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I had 5 children... last at 46

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, June 04, 2007 | 0 comments

I had five children...first child at 19 and last at 46. My early family... I had lots of energy to play on the floor, baseball, hiking, etc., but no wisdom about how to be a parent rather than a friend.

My late family... I had lots of wisdom and did a better job of parenting, but couldn't keep up as well with the physical stuff. Age is not the issue. The issue is why do you want to have a child, and are you prepared to give your all to parenting. There is great joy and great pain involved.

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346 — The number of females in Canada aged 45 to 49 who had given birth (live births) in 2003.

15 — The number of women in Canada aged 45 to 49 who had given birth to their 10th child or more (live birth) in 2003.

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My friend was able to get pregnant, and have her baby at 52 years old. Didn't even get a c-section!

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My dad's vasectomy grew back after 20 years and voila! A baby boy at age 52.

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My husband's high school girlfriend got pregnant at 52, and gave birth to triplets, three little girls. (I know you're thinking fertility drugs, but no, multiples run in her family, and older mothers are more likely to have a multiple birth. I'm thinking that she thought she was past all that, as we women tend to do, but was wrong.)

Anyway, the older parents of my anecdote have plenty of money, and are delighted with the wild, unexpected turn that their life has taken.

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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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