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There were 539 births to women over 50

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, May 12, 2007 | 0 comments

Although over age 35 the fertility rates decline, naturally conceived pregnancy can occur up to the mid 50's. In the United States, between 1997 and 1999, there were 539 births to women over 50.


2003 Vital Statistics Data for South Carolina

Oldest mother: 48 years old


I had my son at age 45. He was not planned. I was not too old for pregnancy at that age. Don't let the doctors scare you. I was more tired than in my twenties, and had diet controlled gestational diabetes too. I also had a vaginal delivery. You go ahead and try for a baby. - Donna


I have a friend who was also born (45 years ago) when HER mother was 45 - all her other siblings are much other than she is.


At 48, I have remarried. I have two college age children from my first marriage. This is also a second marriage for my husband who lost his wife to cancer many years ago, he is 61 (looks 45) and has two children from that marriage.

We recently learned we are expecting and are very happy, well once the shock wore off. We are both aware we will be the "oldies" at preschool, let alone college.

The biggest thing for us is knowing we both have very successful careers, are extremely set financially and will have more time to devote to this child than we had when we were younger. I certainly don't recommend this for everyone but we are thrilled.

By the way, though I have not had the pleasure with my children, my husband became a grandfather again this weekend for the 7th time. Well, at least this baby will have playmates!


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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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