplets for a daughter who was medically unable to conceive said Wednesday she was a caring incubator and was awe-struck when she learned she was carrying three children.

Tina Cade delivered her own grandchildren — two boys and a girl — by Caesarean section Tuesday at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital.

She served as a surrogate for her oldest daughter, Camille Hammond, and Hammond's husband, Jason.

She told NBC’s “Today” that she was awe-struck — I could not believe it when the doctor told her there would be triplets.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on NBCnews.com
Read more: Woman, 55, gives birth to triplet grandchildren
Originally posted on January 11th, 2005.
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Image: Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank, by Evelina W Sterling, Angie Best-Boss. Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (March 17, 2009)
Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank
by Evelina W Sterling, Angie Best-Boss

-- Having a baby can be one of the most wonderful times of your life -- but if you need help to conceive, it can swiftly become a staggeringly expensive undertaking.

With the average cost of infertility treatments ranging from $35,000 to $85,000 in the United States (most of which is not covered by insurance companies), many women and couples find themselves having to make difficult choices about building their families.

Getting a grip on your finances is one of the few things you can do to regain control of this process. Infertility experts Evelina Weidman Sterling and Angie Best-Boss have created the ultimate guide to ensuring the most cost-effective care with the highest chances for success.

With anecdotes, interviews, and advice from both doctors and patients, you can easily apply these specific money-saving strategies to your own unique situation.

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Image: A new adventure: 48-year-old mom gives birth to baby boy




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.
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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)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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Image: 62-Year-Old Could Be Oldest to Give Birth

April 24, 1992 - ROME — A 62-year-old woman has become pregnant after a test-tube conception, her doctor said Thursday.

She apparently would be the oldest person to give birth if she delivers successfully.

Concetta Ditessa, a housewife from a Calabrian village in southern Italy, is due to give birth to a boy in August.

She has had no complications, Dr. Raffaele Magli said in a telephone interview from his office in Naples.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on LAtimes.com
Read more: 62-Year-Old Could Be Oldest to Give Birth
Originally posted on April 24, 1992

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Grade A Baby Eggs: An Infertility Memoir
by Victoria Hopewell

-- Victoria Hopewell was a forty-something divorced clinical psychologist when she met and married a longtime bachelor whose ninety-year-old parents were anxiously waiting for a grandchild.

Problem was, even though Victoria had two young daughters from a previous marriage, her intense desire to create a baby with her new husband was thwarted by her own body.

Her eggs were aging faster than her healthy hormones and youthful appearance would suppose.

Desperate to bear a child, willing to undergo every procedure from Lupron shots through egg harvesting and in vitro fertilization (IVF), she is blocked at every corner of medical protocol from achieving her dream of a successful pregnancy.

Finally, she journeys toward acceptance of using a donor egg, much to the dismay of her growing daughters.

But no eggs are available, and she is placed on a lengthy hospital wait-list. Victoria and her husband then embark on a surrealistic egg hunt to find their own donor.

Follow her insider's account of the hidden world of egg donation-where women's eggs are bought and sold over the internet and a beautiful model with high SATs and a prior successful donation commands the highest prices.

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