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I had my Madeleine at 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, May 15, 2008 | 0 comments

I had my Madeleine at 45, too, Barbara. I just became a grandmother and she, an aunt. God provides. And, what joy he provides "older" parents! - Bonnie


I had my fifth baby one month before my 46th birthday. What you will need: a sense of humor, trust in God, letting go of your plans.

What you will get: a heart that enlarges, a sense of wonder, the joy of seeing your older kids with the baby, and knowing that you are on a big adventure called LIFE. Embrace it!

In the words of Auntie Mame: "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death". It's a beautiful thing, and this child will keep you young at heart. Trust God!


Magdalene Njue, who had her baby at 45, recalls feeling "dead-beat" and had to sleep every afternoon during her pregnancy. She also gave birth by caesarean section, but has no regrets.

"I had been trying to get pregnant for many years and this was a blessing," says Magdalene.


Geez, my grandma had her last baby at 45, and at home!! The baby was fine (too spoiled, if you ask me), and grandma lived to be 87.


I'd say it would be very difficult to draw the line at a certain age. Circumstances vary. I know somebody who had a baby (naturally) at 48.


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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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