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Image: Bio: An award-winning journalist, Caren Chesler has spent half her 25-year career as a general news reporter and the other half covering business

We had Eddie late in life. Bruce is 52 and I’m 48 years old.

The funny thing is, I expected people to think we were his grandparents.

Instead, I'll see people my age with a child and assume they're the parents.

I took a long time to get engaged, to get married and to come around to the idea of having children.

Image: The Dancing Egg — An IVF Story for the Over 40 CrowdFor a long time, I thought I didn't want any. I changed my mind.

But by that time, my body had gone to seed, like a stalk of dill, or parsley. Yellowed. Spent.

So at 45 years old, I decided to try in vitro fertilization.

My first attempt was with eggs generously donated by my sister. It didn't work.

So at 46 years old, I tried again – this time with eggs from a 20-year old ballerina.

By veteran journalist, Caren Chesler, mother at 47, author of the blog:
The Dancing Egg — An IVF Story for the Over 40 Crowd.


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: Pamela Butler, surrogate mum at 57

This six-month-old bundle of joy is the most wonderful gift Pamela Butler could have ever given her daughter.

His name is Josef and, while 57-year-old Pamela has entered the record books by giving birth to the blue-eyed boy, he will always know her as Gran.

She carried him in her own womb for her daughter and son-in-law Nichola and Mathew Pagett after her daughter discovered she was unable to carry a baby.

And this overwhelming gesture of love makes her the oldest known surrogate mum in Britain today.

Pamela, from Blackwood, said: I wanted to help Nichola more than anything – it was the greatest gift I could give her.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on WalesOnline.co.uk

Read more: Welsh gran becomes oldest surrogate in UK for her daughter
Originally posted on February 27, 2011.

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Image: What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir, by Alice Eve Cohen. Publisher: Viking Adult (July 9, 2009)What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir
by Alice Eve Cohen
--A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possible

At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years.

After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Alice tells her fiancé that she's never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.

In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb - six months into a high-risk pregnancy.

What I Thought I Knew is a page-turner filled with vivid characters, humor, and many surprises and twists of fate.

With the suspense of a thriller and the intimacy of a diary, Cohen describes her unexpected journey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the hotly contested terrain of motherhood and family in today's society.

Timely and compelling, What I Thought I Knew will capture readers of memoirs such as Eat, Pray, Love; The Glass Castle; and A Three Dog Life.

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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


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Image: Right Time Baby: The Complete Guide to Later Motherhood and Pregnancy, by Claudia Spahr. Publisher: Hay House (May 1, 2011)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!

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Image: World's Oldest Mom: Omkari Panwar, 72, gave birth to twins last week in IndiaA 72-year-old woman who has two children and five grandchildren has given birth to twins, making her the world's oldest mother.

Omkari Panwar delivered twins, a boy and a girl, by Caesarean section last week.

I am very happy, Charam Singh, 75, the father of the twins, told ABC News through an interpreter.

Singh was reluctant to speak because he has received negative publicity for his wife's having children at such an advanced age.

Even many people of his village in India's state of Uttar Pradesh haven't supported the decision. Still, he and his wife are happy.

The desire for a male child has always been there, but God did not bless us with a male child, he said of the son who is a product of in-vitro fertilization.

Now, we are very grateful to God, who has answered our prayers.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on ABCnews.go.com
Read more: World's Oldest Mom
Originally posted on July 4, 2008.

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Image: Pregnancy Miracle | clinically proven holistic and ancient Chinese system for permanently reversing your infertilityPregnancy 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: 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
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July 16, 1969 - Suddenly I'm young again, grandmother Mrs. Joanna Du Plessis said today.

Mrs. Du Plessis, 58 years old, gave birth to a 5 lb. baby 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 she was pregnant.

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

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on The Age
Read more: Oldest Mother Did Not Know
Originally posted on July 17, 1969.


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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)The 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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Image: Ann Conlon-Smith, board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and La Leche League leader for over 20 years | Triangle Lactation | mother of six sons, all breastfeed

Ann Conlon-Smith, a mother in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA who lost a lot of blood after her cesarean delivery of twins at the age of 47, found herself with a low milk supply that lagged for three months.

