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Image: Monaco's Princess Caroline pregnant at 49
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

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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 does 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: Baby smiling, bebe riendo. Photo credit: Juan Pablo Oitana (pepoitana), on FreeImagesPersonally I find the statistics we get about Down's Syndrome somewhat confusing. So I translated them into percentages. I think it is all too easy to think of 1-80 as one in 80%, but it is not. 1-80 translates to 1.25 % for DS, or 98.75% chance of NOT having Down Syndrome....

Maternal age as a risk factor for occurrence of Down Syndrome

Age...Stats...Percentage DS...Percentage not having Down Syndrome
36....... 1/200.......0.5% DS.............or 99.5% NOT!
37........1/150.......0.666667%DS.....or 99.333333% NOT!
38........1/120.......0.833333% DS....or 99.166667% NOT!
39........1/100.......1%DS...................or 99% NOT!
40........1/75 ........1.33333%DS........or 98.66667% NOT!
41........1/60........1.66667%DS........or 98.33333% NOT!
42........1/45........2.22222%DS.......or 97.77778% NOT!
43.........1/35 .......2.85714% DS......or 97.14286% NOT!
44.........1/30........3.33333% DS.....or 96.66667% NOT!
45+.......1/20........5% DS ...............or 95% NOT!

Source: GENETICS OF DOWN SYNDROME

What I get from this, is that the chances of having a baby with Down's Syndrome does not go up as drastically as I had originally thought. The one in whatever numbers makes things look very bad for us. When I translated them however to percentages, they look a lot better. We have a better chance of having a baby without Down's Syndrome. If I had an illness and was told I had a 95% chance of getting better, I would not plan my funeral. Would you?

I think all too many doctors are giving misleading statistics for a couple of reasons. The first being that OB/GYN’s are the highest sued doctors in the US. So they pay the highest premiums. They do not want to take any chances of anyone saying they were not warned about DS so they push for Amnio’s. Second they get paid a lot to do Amnio’s. Unlike NT’s and Level Two sonograms, the OB/GYN that recommends them usually does them as well.

I got a bill for my amnio because the hospital miss filed it as elective surgery. I cleared it up and did not have to pay. The total was about 10,000 US dollars. Six thousand of which was going to my OB/GYN alone. So money is a factor as well. Who do you think ends up paying that high insurance rate?

NOTE: This article was written by my good friend Jillian from FertilityFriend.com

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Image: Watch out Duggars! Giant clan's equally-large family friends launch their OWN reality show
July 20, 2012 -- It was only a matter of time before a family as big as the Bates was given their own reality series.

Bearing 19 children, making them one of the largest families in the U.S., the Bates, from Lake City, Tennessee, are the stars of a new TLC series titled United Bates Of America.

The giant clan are the best friends of the famous Duggar family who boast 19 children of their own.

The eight-part series began filming right after Kelly Bates, the family's 45-year-old mother, gave birth to baby number 19, Jeb Colton.

The Bates' children range in age from six months to 23, 18 of whom were seen in the TLC special Baby Makes 19 when it screened in March.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception: Essential Advice on Preparing Your Body for IVF and Other Fertility Treatments, by Zita West. Publisher: Random House UK (April 12, 2010)Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception: Essential Advice on Preparing Your Body for IVF and Other Fertility Treatments
by Zita West

-- Embarking on IVF—or any assisted fertility treatment—can be a very demanding and stressful experience, but the right physical, nutritional, and emotional support can lessen these stresses and strains and increase the chances of success.

Here a leading fertility and pregnancy expert offers an in-depth explanation of all aspects of fertility and, uniquely, addresses the issues involved in using assisted conception.

She explains fertility from preconception and trying naturally to assisted conception, what is involved in the IVF process, how to prepare your body to increase the chances of conceiving successfully, the importance of a proactive approach to diet and nutrition, and how complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, can increase the chances of success.

Including interviews with leading experts in the field, case histories from patients, and the author's own holistic principles, this is an invaluable guide for the growing number of people who are considering, or have already embarked on, medical intervention to enable them to conceive.

