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Nina, 50 & Stacy, 47, conceived their 1st child

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, April 20, 2007 | 2 comments

Nina Beck, 50, and Stacy Jolles, 47, conceived their first child, Noah, while living in California. They purchased sperm from a donor bank and did inseminations at home using a medical syringe. Beck became pregnant in six months and gave birth to Noah, who died of a heart condition at 2 years old.

At the time of Noah’s death, the pair was trying for a second child and sought help at Fletcher Allen’s infertility clinic. Beck and Jolles took Clomid, an oral medication which stimulates the ovaries to produce an egg, but didn’t like the side effects.

"We decided maybe it was too disruptive to our natural bodies," Beck said.

The couple stopped taking the medication and decided not to pursue infertility drugs such as gonadotropin or a procedure such as IVF. After two years of trying Beck, who was not taking fertility medications at the time, became pregnant with Seth, now 6.

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Alicia Clendennin of Quaker Hill, Conn., was 18 weeks' pregnant when routine blood tests revealed her unborn child had a high risk of suffering some sort of birth defect.

Clendennin, now 47, went for an ultrasound, and doctors described what they were seeing as they ran the device over her belly.

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Of these 30 dancers (who during pregnancy ranged from age 17 to 47), 25 maintained teaching careers in modern dance, ballet, jazz, yoga and fitness and conditioning (including Alexander technique and Pilates) during pregnancy.

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I will be 46 in September. In 2001, after 3 miscarriages, my husband and I adopted our wonderful son from Russia. He just turned 5 in February. Our desire to be parents was fulfilled! Then last weekend, I took a test and found that I am pregnant.

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Just wanted to say that I know of several women who became pregnant in their mid-forties and had healthy babies! One dear friend was 46, another 45.

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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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2 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Both the Alexander Technique and Pilates helped me during pregnancy. You can learn more about both at http:/pilatesandalexander.com

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am 43 and have a 2 yr old from embryo adoption (I carried him to full term and gave birth) That was the best experience of a lifetime. Then....we just did an egg donor cycle and just found out that I am pregnant with twins! Due in Dec 2007. This is the best time of our life...We have a 22 yr old and a 21 yr old also. Good luck to all.

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