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1st-time births in their 40's fast becoming norm

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, August 23, 2007 | 0 comments

Pregnancy Rates Soaring in Older Women

Socio-medical trends are giving new meaning to the phrase "dear old mom". Statistics confirm that first-time births to women in their 30s and 40s are fast becoming the norm. The birth rate for women 40 to 44 increased in 1998 to 7.3 per 1,000, a 92 percent increase over the 1981 rate.

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I will be 46 in October, and as of today am officially pregnant with my first baby!!

I tried off and on with lots of travel to get to my donor to get pregnant with my best friend (using at home insemination technique). I was 43, but turned 44 by our 3rd try. Then, he bailed on me... long story.

So, after dealing with the disappointment of that I went to my Gyno and asked for a good fertility specialist (and apparently ended up with THE best one in Canada, I have since discovered.)

Everything with me was fine - I ovulated, I had fairly low FSH for my age (8), tubes were open etc, but the IUI's I had in January and February didn't take. I was told it would be a miracle b/c of "older eggs" - they call me an "elderly" patient!! This was devastating - all I kept thinking was why can cats, dogs, squirrels etc. have young, I want to be blessed too. I was on Clomid (100mg), but only had one follicle in Jan and Feb.

Then in March after MommaKath's No. 2 Herbs for Clomid users, and the Clomid, I had FOUR follicles ranging between 10 and 18 mm. I had an IUI March 13 and felt myself ovulating all along the 2 hour drive to get to the clinic.

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It is OH SO POSSIBLE!! And, I have a friend in England pregnant at 45 and another friend just had a baby girl at 46!!! ALL with own eggs!! Much good luck!

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On April 3, Lorene Walters gave birth to Brooklynn Marie — 6 pounds, 13 ounces of beauty — at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.

Walters did something else that day, too. At 44, she joined the ranks of a growing number of older women who are having babies.

The baby, whom they call Brooke, was a surprise addition to the family, says the Keyport woman, who has a 21-year-old son, Greg. Her fiance, Steve Rinck, has daughters Tiffany, 12, and Stephanie, 15.

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Her mother was 45 when she was born and had brought up 6 children already.

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"In 2005, there were more than 104,000 births in the United States to women ages 40 through 44, and over 6,500 to women 45 and older. In 2004, there were 1,786 live births to women over 42, using donor eggs."





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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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