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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, January 29, 2008 | 0 comments

One thing I was psyched to hear about: In Japan, there are about 7-8 live births per year from women age 47. Donor eggs are illegal in Japan, so that's why they keep on trying with their own eggs. Cool, huh?


I asked my RE [reproductive endocrinologist] if she had ever seen someone my age have a baby naturally, and she said no. I read this site, and I see a different world.

I do know someone personally whose mother had him when she was 50 or 51. He is as normal as can be. It's my best friend's husband. He is from Northern Africa.


However, I was recently doing some research about another family that lived in the mid 1800's. The mother had had six kids — her first at age 24 and her fifth at age 36. Then she had her sixth child at age 48 (!!)

Obviously no donor eggs were used!! LOL. I don't know if she had any miscarriages in between #5 and #6. Her husband was six years older than she was. This last child went on to have six kids of his own.


I think Eleanor of Aquitaine (Queen of England in the 1100's) had something like 8-9 (more?) kids, and bore her last while in her 40's. Life was certainly tougher in the 1100's than it is now!!!

Edited to add: Born 1122, married King Henry II in 1152, Over the next thirteen years, she bore Henry five sons and three daughters: William, Henry, Richard, Geoffrey, John, Matilda, Eleanor, and Joanna. So she would have been 43 at her youngest child's birth.


I can't tell you how many people have told me stories about their own great-grandmothers and grandmothers having a (healthy) last baby at ages 46, 47, 48, etc.


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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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