My daughter was born 2 months before I turned 43. I got pregnant with my own eggs. It's actually not that rare. We've had successful, full-term, live birth pregnancies here at age 47 with the mother's own eggs.
ONE MOTHER'S STORY - Pamela Laycock, 50, had her son Toby at the age of 45.
As a teenager, Ms Laycock assumed motherhood would begin in her early 20s - that she would meet someone at 21, marry soon and be a twentysomething mother.
But now, Ms Laycock, 50, a successful career woman, doesn't regret not having her first child until she was 45: "I think being an older mum certainly means you've got more experience to draw on. You've probably got all those things out of your system - like travelling. If someone had told me at the age of 15 or 16 that that wasn't going to be the case, I would have been absolutely mortified. But in hindsight I'm very pleased it turned out the way it did."
Ms Laycock and Derek, 48, her partner of 16 years, had son Toby, six last Sunday, through IVF. Despite spending some £14,000 on treatment, she was delighted when it was successful after two attempts.
"I probably have more energy than most, but I made a conscious decision that, after the age of 45, I would have given up trying."
Dawn Airey - BSkyB's controller said last month that she was to become a mother, after her lesbian partner Jacquie Lawrence announced she was pregnant. Ms Airey, 46, has shared a home with Ms Lawrence, a film-maker and gay rights activist in her forties, for four years. Ms Airey and Ms Lawrence are said to be "absolutely thrilled", and according to friends, can't wait to become parents.
Patricia Hodge - The Lincolnshire-born actress, well-known for her role as Phyllida Erskine-Brown in Rumpole of the Bailey, gave birth to sons Alexander and Edward in her forties, after 12 years of infertility.
Hodge is realistic about some of the drawbacks of being an older mother: "If you have children in your twenties when you are still young and active, you can run around with them all day. I dread to think how I will feel when I am in my sixties and having to deal with adolescents."
I am TTC [trying to conceive], and I was 45 in October. Have 20 month old son, whom I gave birth to at age 43.5, conceived him naturally and had no problems. I would love for him to have a baby sister or brother, but have been TTC for 3 months now with no luck yet.
I really like reading the inspiring stories on this site. By the way, both my grandmothers gave birth in their 40's. My dad's mom had him when she was 45.
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