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Image: Never in a Million Years | Adoption Success StoryI never ever in a million years though that I would say that I am the VERY PROUD mother of a 11 month old little boy.

I was married for 23 years and during that time we had tried several avenues to adopt.

Unfortunately, I was the breadwinner and unable to be a stay at home mom which ruled out several agencies.

Adopting an older child was an option but again we ran into road blocks.

By my late 30′s I had accepted the fact that I would never be blessed with Motherhood.

In May 2011, my husband of 23 years announced that he was leaving the marriage to pursue a young woman he met on the internet. My world was shattered.

In August 2011 the phone rang. It was a call that changed my whole life. My brother was on the line. He said I have a friend who is having a baby boy and placing it for adoption. Are you still interested?

I had a hard time breathing when I spoke to the birth mother on the phone. Was she serious? Was this all real? Would she like me? Would she care that I was a 44 yr old single Mom?

Once a 44 year old divorce' who had given up hope of becoming a mother, I am now a 45 yr old Mother of a bouncing baby boy!

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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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Holly Martin, 45, gave birth to a healthy babyAnother patient of Dr. Winslow’s, Holly Martin*, age 45, conceived after treatment and gave birth to a healthy baby. Holly says, We went through a lot to have this baby.

Holly and her husband began trying to conceive when Holly was 38. When the couple first went to see Dr. Winslow, he tested both of them, standard procedure to determine the cause of infertility.

As the cause was not absolutely determined at this point, Dr. Winslow put Holly on the maximum dosage of follicle stimulating hormone, the strongest drug given for stimulation of ovulation.

Dr. Winslow explained the egg donor program to Holly and her husband, who decided to try that method. Cindy Brubaker, then head of the egg donor program at FIRM, helped Holly throughout the very emotional process.

I had decided that if I couldn’t use my own eggs, I would stop. When I found out my eggs were not an option, I quickly decided to use the donor egg program and have never regretted it. I was surprised at what a wonderful experience it turned out being for me. I felt very close to my donor, even though she was anonymous, knowing that we were going through a process together.

A person who donates their eggs so a couple she does not even know can become a family is a truly loving and generous soul. It was an amazing experience receiving this gift from a stranger. I have never experienced that kind of generosity before and it affected me at a very deep level.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on WomensDigest.net
Unfortunately the original article is no longer available.
Originally posted on May 18, 2010.


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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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April 11, 2012 - When their their 27-year-old son died in a road accident in 2010, Sulochana and Mani were shattered.

They then made up their minds not to live the rest of their lives childless, but the odds were against them. At the age of 53, Sulochana was well past menopause and had also had a tubectomy.

However, they were keen on having another child and a month after their son's death, they approached a city hospital for help.

A year-and-a-half, and two IVF programmes later, Sulochana gave birth to a healthy boy at Lifeline Multispeciality Hospitals here, on Monday.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on AsianAge.com
Read more: Chennai woman, 53, blessed with baby boy
Originally posted in April 11, 2012.

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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: Old Photo - Photo Credit: ontanu mihai on FreeImagesJuly 4, 1932 - Having given birth to her first child at 55 years and 69 days, Mrs. Mary Higgins of Cord, Ireland bids fair to win the prize offered by a London newspaper for information as to the oldest mother in the last 20 years.

Thus far, the runner-up is Mrs. Elizabeth Pierce of Biterne, Southampton, whose youngest child was born when she was 54 years and 40 days.

The paper calls attention to an old announcement in the Royal Cornwall Gazette of January 2, 1819, reporting the birth of twins on Christmas Eve, to Mrs. George Saunders, wife of a London shoemaker in her 59th year.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on The Toledo News-Bee
Read more: Mary Higgins has baby at 55
Originally posted in July 4, 1932.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock, by Cara Birrittieri. Publisher: Career Press (May 26, 2009)-
What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock
by Cara Birrittieri

-- Until now, there has been little practical advice on what women can do about ticking biological clocks.

What Every Woman Should Know About Her Biological Clock is the first book to explore a woman's reproductive life span completely, from beginning to end.

