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A patient of my dentist had her last child at 54.

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, November 03, 2006 | 0 comments

While at the dentist this week, I was talking with one of the dental assistants who told me about a patient of theirs who had her last child at the age of 54. She said it was a totally natural (and unexpected) conception.

This woman is now 90 years old, so it was definitely her OWN egg, since there was no such thing as IVF with donor eggs 36 years ago.


I know a 50 year old in my general area had a baby naturally, because the woman that is helping me learn Natural Family Planning, who is a nurse, said she had a client who conceived and gave birth to her 7th child naturally at age 50 (49 at conception) a few years ago. She charted her hormones and supplimnebted with natural progesterone. The baby was healthy and she was too, my nurse friend told me.


An Analysis of Birth Rate and the Fertility Rate of Women at Childbearing Ages:
In the year 2000, there were a total of 307,200 newborns in our country...

There were 38 biological mothers over 50 years old. When compared to the figures of the preceding year, the biological mothers over 45 years old increased by 20.16% -- the biggest increment.


However Japanese regulations requiring that when there is a birth by a woman over 50 years of age, it must be confirmed.


The older one is, the higher one's chance of having fraternal twins. The twinning rate is doubled for ages 35 to 40 and then decreases again, probably due to a decrease in fertility as one ages. The rate increases again for the age group 45 to 49 years. Older women are having multiples at an increasingly high rate. There were more twins born to women ages 45 to 49 in 1997 than during the entire decade of the 1980s.


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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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