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Sasha Mears Age: 50. Mother to Sadie, aged six. She is married to Michael, 47, a cab driver and landscape gardener

I didn't have any difficulty getting pregnant. It was getting to the next stage that proved to be the problem. They reckoned I lost the first one because of flu. I was grief stricken. In all, I had two definite miscarriages and two probable ones before Sadie came along. Every time you have a miscarriage it takes up to six months for your hormonal levels to re-establish themselves to a normal pitch ready to accept another pregnancy. So effectively every time a pregnancy fails you've lost another year.

I didn't have those years to lose so I went to the assisted conception unit at King's College Hospital in London on the NHS. They gave me drugs that boosted my ovulation rate. You produce six or seven eggs and they fertilize you synthetically. We did three cycles. On the third one I conceived, which was pregnancy number four, but it faltered again at around seven or eight weeks. As I was waiting to start the next cycle I conceived all by myself. I was thrilled. I was nearly 44 when I had Sadie.

I think there are a lot of advantages to being an older mother. For somebody like me who has always been a workaholic you make time because you know you haven't got time to waste. Sadie has never been to a childminder. We juggle work like mad so one or other is always there for her. I'm a theatrical costumier and make sure I get up at 5am three or four times a week to get enough hours of work done to keep my business afloat. But fortunately it's very well established, which it wouldn't be if I was younger. I don't have money worries at all.

I don't really worry about her being on her own in the future because I come from a very long-lived family. There is no cancer or heart disease. We die of boredom aged 93 having caught a cold cross-country running. My husband's family are also healthy and long-lived. You could go under a bus tomorrow. I have a will and there's a trust fund set up.

The only disadvantage of being an older mother is that we would have liked another child and it isn't going to happen. I don't think being an older mother is something that people should risk planning for because of the fertility issue. But if it happens to you, be pleased because it carries huge advantages.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Independent.co.uk
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank, by Evelina W Sterling, Angie Best-Boss. Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (March 17, 2009)pixelBudgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby Without Breaking the Bank
by Evelina W Sterling, Angie Best-Boss

-- Having a baby can be one of the most wonderful times of your life -- but if you need help to conceive, it can swiftly become a staggeringly expensive undertaking.

With the average cost of infertility treatments ranging from $35,000 to $85,000 in the United States (most of which is not covered by insurance companies), many women and couples find themselves having to make difficult choices about building their families.

Getting a grip on your finances is one of the few things you can do to regain control of this process. Infertility experts Evelina Weidman Sterling and Angie Best-Boss have created the ultimate guide to ensuring the most cost-effective care with the highest chances for success.

With anecdotes, interviews, and advice from both doctors and patients, you can easily apply these specific money-saving strategies to your own unique situation.

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Image: a hospital nursery in CalcuttaNEW DELHI (AFP) — An Indian woman has given birth to her first child at the age of 70 after receiving IVF treatment, newspapers reported her doctor as saying Monday.

Rajo Devi, who married 50 years ago, gave birth to a baby girl on November 28 (2008) after in vitro fertilization, said Anurag Bishnoi, a doctor at the Hisar fertility centre in Haryana state.

Rajo Devi and (her husband) Bala Ram approached the centre for treatment and the embryo transfer was done on April 19, he told the Hindustan Times. Both the mother and child are in good health.

Bishnoi claimed Devi was the world's oldest mother.

Another 70-year-old Indian was reported to have given birth to twins via IVF in July this year, while a 66-year-old Spanish woman had twins in 2006.

Devi's husband, aged 72, had also wed his wife's sister after 10 years of his first marriage did not result in children. His second wife also failed to become pregnant.

It was not clear whose egg and sperm were used in the successful treatment.

IVF has revolutionized the way we look at infertility, said Bishnoi. Infertility is no longer a social taboo or a divine curse. It can be treated scientifically.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on ABC.net
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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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Image: Woman gives birth at 54 years-oldA Ugandan woman has given birth at the age of 54, ten years after reaching menopause.

The woman, a university lecturer, delivered a baby boy at the Women's Hospital International and Fertility Centre in Kampala on Thursday last week.

The baby boy is fondly known as Baby Precious. He weighed 3.1 kg at birth which doctors said was a normal weight. He has been breastfeeding.

