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My mother was 47 when I was born

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, May 14, 2006 | 0 comments

My mother was 47 and my father was 49 when I was born


I had my twins at 53. I don't believe anyone can make that decision for anyone else. Every family is different. There are women who have their children in their twenties and then die young. Life holds no guarantees.


For seven years doctors told me there would be no chance of having children. We tried insemination and were told without donor eggs we would never have a child. To us, IVF was not a choice. We decided that if that is what God wanted for us, we would have to accept.10 years have passed and at 45, I was fortunate enough to have my first, only and completely natural child. My husband and I cherish each moment with our child. He is now 7 months old and we wonder how empty our life would have been without ever knowing this experience in life.


My parents were 48 when I was born way back in 1970. Granted, they weren't very likely to get down on the floor to roll around with me in the toddler years, but that's about all I missed out on! Since they were so much older, they were much more patient with me, were financially secure and, had enough time invested in their careers that they could take off to be with me when I needed or wanted them.


My mother-in-law had her last child at 45, her husband has then 55.


2,170 stories of Pregnancy & Birth over 44 years old!



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 our 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 there will be no more babies in our house.

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