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Met women having planned babies in late 40s, even 50s

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, April 11, 2006 | 5 comments


When I researched and wrote my book Birth Begins at Forty: Challenging the Myths of Late Motherhood, I was astounded and warmed by the women I met who were merrily having planned babies in their late 40's or even 50's. One woman had been butchered by the NHS at 33 after a late miscarriage and had given up all hope, only to have a natural birth at 50.

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I am 45, have 4 male children ranging from ages 4 thru 21 and I am currently 8 weeks pregnant. I am very excited about being pregnant again, but at the same time, I am a bit nervous too.

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There are, amazingly, as many over-50s as under-16s having abortions.

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My sister is 45 years old and carrying her first (also conceived naturally).

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I hate to keep mentioning my cousin's wife, but she had three pregnancies after 40. Sure, the middle one ended in a miscarriage, but she had a third. I think she was 44 at delivery, too. By the way, I think she went 1-2 years in there between pregnancies. She tried Clomid, it didn't help, got off it and got pregnant.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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5 comments

  1. Tina says:

    I am 48 and will be 49 this year and seriously thinking about having a child. This would be my first. My husband already has a son 24 from his previous marriage. This is my first marriage. Yes, I am older in that too! Just never met anybody that special and now....I have found him and would like to share a life between him. Anybody out there who was or is in my situation? Would love to hear from you!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tina,
    I am 49 years old and also thinking about having my first child. Like yourself, this is my first marriage (married at 40). I think we need to get together to have lunch and talk! I have so many questions and concerns (is it fair to the child? am I up to the physical demands? what about retirement? education? etc.) I'm sorry I'm not more help Tina. At least you know you're not the only one thinking about this!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tina,
    I am 50 and have 2 children from my first marriage. My current husband is younger than me and has no children. We have been together for 8 years and have decieded to try to have a baby. We are going to the doctor soon to get things started!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous,

    I am 49 and turning 50 this summer and my serious partner and I are talking about having a baby now. It will be my first. I am open to IVF/donor eggs because the studies show that the chances of conceiving and live birth is around 60%+ if the women is healthy. If we pursue this route then I want the best possible chances of having a healthy baby, if God willing.

    Let's keep sharing our stories, research and experiences, Thanks E

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am 49 years old and have a 5 year old beautiful daughter. I got pregnant when I was 39 and had a miscarriage. The doctors recommended we get a donor, but my husband and I were against it. I had a procedure to shrink my fibroids and shortly afterwards, I got pregnant. I wanted to have a second child but it hasn't happened yet. I still believe that God will bless us with a second child. Don't give up and trust in God because nothing is impossible with his help!

    As for being too old to raise a child at 50, my Mother raised several of her grand children and grand parents are doing this around the world. If you want a child, you can raise it with God’s help.

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