It was an awful time and I was terrified - I didn't know if I was 'too old to breastfeed' or just what had happened. I used lots of milk bank milk, pumped continuously, and put the babies to breast all day and all night.

Many factors can affect milk supply, including conditions such as hypertension, anemia, and severe postpartum bleeding.

Nonetheless, with hard work, good guidance and support, and lots of patience, an older mother will, in most cases, be able to build up her milk supply.

Determined for her twins to receive no less than their singleton siblings did, Ann persevered and her milk supply did improve.

While she and her family were grieving deeply and endlessly the drowning death of her two-year-old son, Gregory, Ann Conlon-Smith recalls how desperately she wanted one more child.

I had no idea that suddenly I would no longer be able to become pregnant, when four times previously, I got pregnancy exactly when I wanted to, and even when I did not intend to!

I wish my doctor had told me that because of my advanced age (46) I might need to work with a reproductive endocrinologist or fertility clinic. We finally did just that and conceived our precious twins.

Reflecting on the eventual weaning of the last children she intends to have, Ann states, I wonder what it will be like to miss seeing their eyelids flutter and close in rest and to feel that deep relaxation and rest that I never feel in any other way. I think I will always miss it.

It will remain the most cherished memory of my young children's lives and their connection to me.


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Image: The Fertility Code, by Dermot O'Connor. Publisher: Ybooks (July 27, 2012)-The Fertility Code
by Dermot O'Connor
-- The Fertility Code program delivers a powerful and practical step-by-step approach for those who wish to give themselves the best chance of starting a family.

As many as 500,000 couples in the UK and Ireland actively seek help with fertility, such as IVF treatment each year. While some are legitimate candidates, many have been proven to just need proper lifestyle and fertility advice and assistance in order to conceive.

The Fertility Code is designed for these people, and for those who need more serious intervention, to optimize their fertility. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to preventing a couple from having a baby.

This is why it is important that a fertility plan should address as many of these potential issues as possible. Through many years' experience of helping thousands of couples to become parents, Dermot O'Connor knows that such a plan must be easy to understand, easy to implement and genuinely effective.

The Fertility Code combines the best of both Eastern and Western medicine to provide a comprehensive guide to conceiving successfully and carrying a baby to full term.
It details the optimum plan to enhance fertility, and delivers a proven strategy, incorporating the key elements consistently utilized by the couples Dermot has helped:

• Fertility Awareness Strategies
• The psychology of fertility
• Optimum nutrition for conception and pregnancy
• The importance of detoxification

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Image: Linda de Lange gave birth to 4th at 48
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When Linda de Lange gave birth to her fourth son, one month away from her 48th birthday, the unplanned pregnancy divided her family and friends.

From some of my female friends, there was immediate hysterical laughter – they would say it was their worst nightmare. Others were very jealous.

At that stage in life, the choices are being taken away from you. I became aware that quite a few women I knew had a secret yen for another child, she says.

But that was nothing compared with the response from her doctor.

My GP said: 'I've never met anyone as old as you who have given birth.' That was really not helpful, says Mrs de Lange, laughing now, eight years after Benjamin was born.

There was one more tricky audience to face.

She and her husband, Matthew, had to tell their three sons – then aged between 15 and 20 – who were, she says, pretty disgusted by the thought of what their parents had been up to.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Telegraph.co.uk
Read more: Motherhood is easier if you're older
Originally posted in March 4, 2012.



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Image: Pregnancy Miracle: clinically proven holistic and ancient Chinese system for permanently reversing your infertilityPregnancy 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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Pregnancy Miracle
Image: An older woman from Turkey. Illustration | Photo: AFI

A 64-year-old Turkish woman has given birth to a baby boy in Istanbul, becoming the second oldest mother in the world, a hospital spokesman said on Wednesday.

After 35 years of trying, Memnune Tiryaki became pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF) -- by egg transfer from a donor -- in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) and delivered her baby by Cesarean section on Monday in the private German Hospital here.

She had to get the operation performed in the KKTC since egg transplants are forbidden in Turkey.

It's a great success... She is the second oldest woman in the world to have given birth, hospital spokesman Bulent Biricik told Agence France-Presse, adding a Romanian had given birth at the age of 67 in 2005.

