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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: First time mother: Fiona Palin, 49, who tried, unsuccessfully, to conceive for a decade, breastfeeds five-month-old daughter Kiki
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It may seem a concept that defies nature, but with the help of fertility specialists, rising numbers of women are giving birth to their firstborns at an age when many of their peers are anticipating, or enjoying, grandparenthood.

Ann Maloney, who gave birth to her first baby at 50, is just one example.

She told New York Magazine how she and her second husband, John Ross, who she met when she was 47, conceived using a donor egg within a year of meeting.

Fiona Palin, from Los Angeles, California, who, like Kelly Preston, was 48 when she gave birth to new baby daughter Katherine, is not much younger and also struggled to conceive.

Since she and husband Nick, 63, started trying for a baby ten years ago, she went through six failed IVF [in vitro fertilization] cycles and three tragic pregnancy losses.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on DailyMail.co.uk
Read more: When is an older mother TOO old? Meet the women becoming first-time parents in their fifties
Originally posted on October 26, 2011.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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: Sarbani Das Pal, 52 with twinsMay 8, 2014 -- Sital Das Pal, 60, and Sarbani, 52, had been trying to have a child since they married 35 years ago.

The couple finally became parents on April 29th when Sarbani gave birth to twins.

The process was long and difficult, but the mother and the babies are doing well.

This is the first such case in India,
said Ranjit Chakraborty, a consultant gynecologist at Bhagirathi Neotia Woman and Child Care Centre.

The couple from Durgapur had approached the hospital's fertility clinic, Genome.

The woman had her menopause and her husband had low sperm count because of his age, said Rohit Gutgutia, the doctor in charge of the clinic.

A 31-year-old woman was selected as an egg donor. Both she and Sarbani were put on medication.

Once ready, the eggs were retrieved from the donor and semen samples were collected from the husband.

Sperm was injected into the eggs and the embryos transferred to Sarbani's uterus.

After 32 weeks, Sarbani developed pregnancy-induced hypertension and jaundice, which made the doctors perform an emergency Caesarean section.

The baby boys are now in the hospital's special care section.

The birth of our babies was the best moment in our lives, said Sarbani.

A woman's ability to bear a child goes down by half after 40. She cannot bear a child naturally after menopause. Hence, the birth of the twins is special, said Chakraborty.

It is rare for a woman in her 50s to give birth. However, we have to keep in mind the social aspect of bearing children at an advanced age, said city-based gynecologist Bikash Banerjee.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TelegraphIndia.com
Read more: Woman in 50s gives birth to twin boys
Originally posted on May 8, 2014.
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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: Anthea Burns is a mum-to-be at 50
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They appear at first glance to be like any other semi-retired fifty-somethings.

But this Gold Coast couple is about to have their lives turned upside-down by becoming parents for the first time - without the help of IVF treatment.

All going to plan, at Pindara Hospital on June 15, Anthea Burns, 50 years old, will become one of the oldest women in Australia to have a baby who was conceived naturally.

The Australian record for the oldest mother was broken last year by a 57-year-old woman who gave birth to twins in a Perth hospital after receiving IVF treatment.

The couple have had no regrets before or since, and have set up a special trust for son Harry in case they died before he turned 18 years old.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on AdelaideNow.com.au
Read more: Anthea Burns is a mum-to-be at 50 and all without IVF
Originally posted on June 4, 2011.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: 50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility, by Sally Lewis and Nim Barnes. Publisher: Summersdale (October 1, 2011)50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility
by Sally Lewis and Nim Barnes

-- Practical advice and a holistic approach to help you conceive, including simple dietary and lifestyle changes and do it yourself complementary therapies.

In this accessible and informative guide, Sally Lewis explains how age, sexual infections, diet, excess weight, stress, and anxiety affect fertility.

Teaching how to discover the best time for conception; understand the link between body, mind, and fertility; and manage stress and relax to prevent anxiety, this is the ultimate guide to increasing the likelihood of conception at any age.

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March 25, 2012 - Actress Beth Littleford, 43, is a mom again after adopting a baby girl.

The Crazy, Stupid, Love star and her husband Rob Fox became proud parents to Halcyon Juna Fox in the early hours of Friday, her representative confirms to Us Weekly.

