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She just had her 2nd child at 57

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | 1 comments

When I joined my online baby-board the realization hit me too. I was the oldest one there. Only 31 (at the time) and the old lady of the group!

When you’re in the NY/NJ metropolitan area.... You don't realize it. There was a woman right around the corner from where I used to live in New Jersey, who just had her second child at 57! FIFTY SEVEN!!!!!


My great-great grandmother had children when she was in her 40's.

My great-grandmother had my grandmother when she was over 40.
My grandmother had my mother when she was 35, and my uncle when she was 40.
My mother had me when she was 42, and my younger sister when she was 45. (We have several older siblings as well).
I had my kids after I turned 40.

I'd match my stamina, physical and mental, against yours any day, anywhere, and in fact would match the stamina of my 87-year-old mother against yours!


Did you all grow up in a vaccum? Plenty of children have been born without any assistance to parents over 40 and did just fine.

I am a single mom with a three year old, 46 years young and counting. I was a full time nanny in my twenties and I've been around babies and children my whole life.

Certainly my energy is different now than when I was in my 20's, but at 40 I am able to offer my child lots of things I couldn't offer in my thirties too. I make good money, I own my own home, I have plenty of love and energy to offer and I am in spectacular health.

Lay off people.


My grandmother was 45 when my father was born, and she had another son after him. We are all cut from different cloth.

If you feel you wouldn't be able to look after a child after 40, then don't pursue parenthood at that age. Leave the rest of us alone to raise our children in peace.


Hope this will inspire some of you...

I just found out today that my sister-in-law is preggo @ age 45 (46 when she will deliver). It was really a shock to her, as she says they were using protection.

I had to laugh, as she gave me a hard time about having my son when I was 42. She is excited, hopefully for her it will stick! - Beth


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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. My 51y/o husband is so concerned about the financial aspect of having another child late in life. He feels he would have to work into his 70's.He can't seem to get past the financial issues with older parenting. I am 8 years younger and we already have 4 children together, youngest being 3y/o. Anyway just wondered if anyone had husbands with similiar concerns.

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