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Late arrivals well worth waiting for

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, February 03, 2016 | 0 comments

Image: 40 something mum Alison Darlow with her daughter 18 month old BethDawn Morris, 44, from Ilkley, says she was very surprised to find herself pregnant at 42.

“I was gobsmacked,” she says. “I didn’t meet my partner, who’s quite a bit younger than me until I was 41 and it really didn’t occur to me that I could become pregnant. I thought I was going in to the menopause.”

“I think I have more patience, and I also appreciate and make quality time to spend with my daughter,” says Dawn.

“I loved my job as a registered nurse before I had Lilly and didn’t think twice about working overtime. Since having Lilly, although I enjoy my two days at work, at the back of my mind I’m wondering if I’m missing an important milestone in Lilly’s life. I no longer do overtime. As soon as my shift is over I’m off like a shot I can’t wait to see Lilly and hear what sort of day she’s had.”

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Image: The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility, by Holly Finn. Publication Date: July 8, 2011The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility
by Holly Finn

-- “I’m not over 40 and childless for no reason,” writes Holly Finn. “I smoked in my twenties. I preferred red wine to sparkling water. I ate too much milk chocolate. I liked limericks. I know all the wrong I’ve done. But also, more than any of that, I’ve always longed for children.”

Yet there she was: successful, social, mostly happy, and not a mother. Knowing that her chances of becoming pregnant naturally were quickly fading, Finn decided to gamble: she—like some 85,000 other women in the U.S. each year—would attempt in vitro fertilization.

Almost three years later, she’s still trying, and in the process has become an accidental pioneer (and, at times, a guinea pig) in the ever-evolving science of IVF.

Length: 50 pages

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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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