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The oldest woman was 52 at delivery

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, July 21, 2007 | 1 comments

Using a 1982-4 computerized data base from a perinatal network, 511 pregnancies in women whose age was 40 or more years at delivery were studied. The oldest woman was 52 years of age. This represented 1.2% of the 41,335 women delivering.


Marriage and childrearing where indivisible; indeed, in the mid-nineteenth century reproduction was considered a woman's only correct occupation. Birth control literature was illegal and the average working class wife was either pregnant or breast feeding from wedding day to menopause.


Lynette, 48, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
I have a two year old son, Thierry, who was born just before my 46th birthday, my first child. We had a great natural birth and have loved every moment of the past two years. I am now a stay -at -home mum, live in Townsville (sunny Nth Queensland) Australia, live a very healthy lifestyle, have started a Playgroup - Healthy Planet Playcircle.


Jackie, 44, Ohio, US
Well, after a very difficult few months of pregnancy, mainly due to the baby being breech and nothing to do with my age, they tried in vain to turn the baby so that I could have a vaginal birth but the baby just wouldn't move, so I was scheduled for my first ever c-section on February 26th, 2006. On February 11th I went into labour and within an hour after arriving at the hospital had a beautiful baby girl weighing in at 6lbs 12oz.

She is the best baby I have ever had, sleeping 12 hours through the night since she was 6 weeks old (and that's the truth :) The one regret I do have is that the pregnancy was not a good one and when I found out I was having a c-section I told them to tie my tubes and now a part of me really wishes I hadn't done that as I would have really loved another one.


Debra, 44, Cumbria, UK
Just wanted to report (a little late albeit) that I gave birth after a natural conception on 20.09.05 to a 8lb 13 oz baby boy named Ben. I had already started injections for down regulating my ovaries to have donor egg treatment! On my second baseline scan, 2 weeks before treatment was scheduled I was told that I had a fetal pole and a sac but no heartbeat. I went back to my local hospital for a scan 1 week later to be told that there was a heartbeat.

So after being told that my own fertility had ended by 2 IVF specialists, I had conceived with a FSH of 27.8. So I wanted to give some hope to those women with elevated FSH. We all have a few good eggs left!

I’m now ttc again at 44 (my birthday today) I’m using the Clear Blue Fertility Monitor and had a LH surge and ovulation pain 4 days ago, so I’ll keep you posted.


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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:

    Hi Catherine,

    I know that you already knew that I was pregnant but I never really gave any age facts..Yes I do post on the 45 board every now and then but not too much.
    I will be 46 next week and I am a few days shy of being 20 weeks pregnant with a sweet baby boy :O) I had my u/s last week and everything looks good :O)
    I didnt know if I was ever added to your stats so I thought I would drop you a line :O)
    I love reading these stories!!!

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