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Image: Sarajean Grainson, 54 with twins
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June 18, 2009 - Even if the two digits - 54 - were reversed, Sarajean Grainson would be considered an older mom.

But she'll turn 54 in July, and last month the Valley Stream woman gave birth to fraternal twins Matthew and David.

It's not so shocking anymore for a woman in her 50's to have a newborn.

But the Grainson clan gathered for a news conference Thursday at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where the twins were born because Grainson said she wanted to inspire women not to give up on the dream of carrying a baby.

I want women to know there is no biological clock. . . . It's not ticking anymore, Grainson said.

A doctor brought Grainson out of menopause and combined donor eggs with her husband's sperm.

Grainson plans to stay home full-time; she joked that while other women jump from planes or go to the Caribbean in retirement, she'll joyfully spend hers raising children.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Newsday.com
Read more: Valley Stream woman gives birth to twins at 53
Originally posted on June 18, 2009.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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.

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58-year-old becomes Tatarstan's oldest Mum
(Kazan, January 12, Tatar-inform, Lucia Kamalova).

A 58-year-old woman in Tatarstan through surrogate maternity became a mother of twin girls.

A 62-year-old man last year became the oldest Dad.

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Image: Bhavani Amma had given birth to a baby boy at 62Bhavani Amma fulfilled her dream of becoming a mother, despite reaching menopause and being 62 years old.

She gave birth to a baby boy through In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and embryo transfer (ET) method.

She was perhaps the third oldest woman the world to have given birth to a baby at this age, the doctors at the clinic had then said.

Through all this, Bhavani Amma smiled, sharing her joy at holding her baby in her arms.

Read more: Kerala's 'oldest' mom passes away, 13 years after she gave birth


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: My Baby Chase: Our Roller Coaster Ride from Infertility to Parenthood, by Gilda Dangot Simpkin (Author). Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (August 29, 2017)My Baby Chase: Our Roller Coaster Ride from Infertility to Parenthood
by Gilda Dangot Simpkin

-- This is the heart-wrenching tale of our convoluted 10-year quest to have a family, from the serious, and sometimes hilarious side of fertility treatments, through two harrowing international adoptions. Our journey is filled with so many cliff hangers it reads more like a suspense tale than reality.

As you come along for our wild ride you will be clutching this book praying we don't get derailed again.

Our story of determination and tenacity will give hope to anyone facing a difficult life journey.

Let my story motivate you to attain your dreams!

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Image: The author and her son Harper, channeling their inner cowpoke outside a lodge she owns in Stanley, Idaho.
Photo credit: Karen Kuehn of More Magazine -- All rights reserved
I opened my post office box and removed an AARP magazine, a La Leche League newsletter, and a postcard of a pagoda in Myanmar, which I'd mailed to myself two weeks earlier while on assignment in the country formerly known as Burma.

The Idaho mountain morning was autumn orange, my first at home after 24 sleepless hours flying economy class from Yangon.

My baby screamed whenever the stroller stopped rocking, and the early miseries of a cold pounded in my head.

I am 54 years old and suffering the delirious consequences of weaning a baby and being one of the first Western journalists to visit Naypyidaw, the new capital city of the military dictatorship that has held the Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for much of the past 18 years.

No doubt, I am also the first breastfeeding 54-year-old journalist to go this route.

(No, I didn't take my son with me: Myanmar, military dictators, and babies really don't mix.)

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on More.com
Read more: Unfortunately the article is no longer available online.
Originally published in MORE print magazine, July/August 2007 as Why a Baby at 53?



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Image: 50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility, by Sally Lewis and Nim Barnes. Publisher: Summersdale (October 1, 2011)50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility
by Sally Lewis and Nim Barnes

-- Practical advice and a holistic approach to help you conceive, including simple dietary and lifestyle changes and do it yourself complementary therapies.

In this accessible and informative guide, Sally Lewis explains how age, sexual infections, diet, excess weight, stress, and anxiety affect fertility.

Teaching how to discover the best time for conception; understand the link between body, mind, and fertility; and manage stress and relax to prevent anxiety, this is the ultimate guide to increasing the likelihood of conception at any age.

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Image: Adorable twins, on Pixabay
My friend was 47 years old when she conceived through IVF [in vitro fertilization].

She gave birth to twins, using her own eggs.

They are adorable and very healthy children.

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My Dad was conceived when my grandmother was 49 years old.

She delivered him at 50 years old.

My great grandmother also delivered her last baby at 50 years old.

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High-flying lawyer Cherie is married to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

They have three teenagers - Euan, Nicky, and Kathryn.

Now, at 46 years old, they have a baby son named Leo, who arrived on May 20, 2000.