Both the mother and the boy are fine, he said, adding they were expected to be discharged from hospital later on Wednesday.

The baby was 48 centimeters long and weighed 2.7 kilograms.

No one should discuss my age and make calculations of how long I will live, Tiryaki told Sabah newspaper.

I just wanted to have a child, and no one else can know how happy I am.

The 62-year-old father was equally joyous. Science made it possible and God helped us, Ömer Tiryaki said.

The only thing I care about from now on is the happiness of my child.

We always believed we would succeed, he told Hurriyet newspaper.

Since we are both retired, we will raise the baby together.

The Turkish Cypriot doctor who performed the IVF treatment said he made the decision after much hesitation over Tiryaki's age.

I was doubtful, but they convinced me, Halil Ibrahim Tekin told Sabah.

They wanted this baby so much. They were ready to do anything.

He explained only 25 percent of women aged over 40 stands a chance of becoming pregnant through IVF treatment, but even the uterus of a 90-year-old woman is medically fit for the operation.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on DNAindia.com
Read more: Turkish woman gives birth at age 64
Originally posted on October 11, 2006.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy After 40: 40 Things No One Told You About Being Pregnant Over 40 (Pregnancy Plan Series), by Jill Conrad, Pregnancy Support Institute. Publisher: Pregnancy Tips (August 14, 2012)Pregnancy After 40: 40 Things No One Told You About Being Pregnant Over 40 (Pregnancy Plan Series)
by Jill Conrad, Pregnancy Support Institute

-- So you're over 40 and you've decided to get pregnant. You are not alone.

A growing number of women are waiting to have a baby until they are over 40.
This book will reveal:

♥ How you can have a healthy baby in your forties (in spite of all the warnings).
♥ What the biggest risks are and what you can do about them (it may not be as bad as you think)
♥ The 3 most important things you can do to have a healthy baby after 40 (you might already be doing some of them)
♥ Why older mothers often make better parents (the surprising reason)
♥ The one thing you should do every night to keep you fertile and able to conceive naturally (it takes 5 minutes)
…and Much More!

So get started and discover how to have the safest pregnancy and the healthiest baby when you are over 40 and pregnant.

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November 22, 1999 - Any baby is wonderful, and I speak as one who had her fourth baby when she was 47 years old.

(Not that I'm trying to compete here in the elderly mother stakes, at which I plainly win, just establishing my credentials to speak on the subject).

Having a baby late is no problem.

Apart from anything else the system gets flooded with natural oestrogen, which stands you in good stead for at least another 10 years.

If nature says you can, and gets you pregnant, then you can.

The empty cradle longing gets finally laid to rest: that strange restless feeling that you're only whole if you have a baby in your arms.

It's nothing to do with having more children that's rational, this is instinctive and truly powerful.

You may have more trouble than you expect from other women, who somehow feel that it isn't right, that there are only so many babies to go round, and you have nabbed another one out of turn.

They can get envious and peculiar.

On first suspecting this untoward event I went to a doctor and said other women tell me I shouldn't go through with this, my eggs are too old, as if I were some aging hen, to which he briskly replied.

 My mother was 47 when I was born, and there isn't anything wrong with me, which put an end to that discussion.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Independent.co.uk
Read more: A little advice from another older mother
Originally posted on November 22, 1999.


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Image:Fathers of a Certain Age: The Joys and Problems of Middle-Aged Fatherhood, by Martin Carnoy. Publisher: Fairview Press; 1st pbk. ed edition (May 6, 1997)Fathers of a Certain Age: The Joys and Problems of Middle-Aged Fatherhood
by Martin Carnoy

-- A father and son interview dozens of men in their 40s and 50s to discover why these men have decided to delay parenting or start over, and how they feel about fathering children in late middle age.

The result is a timely assessment of the challenges and rewards older fathers face, as seen through their own eyes and those of their wives and children.

Men are becoming fathers at 40, 50 or more, but there is very little information on what issues they will have to deal with or how to cope with the new life phase.

Lots of anecdotes of from families with either delayed or remarried fatherhood.

It offers glimpses of societal changes as we are all living longer and healthier and as a result, may have children later.

Discusses step-kids, May-December marriages, adoption, fathers-at-home, and more.

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