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Image: The Benefits of Being an Older MomI had my first child last year, a few months after I’d turned 45.

My husband and I (though he is six years younger than me) are taking on new parenthood at a time when most parents our age are looking ahead to diapering their first grandchild, not their own newborn.

I’m sure that when I was 25, if someone had told me that a 45-year-old woman maybe, just maybe, was wiser than me as a result of age and experience, I would have told that person to stuff it—except I would have used a less-polite term.

But now, through benefit of that same age and experience that I didn’t used to think mattered, I now see that we older moms do offer certain advantages to our kids.

Find out the reasons why being an older mom is better at Mamiverse.com.

~ Credit for this story - Elizabeth Heath on Mamiverse.com ~

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Green Fertility: Nature's Secrets For Making Babies: A Powerful Proven Plan To Help You Get Pregnant Fast and Have a Healthy Baby, by Niels H. Lauersen and Colette Bouchez. Publisher: Ivy League Press (October 6, 2010)Green Fertility: Nature's Secrets For Making Babies:
A Powerful Proven Plan To Help You Get Pregnant Fast and Have a Healthy Baby
by Niels H. Lauersen and Colette Bouchez

-- Renowned fertility expert Dr. Niels Lauersen and women's natural wellness expert Colette Bouchez combine the best of nature's secrets with all that Eastern and Western medicine have to offer, in an easy, inexpensive plan to help you get pregnant fast and have super healthy babies!

Based on scientific research and tested on thousands of couples, this unique natural approach to conception is designed to uncover what's keeping you from getting pregnant and help you maximize your fertility and have healthier babies - even if you have PCOS, Endometriosis or you are diagnosed with unexplained infertility!

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Image: Twins at 54 for the mother who did not think eight was enoughAt the age of 54, Karen Johnston could be counting down the days until her eight children have all flown the nest.

Instead, she's having two more of them.

A self-confessed baby addict, she was devastated when she went through the menopause six years ago and was told that she was too old to have IVF in Britain.

Thanks to IVF treatment in a foreign clinic, Mrs Johnston is now six months pregnant with twins - 33 years after she had her first child.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Dailymail.co.uk
Read more: Twins at 54 for the mother who didn't think eight was enough
Originally posted on March 11, 2010.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility, by Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque. Publisher: 3L Publishing (November 20, 2009)The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility
by Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque

-- Are you one of the millions of couples desperately trying to conceive a baby? Are you aware that diet plays a critical role in fertility? Would you like to unlock the secrets to changing your diet and potentially increasing your chances of success?

Co-authors Cindy Bailey and Pierre Giauque -- when confronted with Cindy's medical prognosis of a two percent chance of conceiving a baby on her own -- unlocked those secrets to develop a fertility diet that four months later produced a viable pregnancy, and soon after a healthy baby.

The Fertile KitchenCookbook includes a variety of simple-to-make tasty dishes that make the diet easy to follow. In this cookbook, the authors share these flavorful recipes, along with the dietary guidelines that helped them succeed. Additional tips and even a section on cooking basics, are included.

You will learn: The importance of diet in conception and pregnancy, what foods you can and cannot eat to enhance fertility, how to identify and shop for healthy ingredients and food items, how to prepare the nutritious and fertility-enhancing recipes included.

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Image: The Dancing Egg — An IVF Story for the Over 40 Crowd
We had Eddie late in life. Bruce is 52 and I’m 48.

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.

For 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, 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, 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 Infertility, 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 Infertility
by Angela C. Wu, Katherine Anttila, Betsy Brown

-- 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: Sam Taylor-Wood and toyboy fiancé Aaron Johnson welcome their second child
January 25, 2012 - Artist/director Sam Taylor-Wood and fiancé Aaron Johnson have become parents again to a baby girl.

The new arrival - whose name has not been revealed - was born this month, joining big sister Wylda Rae, 18 months.