Based on Cara Birrittieri's own experience of running up against a slowing biological clock, she shows women for the first time how to "tell what time it is" with a simple blood test that gives them a peek at the state of their ovaries.

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Image: Zut alors! Former French First Lady Carla Bruni is pregnant with her third child at the age of 44
June 29, 2012 - Former French First Lady Carla Bruni is pregnant with her third child, it was claimed yesterday.

The baby will be the 44-year-old's second with husband Nicolas Sarkozy, 56.

Carla Bruni gave birth to a baby girl on October 19, 2011 (when she was 43 years old), the first baby born to a French presidential couple in office.

Doctors were urging the former supermodel to have total rest because she is an older mother giving birth in her 40s, Closer said.

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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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Image: the mother of Pop-singer Sarah Connor brought twins to the world

Dorsi wrote on the Pregnancy after 50 site:
the story attached was in German -
the twins are their child nr5+nr6 - and it is nothing more said than that the mother was very happy about the healthy babes and her strong wish was fulfilled. I read it in YAHOO Germany, Soraya Lewe-Tacke the woman's name.

München (AFP) - Die Mutter von Popsängerin Sarah Connor hat Zwillinge zur Welt gebracht. Wie die Bild-Zeitung berichtet, bekam die 50-jährige Soraya Lewe-Tacke im Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf in Hamburg zwei gesunde Jungen. Soraya und ich sind überglücklich, sagte ihr Ehemann Jürgen Tacke dem Blatt. Die Kinder seien zwei Wunschbabys, die Krönung unseres gemeinsamen Glücks. Dem Bericht zufolge war auch der Pop-Star bei der Geburt im Kreißsaal dabei.

(Poor English translation - thanks to Babel Fish)
Munich (AFP) - the mother of Pop-singer Sarah Connor brought twins to the world. As Bild - Newspaper reported, got the 50-year old Soraya Lewe Tacke in the university clinic Eppendorf in Hamburg two healthy boys. Soraya and I are overjoyed, her husband Jürgen Tacke said to the sheet. The children are two desired babies, the coronation/culmination of our common Glücks. According to the report also the Pop star participated in the birth in the Kreißsaal.

I also found this:

March 2008 - Sarah Connor's mother Soraya, 50, has confirmed to Bild newspaper that she's expecting twins! She's five months pregnant for her second husband, plastic surgeon Jürgen Tacke, 47. Soraya already has six children, aged 11 to 27 and Jürgen has an 11 year old daughter. Soraya also told Bild that Sarah was surprised to hear the news and she's already shopping baby stuff.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood, by Elizabeth Gregory. Publisher: Basic Books (December 25, 2007)-
Ready:Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood
by Elizabeth Gregory

-- Over the past three decades, skyrocketing numbers of women have chosen to start their families in their late thirties and early forties.

In 2005, ten times as many women had their first child between the ages of 35 and 39 as in 1975, and thirteen times as many had their first between 40 and 44.

Women now have the option to define for themselves when they're ready for family, rather than sticking to a schedule set by social convention.

As a society, however, we have yet to come to terms with the phenomenon of later motherhood, and women who decide it makes sense for them to delay pregnancy often find themselves confronted with alarmist warnings about the dangers of waiting too long.

In Ready, Elizabeth Gregory tracks the burgeoning trend of new later motherhood and demonstrates that for many women today, waiting for family works best.

She provides compelling evidence of the benefits of having children later -- by birth or by adoption.

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Image: Boogie and Diddle's World, by Anissa Thompson on FreeImages
My sister in law just told me that a woman who goes to her church got pregnant at 46 -- completely unplanned -- and delivered her beautiful and healthy baby a week ago!

No one even knew she was pregnant for the longest time.

I guess she and her husband were kind of embarrassed (they already have two children, the youngest who is 20!) and didn't really mention it until the last couple months when she got really big.

I, of course, asked my sister in law the same question I always ask about women that age -- did this woman do in vitro or anything?

My sister-in-law laughed, and said, Are you kidding? They thought she was going through menopause, and she didn't realize she was pregnant till she started feeling the signs -- again, which she attributed to menopause -- and her doctor confirmed it.