I am ecstatic. I feel excited. I turned 54 the day I had him. We will have two birthdays to celebrate on the same day, said the mother, who protected her identity to safeguard her child from unnecessary stigmatization when he grows up.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Inconceivable: Winning the Fertility Game, by Julia Indichova. Publisher: Adell Press; First Edition edition (1998)pixelInconceivable: Winning the Fertility Game
by Julia Indichova

-- One in six couples in America will experience reproductive problems. Julia Indichova and her husband were part of that statistic.

According to several fertility specialists Julia's high FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) level was an indication that her body was no longer producing fertilizable eggs.

Her only chance of conceiving, they said, was in-vitro-fertilization with a donor egg.

After a futile quest for a more hopeful prognosis, Julia searched through a variety of holistic alternatives and finally decided upon a personal healing regimen.

She followed it as single-mindedly , as one would follow a doctor's prescription of antibiotics. Her daughter Adira was conceived naturally, eight months later, and was born on April 29, 1994.

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Image: Lynne Adams reads a story to her little boy, Anderson Adams, before bedtime. Lynne is now pregnant with her second child.When Lynne Adams recently went in for an ultrasound, she casually asked about her baby's gender.

I was told by both (ultrasound sonographers) that they weren't allowed to tell parents the gender of the baby anymore,
said Adams, a 45-year-old who lives in Newmarket.

I said, 'Since when?'

Adams had her first child just 13 months ago at Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville.

Back then, ultrasound staff at the same hospital gave her the option of learning her baby's gender.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on TheStar.com
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: IVF: A Patient's Guide, by Rebecca Matthews. Publisher: lulu.com (February 7, 2011)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 that aren't 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.

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Image: Oldest new mother gives birth at 63March 22, 2011 - A 63-year-old Dutch woman has given birth, becoming the oldest new mother in the Netherlands, the hospital and news reports say.

Baby Meagan was born at the Medical Centre Leeuwarden at 9.48am [7.48pm AEDT] on March 21, a statement on the website of the hospital in the northern Dutch province of Friesland said on Monday.

Meagan is the daughter of Tineke Geessink, a 63-year-old woman from Harlingen.

The girl was born with the aid of caesarean section, the statement said. Both mother and daughter are fine.

Dutch media reports said Ms Geessink was the oldest Dutch woman to become a mother.

It is a feeling that I have had for so long [to have a child], the woman told Dutch public radio NOS.

At some point there was something inside me saying: 'It's now or never', and I decided to try everything possible to see if it is still possible.

NOS said the woman fell pregnant through a foreign sperm donor as Dutch fertility doctors would not help her due to her age.

There is no guarantee that if you have a child at a young age you will see your child grow up, Ms Geessink, a single mother, told the radio.

Of course, the risk with me is bigger. And whether the child will find it nice to have such an old mother ... I hope that she loves me so much that she will just be glad to have me.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Sydney Morning Herald
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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)pixelBut 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 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.

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Image: John Travolta and Kelly Preston, 47, Are ExpectingMay 18, 2009 - Great news for the Travolta family!

John Travolta's wife Kelly Preston, 47 years old, is expecting.

The Hollywood couple made their announcement on both of their websites Tuesday:

It's impossible to keep a secret...especially one as wonderful as this, the message reads.

We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to the our family.

The message is signed John, Kelly and Ella.

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Image: Murphy Lives Here, by Dr. Merryl J. Polak. Publisher: Merryl Polak (July 23, 2012)pixelMurphy Lives Here
by Dr. Merryl J. Polak

-- Initially apprehensive about becoming a mother, Emma mapped out her life plans steered by fulfillment of a happy marriage and career.

She thought she might one day feel ready and willing to add the role of mother to her life's responsibilities, but she had not quite figured out when that would occur.

When Emma's biological clock smacked her upside the head and she suddenly craved motherhood over every other aspect of life, she was stunned to discover that she could not get pregnant.

After a year of ovulation test kits and timed baby making under her belt, it was inevitable that other avenues needed exploration.

After pursuing every option, including adoption, Emma learned that becoming a parent was not as simple a process as she had always envisioned.

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Image: Marion thought her childbearing years were over
Three years ago, the 47-year old rural Minnesota woman went to an herbalist to treat the first symptoms of menopause.

Instead, she got pregnant with Jack, now 2.

