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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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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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.

πŸ“š Paperback: 224 pages
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Image: Joy of Scotland's oldest mother, aged 50. Photo Credit: Programmes.STV.tv
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Juliet Le Page became Scotland's oldest mother when she gave birth at 50 years old.

Having settled down with her husband Richard, who is ten years her junior, Juliet has always been determined to have children.

I was quite a determined person, I'd met my husband and thought 'I really want to have a family with this man', Juliet said.

I was pretty sure I wasn't able to conceive naturally, so it had to be some form of assisted conception.

The proportion of women in the UK having children in their forties is the highest it has been in decades.

Fertility rates for women aged 30 and over has gradually increased since 1980, with more women having children between 30 and 34 than those aged 25-29 since 2002.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Scotsman.com
Read more: Joy of Scotland's oldest mother, aged 50
Originally posted on November 27, 2008


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Right Time Baby
Right Time Baby: The Complete Guide to Later Motherhood and Pregnancy
by Claudia Spahr

-- There couldn't be a better time for motherhood than after you've explored some of your own dreams and ambitions.

Studies show later mothers to be more secure emotionally and financially than younger mothers and nearly a quarter of all women in the UK are now having babies after 35.

Packed full of useful tips from top medical experts, scientists and world authorities, including Dr. Michel Odent and Dr. Marilyn Glenville, this book is a complete guide for the woman who's lived a life before giving birth.

It covers: preparing for pregnancy and motherhood; how to improve egg quality and prolong fertility so you can get pregnant naturally; exercises, relaxation techniques, mind-body connection for conception; how to increase your chances of success at IVF; making the most of your pregnancy, month by month; ways to avoid pregnancy loss; pregnancy yoga and natural remedies for common pregnancy ailments; how to have the best birth possible; from me to mum - adjusting to lack of sleep, relationship changes and that other job; parenting secrets and concepts from around the globe to inspire new mothers; and, the latest research in neuroscience, nutrition and psychology.

Get ready to embrace the biggest, most exciting transition of your life!

πŸ“š Paperback: 320 pages
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Image: Jacqueline Gold, pregnant at 48
Photo credit: MARTIN POPE / Telegraph.co.uk - All rights reserved


Jacqueline Gold likes to joke she has lived her whole life backwards.

At 48 years old, at the peak of an enormously successful career – she is CEO of Gold Group International (which owns Ann Summers) and one of the most powerful women in British retailing.

She is about to fulfill a dream she put on hold as a young woman.

Finally, at an age when most women are approaching menopause, Jacqueline is settling into her first pregnancy.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Telegraph.co.uk
Read more: Jacqueline Gold: I'm just so lucky to be pregnant at 48
Originally posted on January 12, 2009.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
IVF: A Patient's Guide
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 not 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.

πŸ“š Paperback: 174 pages
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Image: Grandmother reading a book to her grandchildren, by Aline Dassel on Pixabay

Francine posted: A lady here, who was 56 years old, where I lived had twins not too long ago.

If she can do it, we certainly can right????

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Elisabeth posted: When I started 'serious' TTC (trying to conceive),  my role model (if you will) was a woman who tried umpteen injection cycles (no IUI),.

She got a chemical pregnancy (early miscarriage) almost every month.

She was about to quit, right before her 46th birthday, and tried one more cycle, even though her FSH # that month was not ideal.

BAM! Nine months later, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy!

Her story did more to impress me, and to keep me going in the hard times we had early on, than anything else.

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Cheryle posted: My maternal grandmother was 40 years old at the birth of her last child.

She lived to be 91 years old.

Her sister was 43 years old at the birth of her last child, and she lived to 93 1/2.

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Susan posted: My mom was 44 years old when I was born.

She's 74 years old this year and still kicking.

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Debbie posted: My grandmother was 42 years old when she had her last child, and she lived to 93 years old.

I would think that the correlation probably has more to do with good genes.

Good genes are more likely to lead to fertility at a later age and a longer life span.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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.

πŸ“š Paperback: 256 pages
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Image: Pregnancy over 40: Deborah Lynn White, mom at 45

I don't have a story of extreme devastation to tell.

I had heartache and pregnancy loss, but I finally got pregnant and had a healthy baby at 45 years old.

I was very lucky at 44 years old to get pregnant two out of four IUI [Intrauterine insemination] cycles, but you could be too.

The odds of my conceiving were 3% according to medical science, yet I got pregnant over 40 years old - two out of four tries.

I've dedicated myself to helping other women learn how to prepare themselves for trying to have a baby over 40 years old.

I wish I had found a book like 45 and Pregnant: How I Conceived and Delivered Naturally when I was going through testing, pregnancy loss, pregnancy, and delivery. It would have helped me understand what might happen next, how another woman dealt with it, and what I might be able to do.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on PregnancyOver40now.com
(Unfortunately the article is no longer online.)
Photo Credit: PregnancyOver40now.com


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
45 and Pregnant: How I Conceived and Delivered Naturally
by Liz Angeles

-- 45 and PREGNANT is a 3-part journey beginning 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 a 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.