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This is for every woman who wants a baby, and isn't sure if it's even possible, every woman who might be pregnant now and not sure if she wants a baby and every woman who just isn't sure that she will have the energy and strength to raise a baby after 40.

My grandmother had 12 children between 1932 and 1957. Her last was at age 45. Every one of them were healthy, uncomplicated births. Most were born at home with a midwife or the local country doctor attending.

After being blessed as she was with the births of all these babies, came the raising of them. My grandmother worked from morning 'til night taking care of her home and family. She never complained. She always said she had a good life and felt blessed.

So just remember that women are AMAZING. Each and every one of us. We have an inner strength that sometimes we don't even realize we have.

 It's okay to be sad and blue sometimes, it's only natural, but never give up having hope and faith that whatever we want for our lives we can make come true and whatever life throws at us we'll be able to handle. - Rhonda


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir, by Alice Eve Cohen. Publisher: Viking Adult (July 9, 2009)What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir
by Alice Eve Cohen
--A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possible

At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years.

After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Alice tells her fiancé that she's never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.

In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb - six months into a high-risk pregnancy.

What I Thought I Knew is a page-turner filled with vivid characters, humor, and many surprises and twists of fate.

With the suspense of a thriller and the intimacy of a diary, Cohen describes her unexpected journey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the hotly contested terrain of motherhood and family in today's society.

Timely and compelling, What I Thought I Knew will capture readers of memoirs such as Eat, Pray, Love; The Glass Castle; and A Three Dog Life.

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Image: Delighted at falling pregnant after 22 yearsAs Paula Lackie strokes her swollen tummy she admits she is counting the days until the arrival of her unborn baby.

In her 20s, tests revealed she could never fall pregnant naturally.

Rather than giving up on her dream of becoming a mum, Paula and her then husband adopted two children they adore.

For most of the next two decades, she admits she secretly hoped doctors had got her diagnosis wrong, only to be left shattered each month when she failed to conceive.

And only after finally giving up hope of ever falling pregnant naturally did she discover she was expecting.

Paula, 43, of Haddington, East Lothian, said: At first I thought I must be starting the menopause.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on DailyRecord.co.uk
Read more: Delight for woman as she falls pregnant after 22 years of trying
Originally posted in April 15, 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)pixelThe 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: Against the odds: Alice Eve Cohen cradles baby Eliana who she gave birth to after believing she was infertile for 15 yearsWith my feet in stirrups, I asked my gynecologist about my symptoms, while she performed an internal exam.

She said: Welcome to the menopause!

She advised me to exercise, start a diet, continue taking the hormones and see her again in a year.

On Friday, September 10, 1999, I saw another doctor. She suspected a large uterine or ovarian tumour and sent me for an emergency CAT scan.

Afterwards, I fell asleep in the waiting area. Mrs Cohen. Someone was shaking my shoulder.

Mrs Cohen. We did find something in you. We found a baby.

For the next two-and-a-half months, I stayed indoors and lay on my left side. I turned 45. At 5.30pm on December 13, 1999, after a hellish 47-hour labour, I gave birth to our daughter.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Dailymail.co.uk
Read more: It wasn't the menopause, it was a miracle: At 30, doctors told Alice she was infertile - at 45 she had a baby
Originally posted on August 4, 2009.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility, by Julie Vargo  and Maureen Regan. Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (May 30, 2006)-A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility
by Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan

-- We are bombarded by images of blissful older mothers, such as Madonna and Celine Dion. But Hollywood articles about pregnancy and fertility at middle age gloss over the tremendous amount of financial, emotional, and physical effort faced by couples struggling to conceive.

Ranges from technical to humorous and everything in between. What are good, snappy comebacks to the question, Why aren't you pregnant? What is the difference between gonadotrophin releasing hormone and progesterone? Should you freeze your eggs?

These questions and many more are answered, and in the tone of a couple of good friends. Between them, the authors have gone through hormone treatments, pregnancy losses and multiple inseminations -- so they know firsthand the roller-coaster ride of trying to achieve pregnancy.

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