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Image: Oops! babies pose challenge to parents and siblings
On Father's Day 2007, over pancakes at IHOP, Doris and Randy Worcester broke the news to their daughters, ages 15, 12 and 9 years old: their family was about to have a new addition.

No, it wasn't a new bathroom or bedroom or a new car, the girls discovered. Instead, in just about five months, they would have a new baby brother.

It was a stunning shock when we found out, Randy said. There was a nine-year gap there.

Randy and Doris had found themselves, at ages 45 and 44, the parents-to-be of an unplanned child, or what some refer to as an Accidental or Oops! baby.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Test Tubes and Testosterone (Male Infertility), by Michael Saunders. Publisher: Nell James Publishers (May 6, 2011)Test Tubes and Testosterone (Male Infertility)
by Michael Saunders

-- What do you need to make a baby? A willing partner? A good sense of timing? Some wine maybe? A nice meal and some amorous music? Not always.

There are times when all the romance (and luck) just simply will not do.

In those times, what you need is a specimen pot, a heap of drugs, so many ultra-sound scans that your wife or partner begins to glow in the dark and an unfeasibly large amount of tea.

Providing a rare yet enlightening male perspective on the world of IVF, Test tubes and testosterone is one man's experience of infertility and the IVF journey he embarked on with his wife in order to start a family.

Told with humour, wit and insight, this book sheds light on issues that can be hard to discuss even with the closest of friends or relatives, making it a valuable book for anyone contemplating or going through IVF.

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Fertility adviser Juliet Le Page, of Edinburgh, had her daughter Julia Kitty Rose by caesarean section last week, a sister to her son Rafe who was born in 2006.

Like most childless women approaching 50, Juliet Le Page thought she was too old to become a mother. She had always concentrated on her career and, as she entered her late forties, had almost given up hope.

But after having her second child last week, Mrs Le Page officially became the oldest woman in Scotland to give birth – aged 50 and one day.

I'm absolutely thrilled and tremendously happy, she said as she cradled tiny Julia Kitty Rose, who had been born following a Caesarean section.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Scotsman.com
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Originally posted on November 27, 2008.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Endometriosis: Everything You Need to Know to Stop the Pain and Heal Your Fertility, by Thomas L Lyons, Cheryl Kimball. Publisher: Fair Winds Press (November 1, 2003)What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Endometriosis: Everything You Need to Know to Stop the Pain and Heal Your Fertility
by Thomas L Lyons, Cheryl Kimball

-- Endometriosis can disrupt women's lives. It is responsible for chronic, sometimes crippling pain, hundreds of thousands of missed work hours, and in its most extreme cases, infertility.

There is hope! Thomas L. Lyons, M.D., whose philosophy is to "treat the patient, not the disease," has developed leading edge surgical techniques to address endometriosis.

Dr. Lyons demystifies this puzzling disease, covering issues from fertility to dietary concerns, alternative treatments to surgical options but the main focus is on the key issue of pain management for this potentially debilitating disease.

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Woman gives birth to triplet granddaughters
Jaci Dalenberg, 56 years old, became a surrogate for her daughter Kim and son-in-law Joe Coseno after the couple were unable to conceive on their own. The Coseno's were already parents to two teen children, but longed to add to their family.

They had begun the adoption process, but after several heartbreaking disappointments, Dalenberg offered them her womb. If that isn't love, I don't know what is.

The couple used in vitro fertilization and the embryos were implanted in Dalenberg's uterus. The babies were born at Cleveland Clinic's Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights two months premature, each weighing less than three pounds. According to hospital officials, babies Brittni, Gabriella, and Carmina and grandma are all doing well.

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Originally posted on October 26, 2008.


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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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Project Runway designer welcomes a son
NEW YORK -- Laura Bennett, a finalist on the third season of Bravo's "Project Runway," has welcomed her sixth child, a boy named Finn, a Bravo spokeswoman confirmed Monday.

The baby was born Friday in Manhattan to Bennett and her husband, Peter Shelton, who runs a design firm, Bravo's Bonita Lynch told The Associated Press. He weighed 8 pounds, Lynch said.

Bennett, 43, known for her glamorous evening wear, discovered she was pregnant while shooting the fashion reality show. She has four sons — Peik, 10; Truman, 7; Pierson, 4; and Larson, 3 with Shelton. She also has an 18-year-old daughter, Cleo, from a previous marriage.

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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: News Anchor Monica Malpass Announces Her Pregnancy
Television news anchor Monica Malpass is herself hitting headlines lately as the popular anchor announced on her show ‘Action News’ that is she pregnant and is expecting her second child.

The much acclaimed news anchor declared her pregnancy recently on her news program as it was about to conclude.

However, the 48 year old anchor did not divulge any details on air regarding who was the father of her yet to be born.

Sources have revealed that the news anchor is expecting twins and the baby is set to arrive in the month of June.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Enhancing Fertility Naturally: Holistic Therapies for a Successful Pregnancy, by Nicky Wesson. Publisher: Healing Arts Press (April 1, 1999)Enhancing Fertility Naturally: Holistic Therapies for a Successful Pregnancy
by Nicky Wesson

-- outlines ways in which you can improve your fertility through alternative therapies, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques and avoid some of the hazards associated with conventional treatments.

It discusses the most common causes of infertility and explains how to determine which therapy is most appropriate for you.

In vitro fertilization, conventional medicine's most prescribed remedy for infertility problems, is expensive, dangerous, and has a success rate of only 14 percent, yet few of the one in six couples that experience infertility are aware of the effectiveness and safety provided by the wide range of alternative treatments.