It was a wonderful surprise for Marion Dressen and her husband, who were about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

The couple had given up trying to have a baby long ago. “After all those years, it was a bit of a shock,” Dressen said.

But we were excited at the same time.

On June 28 of 2006, Dressen gave birth to Megan, selecting the name for her daughter they picked out when trying to conceive 20 years earlier.

She said she sees many advantages of being a mom in her 40s.

Being older, I've learned what's really important in life, Dressen says. I'm more patient and I don't sweat the small stuff.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, older moms like Dressen are becoming more common.

With a toddler and a newborn, Dressen said she is glad that she’s fit enough to have the energy she needs.

She jokes that while she can keep up with the kids, she makes some different choices than younger moms who put the kids to bed and then go out on the town.

When the kids go to bed, we go to bed, Dressen said. Dressen said she stays active, so she can maintain the physical health she'll need to be the mother of teens in her 60s

This will help us to keep young, she laughs.

Life has changed for Dressen. She used to go on mission trips to Africa, spend time gardening and take plenty of time for herself. 

I used to get up in the morning, and do my hair and makeup right away, she said. Now it's good if I get a shower some days.

Still, she says she'll trade the weeds in her garden any day for her two children.

No flower that blooms gives me the feeling of seeing these two little faces, Dressen said. It’s a change for the better.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success, by Liza Charlesworth. Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2004)pixel
The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success
by Liza Charlesworth

-- Despite the fact that it is an expensive, complex, emotionally draining, and often last-ditch fertility treatment, there are now over 250,000 couples who consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) every year; more than 125,000 couples decide to undergo it.

While dry, clinical information is available, there is a gaping need for sisterly advice from someone who's been through the process herself.

From evaluating care and preparing for the complicated process to understanding egg retrieval and embryo transfer; from tips on taking medications and coping with hormonal surges to dealing with the emotional aspects of the grueling IVF process, Liza Charlesworth's The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization offers knowing, sensitive counsel.

Full of hard-won personal wisdom and the most up-to-date medical information explained in layman's terms, this invaluable guide is sure to become recommended reading for couples trying to conceive and their families alike.

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Image: 43y mom thought she had started menopauseA 43 year old Madrid woman has given birth to her fourth child while in the toilets of the Law Faculty of the UNED University in Madrid, where she works.

She said she did not even know she was pregnant.

She had thought that she had started the menopause.

Two of her work colleagues helped her, and called SAMUR health professionals to the scene on Monday at 11am.

The baby girl weighed 1.96 kilos, and mother and baby are now both doing well in the Gregario Marañón Hospital.

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Originally posted on December 14th, 2010.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction, by Susan Markens. Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2007)pixelSurrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction
by Susan Markens

-- Susan Markens takes on one of the hottest issues on the fertility front--surrogate motherhood--in a book that illuminates the culture wars that have erupted over new reproductive technologies in the United States.

In an innovative analysis of legislative responses to surrogacy in the bellwether states of New York and California, Markens explores how discourses about gender, family, race, genetics, rights, and choice have shaped policies aimed at this issue.

She examines the views of key players, including legislators, women's organizations, religious groups, the media, and others.

In a study that finds surprising ideological agreement among those with opposing views of surrogate motherhood, Markens challenges common assumptions about our responses to reproductive technologies and at the same time offers a fascinating picture of how reproductive politics shape social policy.

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Image: Marcia Proffelt, a 57 year old pregnant American woman
Check out this YouTube video of Marcia Proffelt, a 57 year old pregnant American woman.

She is playing tennis with her husband, in Acapulco, Mexico.

While she is 9 months pregnant.

She says, "Never give up!"




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Originally posted on July 10, 2009.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Motherhood After 35: Choices, Decisions, Options, by Maggie Jones. Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (March 22, 1998)Motherhood After 35: Choices, Decisions, Options
by Maggie Jones

-- How is having a baby different for women in their late thirties and early forties?

If you're between 35 and 45 and trying to have a baby, or have already conceived, here's the reassurance you need ... and the facts you've been waiting for.

Maggie Jones evaluates the advantages as well as the risks of later motherhood.

Whether you are considering your first pregnancy after 35 or are starting a second family later in life, Motherhood After 35 is written with you in mind.

The author describes simply and clearly how to have the healthiest pregnancy possible and the options available.

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