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At 52, she gave birth to a healthy baby

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, August 22, 2007 | 0 comments

I have also seen a situation where a woman whom had been thru all kinds of fertility treatments for years on end , and never conceive. At the age of 52, well after she had stopped any treatments or hope of a child of her own, conceive and give birth to a healthy baby.

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Getting pregnant is a mystery. It is hard to understand why it is so hard for some, and easy for others. I am 44 and am due in November. This pregnancy was out of the blue for us. We were not trying and, given my age, I was quite surprised that it continued.

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This article was so encouraging that someone sent to me on the IVFaith board...it's from Christian Women Today, from Marsha Marks. She wrote a touching article on her 8 year struggle with infertility.

During her struggle to conceive, Marsha went into menopause.

The adoption agency turned down her and her husband. Even her doctors refused to treat her anymore, even suggesting that she seek therapy "to deal with not accepting things as they are."

Marsha's husband became too discouraged to pray anymore.

The phone rang one day. "Marsha, your pregnancy test came back positive."

http://www.christianwomentoday.com/growth/infertilityprayer.html

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At 48, I am pregnant for the first time, without fertility treatments. I had 2 donor implants that didn't work when I was 46 and 47, and stopped all treatments earlier this year. Got pregnant on my honeymoon, isn't that perfect? It's the first marriage for both of us..

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The percentage of women having children after age 45 was higher in 1960 than it is now, because more women then continued to have children until they hit menopause. Lacking convenient, reliable contraceptives, they lacked today's choices about when to have children. The birth control pill became widely available in the early 1960's.

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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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