The little girl, known as Hallie, adopted from the U.S., was born on Friday, March 23rd at 1:05 a.m., weighing 6 lbs. 9 oz and measuring 18" long.

This is Littleford's second child and first adoption. The couple is already parents to biological son Jackson, six.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on cbs42.com
Read more: Actress Littleford Adopts Baby Daughter
Originally posted in March 25, 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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Image: I'm having a baby at 47
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At 47 years old, Luisa Dillner has four children she adores – the eldest is 21 years old.

And now she's pregnant with her fifth child, the last thing she expected at her time of life.

First of all, my belt becomes tight.

My low-carb diet has been working a treat, so I am surprised and disappointed.

I recap how much I've eaten over the past week.

Then I start going off alcohol.

In a big way, because alcohol now has an unpleasant, metallic taste.

My partner notices, as I can't help noticing, I haven't had a period for a while.

Sweetly he puts an arm around me.

Maybe you're having an early menopause, he muses.
Don't worry, you'll be all right.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Guardian.co.uk
Read more: I'm having a baby at 47
Originally posted on October 24th, 2009.


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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Image: Pregnant cover girl for second time ... Actress Monica Bellucci said she wanted to show being a middle-aged mum is not a problem
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March 26, 2010 - Actress Monica Bellucci - pregnant at 45 years old - has bared her bump a la Demi Moore for the second time on a magazine cover.

Monica told the Italian edition of Vanity Fair magazine that she decided to reveal all again to show that being a middle-aged mum is not a problem.

Monica said that she had not used medical treatment to fall pregnant.

Maybe it's because my paternal grandmother had a child at 47 years old, but I think I'm just lucky.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on News.com.au
Read more: Six months pregnant Monica Bellucci cover girl of Italy Vanity Fair
Originally posted on March 26, 2010.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Infertility and Adoption: A Husband and Father's Perspective, by Roy Sokol. Publisher: Rosedog Pr (January 3, 2012)Infertility and Adoption: A Husband and Father's Perspective
by Roy Sokol

-- Roy Sokol offers men a chance to be heard and women a rare opportunity to view the struggle with infertility from a male perspective.

Infertility and Adoption: A Husband and Father's Perspective brings to life the frustration, anger, humor, heartbreak, and sense of helplessness and a mental philosophy learned in Marine Corps training that helps in overcoming the psychological barriers.

While miracles in technology have brought joy to new families, those very advances have placed many couples into a spiraling cycle of hope and heartbreak.

One failed attempt may lead to another, but how do you give up when there is always another doctor, another procedure holding the possibility of your dream for a family?

Roy Sokol has captured the emotional turmoil he and his wife, Elizabeth, endured as they tried to conceive, the years their lives were put on hold, and the excruciating sense of loss and finally great happiness.

He writes too of the couple's journey through the bewildering world of adoption - a path to parenthood fraught with financial, legal, and emotional risks of its own.

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Image: Justice Minister Rachida Dati gives birth at 43
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January 13 2009 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy's unmarried Justice Minister Rachida Dati gives birth to a baby girl on Friday January 2, according to reports.

It was unknown who fathered Dati's child.

Smiling broadly, dressed to the nines and looking for all the world as if she had never been pregnant, 43-year-old French Justice Minister Rachida Dati returned to her high-profile job just five days after giving birth to baby Zohra.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Independent.ie
Read more: Has back-to-work Dati set a bad example for women?
Originally posted on January 13 2009.



TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Boost Your Fertility: New Solutions for Conceiving Quickly and Having a Healthy Pregnancy as Soon as Possible, by Marilyn Glenville Ph.D. Publisher: Fair Winds Press (March 1, 2009)Boost Your Fertility: New Solutions for Conceiving Quickly and Having a Healthy Pregnancy as Soon as Possible
by Marilyn Glenville Ph.D.

-- The definitive one-stop resource for couples who want to have a healthy pregnancy as soon as possible.

Based on leading women's health expert Dr. Marilyn Glenville's highly successful program, Boost Your Fertility presents an 8-step integrative approach including nutrition, lifestyle, removing environmental toxins, and medical screening for getting and staying pregnant.

Dr. Glenville outlines in detail what may be hindering pregnancy, what you and your partner should be tested for and when, and how to tailor the program to you based on particular factors such as age, medical history, and lifestyle.

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Image: Pregnant marathon athlete
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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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