Thoroughly researched and packed full of invaluable advice and tips, the book explores such therapies as acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, and herbalism.

The author includes case histories for each of the therapies discussed, showing how the therapies helped couples overcome both primary and secondary infertility in order to have the baby they longed for.

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Image: Exceptional case: Giovanni Ciardi, with partner Bruno Paoli, is pregnant at 54A 54-year-old Italian woman has amazed doctors and herself by falling pregnant naturally.

Hospital worker Giovanni Ciardi is one of only a handful of women to have become pregnant without medical treatment in their 50s.

Doctors have described her as an 'exceptional case'.

Mrs Ciardi is 15 weeks pregnant. She is due to give birth to a girl in November - by which time she will be 55 years old.

She already has a 23-year-old daughter called Veronica through her first marriage.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on DailyMail.co.uk
Read more: I thought it was menopause: Italian woman shocks doctors by falling pregnant aged 54 - NATURALLY
Originally posted on May 15, 2010.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle, by Rachel Dratch. Publisher: Gotham; 1st ed., 1st Ptg edition (March 29, 2012)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.

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Image: Pregnant again ... at 48! Luisa Dillner
To ensure nothing takes me by surprise in this pregnancy, I've been searching Google for various combinations of older mother (eg mother over 40).

The other day I turned up two things. The first was a set of statistics for the number of babies born to women in their 40's from the Office of National Statistics.

Guess how many women of 48 (which is how old I am now) gave birth to a baby in England in 2006?

Just 77. What freakish thing have I done?

On a roll, I found an editorial in the journal Menopause International headlined "Pregnancy in women over 45: should this be encouraged?".

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Guardian.co.uk
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility, by Holly Finn. Publication Date: July 8, 2011The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility
by Holly Finn

-- I’m not over 40 and childless for no reason, writes Holly Finn. I smoked in my twenties. I preferred red wine to sparkling water. I ate too much milk chocolate. I liked limericks. I know all the wrong I’ve done. But also, more than any of that, I’ve always longed for children.

Yet there she was: successful, social, mostly happy, and not a mother. Knowing that her chances of becoming pregnant naturally were quickly fading, Finn decided to gamble: she—like some 85,000 other women in the U.S. each year—would attempt in vitro fertilization.

Almost three years later, she’s still trying, and in the process has become an accidental pioneer (and, at times, a guinea pig) in the ever-evolving science of IVF.

Length: 50 pages

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Image: The Emerging Voices of Midlife MotherhoodFor mom-blogger Maureen Daniels from New Jersey, having her triplets at nearly 43 certainly gave her a ‘unique spin on life.’

(In fact, I’m sure her head is still spinning.)

Although Daniels (now 46 years old), started her blog, The Online Shopping Boutique, driven by a business work ethic...

to share the wonderful stories of SAHMs like myself who want to stay home for their young children and earn a substantial living working from home as well.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on AChildAfter40.com
Read more: The Emerging Voices of Midlife Motherhood
Originally posted on December 20, 2009.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Ordinary Miracles: A Journey through Primary and Secondary Infertility, by Krissi Marie McVicker. Publisher: iUniverse.com (March 27, 2012)Ordinary Miracles: A Journey through Primary and Secondary Infertility
by Krissi Marie McVicker

-- We had trouble conceiving and it was shocking news. When we found out that in-vitro fertilization would most likely be our only chance for success, our anxiety grew. But, with the help of my husband's amazing insurance, after three cycles, we were able to have our daughter, Ella.

And after three more cycles, our twins Logan and Mia graced us with their presence and we were truly blessed. I know that we were one of the lucky couples. Many people can't afford one IVF cycle, let alone six. And, I've never taken that for granted.

After my daughter was born, I started writing Ordinary Miracles. I wanted to share my story with others because I remember hearing success stories when I was in the midst of my struggle and it inspired me to believe that if it could happen to them, maybe, it would happen for me too.

After my twins were born, I started my blog: Stress Free Infertility. I wanted a place on the Internet where couples could go to and read about others, get solicited advice, and be inspired by other success stories; a place to ease the stress of infertility, at least a little bit.

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Image: Paternity beyond the grave: a grandma's questA Moscow woman is attempting to continue the legacy of her dead son by producing grandchildren he will never see. But Russia’s surrogacy law, known as most liberal in Europe, is placing obstacles in the way.

Artyom was 19 when he died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an aggressive type of cancer.

Before chemotherapy, doctors suggested he freeze some of his sperm, in case the treatment led to infertility.

After he died, his mother Natalya knew there was still a chance to continue his genetic legacy. She decided to hire a surrogate mother to bear the embryo made from her son’s sperm and a donor’s egg. That was when she entered the murky waters of Russia’s surrogacy laws.

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Originally posted on February 13, 2010.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: A Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational SurrogacyA Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy
by Gail Dutton

-- Published in 1997, this book is a step-by-step guide to surrogate parenting.

It discusses finding and working with a surrogate, what a surrogate program provides, what to include in the contracts, recommended testing for potential surrogates, detailed costs for each item related to surrogacy, the medical procedure, medications and their side effects, embryo cryo-preservation, demographics of surrogates and surrogate couples and the effects of surrogacy upon children.

One chapter outlines the laws in U.S. states and in Israel, South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia. Jewish law also is discussed, along with the views of several Christian denominations and other religions regarding surrogacy.

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