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I am 43 years old and I am pregnant for the first time.

-- Kirsten, Oslo, Norway

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I am 44 years old and I am seven months' pregnant with my fifth child.

-- Lanie, Colorado, USA


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant, by Jorge Chavarro, Walter Willett, Patrick Skerrett. Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
by Jorge Chavarro, Walter Willett, Patrick Skerrett

-- Reveals startling new research from the landmark Nurses' Health Study, which shows that the food you eat can boost your fertility.

The book prescribes ten simple changes in diet and activity that can increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Groundbreaking findings into changes you can put into practice today, setting the stage for a healthy pregnancy and forming the foundation for an eating strategy that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

The Fertility Diet also offers a week's worth of meal plans and delicious recipes that will make following the guidelines easy and tasty.

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Image: Suit claims Hudson County refused to reassign pregnant worker who later suffered miscarriage
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Yvonne Coleman-Davis became pregnant with twins when she was 41 years old, in the spring of 2010.

Yvonne, a corrections officer who works an overnight shift, eventually miscarried one of the twins she was carrying.

Yvonne said she asked to be reassigned during her high-risk pregnancy so she wouldn't have to be in close quarters with inmates.

Her superiors refused, she says.

After the miscarriage, but while she was six months pregnant with the twin who survived, Coleman-Davis was kicked in the stomach by a female prisoner, and she was required to fill out paperwork before her superiors allowed her to go to the hospital.

I was horrified, Coleman-Davis told The Jersey Journal.

All I was thinking was, I was going to lose that baby. I lost one, and now I'm going to lose the other one.

She did not return to work until after her daughter Veronica was born on October 28th.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on NJ.com
Read more:Suit claims Hudson County refused to reassign pregnant worker who later suffered miscarriage
Originally posted on July 26, 2012.

TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Boost Your Fertility: New Solutions for Conceiving Quickly and Having a Healthy Pregnancy as Soon as Possible, by Marilyn Glenville Ph.D. Publisher: Fair Winds Press (March 1, 2009)Boost Your Fertility: New Solutions for Conceiving Quickly and Having a Healthy Pregnancy as Soon as Possible
by Marilyn Glenville Ph.D.

-- The definitive one-stop resource for couples who want to have a healthy pregnancy as soon as possible.

Based on leading women's health expert Dr. Marilyn Glenville's highly successful program, Boost Your Fertility presents an 8-step integrative approach including nutrition, lifestyle, removing environmental toxins, and medical screening for getting and staying pregnant.

Dr. Glenville outlines in detail what may be hindering pregnancy, what you and your partner should be tested for and when, and how to tailor the program to you based on particular factors such as age, medical history, and lifestyle.

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Image: Cindy Reutzel holds her granddaughter Elle Cynthia Jordan Wednesday Sept. 5 after giving birth to her granddaughter on Thursday, Aug. 30 after acting as a surrogate for her own daughter Emily Jordan, who had undergone a radical hysterectomy. (Sitthixay Ditthavong/Associated Press)
Photo credit: Sitthixay Ditthavong/Associated Press
Faced with cervical cancer at a young age, Emily Jordan underwent a radical hysterectomy.

Doctors were able to save her ovaries. She thought she and her husband would never have their own children.

Jordan told the Associated Press that before the surgery, the doctor told her that she was pregnant. She was devastated.

Her mother, Cindy Reutzel, decided to step in, offering to be a surrogate so that her daughter and son-in-law could have a child.

Reutzel is in her early 50s and has remained in good health.

She says reactions have been positive, and is adamant once the baby is born, she will be the grandmother.

Jordan says that her mother's offer is a continuation of everything she had done for her, in making sure she had the best life possible.

Read more: Grandmother gives birth to her own grandchild


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Insider's Guide to Egg Donation: A Compassionate and Comprehensive Guide for All Parents-to-Be, by Wendie Wilson-Miller and Erika Napoletano. Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (May 15, 2012)The Insider's Guide to Egg Donation: A Compassionate and Comprehensive Guide for All Parents-to-Be
by Wendie Wilson-Miller and Erika Napoletano

-- In their search for alternative means for building a family, those who face infertility turn to the nearly 500 reproductive specialty clinics across the United States.

While egg donors enter into the picture for a variety of reasons, every reason has the same desired result: a family to call one's own.

Same-sex and single-by-choice parents are more prevalent than ever in the fertility industry, and there is no definitive, up-to-date guide to help families of all types approach egg donation, especially these niche groups.

Resources are fragmented, true regardless of the family structure.

