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I had a client who had a child at age 47

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, February 07, 2007 | 1 comments

In fact, in my clinical practice as a mental health professional, I had a client who had a child at age 47. The girl is now 15 and both mother and daughter are perfectly healthy and normal.


At age 47 I got pregnant, but from the beginning something didn't seem quite right, and indeed a miscarriage followed. In May, I had an acupuncture appointment, and that evening my husband and I met with our rabbi. It was to be the first of weekly meetings with us praying on our own in between.

Well, the next day I got pregnant! As I write this I am in my 20th week of a normal pregnancy. My husband and I continue our prayers. Every day I am awed by what is happening in our lives. I can't say which thing I did may have caused our success; a friend suggested that it was my decision and belief in my ability to have a child. It has been a long journey, approximately three years. I am due a few months before I turn 49!


According to Monday's Svenska Dagbladet, there has been a significant shift upwards in the number of over 40's giving birth. Last year almost 3,000 children were born to mothers over the age of 40 and this has contributed to the average age for women having their first born in Sweden being at an all time high.


I am currently 11 weeks' pregnant having conceived naturally at the age of 47. I will be 2 months short of my 48th birthday when I deliver. - June, 47, UK

(Updated) June has given birth to a beautiful baby boy, four weeks early on Tuesday 28th March 2006. Jake Joseph Stephen Billett weighed in at 6lb 14 oz.


I was 45 this week, but can still say that I conceived when I was 44!! I’m 7 weeks pregnant & have a 17 month old toddler so will have my hands well & truly full!! But I have to say that first time around with Isabelle felt like the most amazing miracle, and I loved being pregnant although it wasn’t without it's worrying moments.


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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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  1. Anonymous says:

    I think it's a blessing that women can conceive with their own eggs at 47 years old. It's somewhat rare-but not unlikely. I hope things go well for all pregnant women on this site. T

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