The birth means Nowhere Boy star Johnson is now outnumbered in a house full of females, along with Taylor-Wood's two older daughters Anjelica, 14, and Jessie, five, from her previous marriage to art dealer Jay Jopling.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on DailyMail.co.uk
Read more: Sam Taylor-Wood and toyboy fiancé Aaron Johnson welcome their second child
Originally posted in January 25, 2012.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Stay Fertile Longer: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant Now--Or Whenever You're Ready, by Mary Kittel  and Deborah Metzger. Publisher: Rodale Books (August 26, 2004)Stay Fertile Longer: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant Now--Or Whenever You're Ready
by Mary Kittel and Deborah Metzger

-- Many women today dream of having it all -- a challenging career, a satisfying personal life, a loving mate, and a baby whenever they're ready.

But there's no denying the fact that their biological clocks are ticking away.
The odds of conceiving drop by 15 to 20 percent for a woman in her early 30's and plummet to less than 50 percent when she's in her 40's.

The good news is that there are a host of natural strategies every would-be mom can use today to preserve and optimize her fertility, so that she can conceive quickly and easily when she's ready.

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Image: Never too late: life begins at 50. Photo Credit: © Chloe Dewe MathewsSarah Briggs, 50 is the mother of three children, Alexander, eight, Isabella, six, and Edward, one.

She is married to David, 37, an accountant, and lives just outside Carlisle.

In the past 10 years, Sarah Briggs, a chartered surveyor, has fallen in love, got married and become a mother of three.

What is surprising is that it has all happened in her forties.

Edward, her youngest, was born when she was 49.


This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Telegraph.co.uk
Read more: Never too late: life begins at 50
Originally posted in April 14, 2012.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: How to Get Pregnant Fast: Crucial Knowledge for Getting Pregnant, by Hillary J Lowndes. Publisher: CreateSpace (January 13, 2012)How to Get Pregnant Fast: Crucial Knowledge for Getting Pregnant
by Hillary J Lowndes

-- Discover the keys to getting giving yourself the best chances of getting pregnant. Don’t surround yourself with information about what not to do.

Instead you can take proactive steps to make sure that everything is just right. If you feel you can’t get pregnant it may be because you’re not taking the right approach.

The best way to get pregnant doesn’t have to be stressful.

You can take control once you learn some of the science and some of the secrets that have been passed down through time.

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Image: Generation Gap, by girinath gopinath on FreeImages.comJune 16, 2010 -- A 55-year-old woman from Dhule gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday morning at the Origin Fertility Centre in Thane through in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

Shobha Joshi and her husband Vidyadhar (54) had the baby after nearly 35 years of married life.

The couple from Dhule had come to Thane after seeing a newspaper article on Thane's first surrogate child.

The Joshi's made an arduous yet hopeful journey from Dhule to the fertility clinic at Hiranandani Meadows in August last year.

When the couple approached us, we were in a dilemma because of the age factor. But at the same time, we saw their hope and determination. We conducted all the necessary tests, said Dr Sandeep Mane.

Barring blood pressure, there was no other problem. We had to operate on her the very next day, because there was some abnormality in the cavity of her womb. We cleaned up the cavity through surgery and prepared it for in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

The next part of the treatment took place in September 2009.

Since the Joshi's were not financially well-off, Dr Mane made arrangements for Shobha's stay at his parent's house in Dombivli.

The embryos were transferred into Shobha's womb in October. After two weeks, the pregnancy test showed positive results.

In November, an ultrasound scan was performed, which revealed a twin pregnancy.

We were contemplating on whether to have twin pregnancies due to her age. But after a sonography was done in the later stage, it was found that only one baby showed growth. The next dilemma was whether to have a normal delivery or a caesarean, said Mane.

We decided to have a caesarean keeping the health of the baby and mother in mind. It was only due to the couple's belief that the baby was born without any problems.

The Joshi's said that they are now truly satisfied and therefore have decided to name the baby Saarthak.

We are fortunate to finally be called as a mother and a father. We always knew that we will have a baby after we came here, said Shobha.

Vidyadhar, a priest, said: When my nephews and nieces were born, I was equally happy. But today even I am a father. I'll do everything to give my son a good upbringing.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Dur.ac.uk
Read more: IVF helps 55-year-old give birth to a son - Hindustan Times
Originally posted on June 16, 2010

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy MiraclePregnancy 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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