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Jonie Mitchell conceived by AR at 52 years old

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, September 19, 2006 | 0 comments

One woman who has worked through these issues is Jonie Mosby Mitchell, a country music singer and mother of 4-year-old Morgan Bradford, who was conceived by AR when Ms. Mosby Mitchell was 52 years old. At the time, Ms. Mosby Mitchell was the oldest woman on which AR had been used successfully.


I had a tubal ligation 1 year ago and I am pregnant and 45 years old. I am scared. I have an ultrasound a couple days ago and they see the sac but not the baby yet


If you are going through menopause you may be thinking that you are about to be free from the burden of children. Maybe your kids are just leaving home and you are thinking about how wonderful it will be to have the house to yourself again. Well, before you redecorate you should probably know that, even during menopause, it is possible to become pregnant.

Women as old as 50 have been known to get pregnant naturally, particularly during peri-menopause. In order to be menopausal you have to have been period free for at least 12 months. If your periods are still showing up every now and then, you are probably still ovulating and thus have a chance of becoming pregnant.


Even women in their late-30's have approximately 90 per cent of baseline fertility and those 40 to 44 years have approximately 60 per cent of the baseline rate. Even women in the 45 to 49 year age group had 15 per cent of the baseline rate according to one study on a religious group that did not use contraception. Another study showed little fall off in fertility until the late 30's and then a more rapid decline thereafter. It appears fertility in older women is better preserved than experience in an infertility clinic would suggest.

The fact, and the paradox, is that while older women at an infertility clinic need to be counselled about their lower chances of conceiving, older women in the community who do not wish to conceive must still take contraception seriously.


Hewlett was lucky: she went on to have three more children, including Emma, to whom she gave birth at 51 using her own egg and infertility treatments. Hewlett says she understands "baby hunger."


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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 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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