The Insider's Guide to Egg Donation is the first how-to-handbook that helps families of all types navigate the less talked about but widely practiced egg donor landscape with a warm and friendly tone, giving those in search of a different kind of stork the answers and information they need as they begin to research family-building options.

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Image: Baby Pouty Lip, by GirlLiuxia on PixabayI am 45 years old, and this is my second baby while in my 40s.

At 15 weeks, I went for an amnio when the doctor ruptured my membranes.

For the next five months, I would stay in bed.

Of course, ruptured membranes means you will most likely lose the pregnancy.

Or if pregnancy survives, the baby will not survive, due to undeveloped lungs from too much pressure due to low fluid.

I had severely low fluid the entire pregnancy.

From 23 weeks until 35 weeks when he was born, I was hospitalized and managed.

He was born at 35.1 weeks by elective c-section - he was perfectly healthy.

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It is great to know we ladies over 40 years old can still get pregnant.

Despite what our doctors and statistics say!

My doctor also told me to see a specialist after seeing my FSH [Follicle-stimulating hormone] of 15.

My acupuncturist told me her FSH WASN'T that low, and she still got pregnant with her first child at 45 years old!

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This is my first pregnancy at 46 years old!

I don't know how far along I am since I stopped paying attention to my cycle many months ago.

All that work three years ago with fertility testing, taking my temperature every morning, charting hormone levels - just got to be too much with no result!

I finally bought a pregnancy test on December 21, and it took less than the time recommended to show a positive result!

I didn't believe it, so I went the next day and bought two more tests.

One was the kind that reads either pregnant or not pregnant.

That is the one I showed my husband.

I knew he would not believe me otherwise!
- Karen

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I too am 46 years old and expecting a baby.

Like you I was shocked at first...

I thought I was starting menopause!!

Had stopped paying attention to when my periods came, so I wasn't sure of when the little one would arrive.

- Jan, baby #9 due in June

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I too found out by surprise I was pregnant at 45 years old.

Problems arose - then shock again five months later I was pregnant again.

We had been trying since I was 39 years old, with no results.

We had one daughter 11 years ago, with fertility treatments.

This time, with no treatments, I got pregnant twice at 45 years old!



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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: Baby Fingers, by Christian Luiz on Pixabay
When my mom researched her family tree, she was amazed at how many women had children late in life.

Right from when they got married at 15 or 16 years old (the research went back to 1529 AD, when early marriage was normal), until right when the menopause hit at 48 years old, or even 50 years old.

Both my grandmothers had their last child at 43 years old and 46 years old respectively...

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My husband and I tried for two years, and thought we just could not conceive.

Just when we had given up, I got pregnant with our son Benjamin.

We hadn't even tried to get pregnant that month and yet, there it was... a + HPT [home pregnancy test].

I was just shy of turning 42 years old.

Sadly, we lost our precious son to premature birth at 22 weeks.

However, God blessed us with another child just five short months later.

I gave birth, at 43 years old, in Dec. 2004 to my daughter Emma.

So... it can happen.

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My husband and I married when I was 41 years old and a bit.

We were TTC [trying to conceive] for about 18 months before I got pregnant.

I turned 43 years old a few weeks afterwards.

I am now at 20 weeks pregnant now, so pretty hopeful for this, our first baby!

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We just found out she is expecting!

They are well into their forties.

I would say she is at least 44 years old.

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My mother-in-law had my husband  when she was 45 years old...

And that was 36 years ago.

AND he's got a brother 15 months younger than him.

AND his Dad was 60 years old when my husband was conceived!!


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 humor, 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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Image: Baby in the Flowers, by Dusan Tesanovic on Pixabay
Hey, I have to tell you this!

My grandmother had my mother when she was 46 years old!!

Forty-six!

Unbelievable...

Except I know it to be true because it happened to my grandmother.

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I have a friend who just found out she's pregnant.

She's 45 years old.

And she had a baby at 41/42 years old.

I don't think it's over for the 40-something's, just because of their age.

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I met a 45-year-old woman this week, who got pregnant naturally!

I was skeptical and pressed the issue (you did IUI [Intrauterine insemination], IVF [in vitro fertilization], SOMETHING?)

She said no, just timed sex.

Apparently, her mom had eight kids, one at 40 years old and another at 43 years old.

So she had fertility in her family, but still, I found her inspirational.

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My sister in law is 46 years old and she just gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

No tests, no idea what her FSH [Follicle-stimulating hormone] is and no problems.

She just tried and got pregnant and had no problems.

I think it's possible for all of us, we just might have to wait and go through more than some people.

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My Chinese Dr just told me of one of her patients who had 30 FSH.

She already into menopausal symptoms and is 45 years old.

She has just gotten pregnant!


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! 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.

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