πŸ“š Paperback: 222 pages
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Image: Daryl Peddar and Max: It's been quite the challenge - but now we have him, and it's brilliant
Photo credit: © David Cooper / Toronto Star - All rights reserved

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 TheStar.com
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)
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.

πŸ“š Paperback: 368 pages
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Image: Monaco's Princess Caroline pregnant at 49
Photo Credit: MonstersandCritics.com -- All Rights Reserved


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 FemaleFirst.co.uk
Read more: Monaco's Princess Caroline reportedly pregnant at 49
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 (January 7, 2004)
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.

πŸ“š Paperback: 352 pages
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Image: Two baby headbutt, by lisatozzi, on Flickr

A quadruplet pregnancy occurred in a woman 51 years of age following oocyte donation and embryo transfer.

Successful pregnancy occurred following two previously unsuccessful attempts.

The patient underwent a selective reduction of her pregnancy to two fetuses at approximately 13 weeks gestational age.

Her pregnancy continued uneventfully and she underwent the delivery of two viable infants at 38 weeks gestational age by Caesarean section.

This case represents the first quadruplet pregnancy to be established in a woman of 50 years of age or older.

It illustrates both the benefits and risks of oocyte donation to women of advanced reproductive age.
This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Oxfordjournals.org
Read the abstract: Quadruplet pregnancy in a 51-year-old menopausal woman following oocyte donation
Originally posted on May 28, 1993


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation
by Ellen Sarasohn, Evelina Weidman Sterling

-- A comprehensive book for people considering parenthood through donated ova, and those supporting them.

It takes readers through the decision-making process, focusing on questions they are likely to be asking themselves, including:

Are we candidates for egg donation? Will it work?

How much does it cost? How do we find a donor?

How do we talk about our decision with others? How will we tell our children?

Ethical questions related to egg donation are also examined:

Can a donor truly have informed consent?

Is it ethically correct for donors to receive payment, and, if so, is the payment for time and effort or for their eggs?

πŸ“š Paperback: 312 pages
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Image: An old lady smiles on a whale watching trip, ReykjavΓ­k, Iceland, by Silvia Cosimini, on FreeImages

November 10, 1992 --- DEAR ABBY:
This is for Found Love Late who wonders if she's too old to have a child in her mid-40s:

I was 45 and my husband was 50 when I became pregnant. We had been childless for 22 years and it was a great shock, to put it mildly. My doctor assured me that my age was no problem because my health was excellent.

I had an uneventful and easy pregnancy and was thrilled when I delivered a beautiful baby girl.

We had some adjustments to make to our lifestyle, but we handled them well.

Chris has been the joy of my life. She is 32 years old now, happily married and has given me four beautiful grandchildren.

I am now a widow - 78 years young.

Is it fair for a child to have a menopausal mom? I will let my daughter answer that question. I'm enclosing her letter...



DEAR ABBY: My mother gave me an assignment I am accepting happily.

She asked me what it was like having a menopausal mother. I never knew I had one. I suppose most kids think their parents are "old" - but I never thought mine was any older than the rest.

In fact, I always thought my parents were pretty cool - especially my mom. She was always up on the latest fashions, styles, and trends, and she dressed accordingly. (She still does.)

My mom is my best friend. We talk on the phone every day and get together at least once a week to go shopping. She can run circles around me. I have to ask her to stop so I can rest.

I want to tell those women who found love late and had children later than most women:

Don't worry about looking like a grandmother at PTA meetings. You will see women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and colors there. Lots of moms are
also grandmothers from their older children. Besides, with today's lifestyles, many children are being raised by their grandparents, so I
doubt that you will be the oldest mother there.

But most of all, please don't worry about what your children might think about having an older mom. I had one, and it never even crossed my mind at the time. I had the most wonderful childhood a kid could have, and the best parents in the world and your children will probably think the same.

-- IDA'S DAUGHTER: CHRIS KNIGHT, VERO BEACH, FLA.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Google News
Read more: Letters show older moms aren't new
Originally posted on November 10, 1992.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Enhancing Fertility
Enhancing Fertility: A Couple's Guide to Natural Approaches
by Chris D. Meletis and Liz Brown

-- This book is dedicated to the millions of couples who are trying to get pregnant without success.

Rather than assuming that you are infertile, you can try the many reliable natural remedies and resources in this book.

Barring physical problems beyond your control, you have the power to take charge of your health and boost your fertility.

The authors' goal is simple: to provide a clear guide to conception based on natural, safe, well-researched therapeutic approaches.

Nutritional, environmental, botanical, and physical medicines, as well as traditional Chinese medical practices and homeopathy, all offer ways to promote fertility.

Both men and women will find a wealth of helpful information on what to do-individually and together--to fully realize their fertility potential.

Even if infertility isn't a problem, and you are simply planning to get pregnant and want to deliver a healthy baby, this book will help improve your chances.

Anyone seeking to become a parent will benefit from this book's practical, time-tested wisdom.

The healthier a woman is, the greater the likelihood the seed of life will find fertile soil and grow into a healthy baby.

πŸ“š Paperback: 202 pages
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