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Image: More mature: Louise, aged 46, with daughter Isabel, aged three, in 2003

I was still in my 20s (29 years old), when I duly brought forth my son Charlie, now 23 years old.

Two years and three months after my first baby - and by now in my early 30s - I gave birth to Alice, who will be 21 years old this month.

Soon after this, my marriage broke down, and I settled into almost a decade of raising my small family as a single parent.

And then, shortly before my 44th birthday, my second husband and I celebrated the arrival of Isabel, who has just turned nine years old.

I am, in spite of my mother's misgivings, the proud mother of three children, each born in a different decade of my life.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on DailyMail.co.uk
Read more: So does age really make you a BETTER mum?
Originally posted on June 16, 2009
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Is Your Body Baby Friendly?: How 'Unexplained' Infertility, Miscarriage and IVF Failure Can Be Explained and Treated with Immunotherapy, Second edition | Paperback: 500 pages | by Alan E Beer (Author), Julia Kantecki (Editor), Jane Reed (Editor). Publisher: AJR Publishing; Second edition (March 4, 2019)
Is Your Body Baby-Friendly?
Is Your Body Baby-Friendly?
How Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriage and IVF Failure Can Be Explained and Treated with Immunotherapy
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 chromosomal-ly 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.

📚 Paperback: 500 pages
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Image: Rachel Dratch, 44 - Ben Hoffmann/CelebrityBabies.com

April 2, 2012 - You may know Rachel Dratch as Debbie Downer from her stint on Saturday Night Live or for her cameos on 30 Rock...

But the 46-year-old comedian has more stories to tell than the standard ex-SNL-er's behind-the-scenes yarns.

There was this crazy twist that happened in my life, and I thought maybe I should start writing about this, she says.

Dratch, at 43 years old, after having given up on the idea of being married with kids someday, unexpectedly got pregnant and decided to make that midlife miracle, as she calls it, the centerpiece of her book.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Metro.us
Read more: Rachel Dratch: To SNL and back
Originally posted in April 2, 2012.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle | Paperback: 256 pages | by Rachel Dratch. Publisher : Avery; Reprint edition (February 5, 2013)
Girl Walks into a Bar
Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
by Rachel Dratch

-- Her career at a low point, Rachel Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog-sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John.

Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child, and moved to New York to be a dad.

With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.

Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch's time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar is a refreshing version of the happily ever after story that proves female comics - like bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler - are truly having their moment.

📚 Paperback: 272 pages
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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.
Photo credit: Rory O'Driscoll/La Crosse Tribune - All rights reserved

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!
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.

📚 Paperback: 275 pages
Click to order/for more info: But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy!
Image: Surprise delivery: Debbie Hughes with her new son Kyle who came despite his mother taking the pill

At the age of 53, Debbie Hughes imagined the only babies she would be looking after would be her granddaughters.

Instead, despite taking the contraceptive Pill, she has become one of Britain's oldest ever naturally conceiving mothers – giving birth to a healthy baby boy named Kyle.

Miss Hughes took a pregnancy test after her family teased her about putting on weight, expecting the notion she was having another child to be swiftly ruled out.

But after putting on her reading glasses to decipher the result, the astonishing news began to sink in.

Now she is nursing the unexpected addition to her family, who is 26 years younger than his elder brother.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Dailymail.co.uk
Read more: The grandma who's a mum again at 53
Originally posted on January 25th, 2012.
Photo credit: Worldwide Features | Dailymail.co.uk - All rights reserved.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy | Paperback: 196 pages | by Ophelia Austin-Small (Author). Publisher: Lulu.com (May 8, 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 was 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 an 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.

📚 Paperback: 196 pages
Click to order/for more info: Surprise Motherhood
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.

📚 Paperback: 224 pages
Click to order/for more info: Acupuncture and IVF
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!

📚 Paperback: 320 pages
Click to order/for more info: Right Time Baby

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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.

📚 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.

📚 Paperback: 256 pages
Click to order/for more info: Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome In-fertility

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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.

📚 Paperback: 222 pages
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