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Older moms buck trend of fewer births

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, June 01, 2012 | 0 comments

Older moms buck trend of fewer births - SHNS photo by Jose Luis Villegas / The Sacramento Bee
Dr. Jessica Light, 43, a veterinarian and her husband, geologist Jeff Light enjoy dinner on the backyard porch with their seven children, ages 6 months-13 years old, at their home in Rancho Marietta, Calif.

These women are bucking the trend. Stefanie Anderson, 42, who is pregnant with her first child, conceived through in vitro fertilization; Jessica Light, who gave birth to her seventh child six months ago; and Christine Krause, 42, whose newborn son, Maxwell, was a "surprise" addition to the family but no less a blessing.

Women in their 40s may be better equipped than their younger counterparts to handle the stresses of bringing a new life into the world.

"Older women seem to enjoy their babies more," Ruth Haskins, the obstetrician, said. "Their careers are more established. Maybe they can afford nannies. They have broad social networks. They seem more patient. Some of them have waited a long time, so they really, really appreciate their babies."

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-- Hannah's heart beat with a mother's love long before she was blessed with a child.

Through the years of waiting and longing, her gentle heart was nearly crushed under the weight of grief.

You can meet Hannah in the pages of 1 Samuel, chapters 1 and 2.

The Bible says she was "barren," and we know she suffered heartache, anguish, and grief because of her empty arms. Perhaps you do too.  

Hannah's Hope is for all who long for a child yet to be conceived, grieve for a baby too soon passed from the womb, or have lived through the no-man's-land of failed adoption.

It is intended as a guide to assist you in making wise decisions as you struggle through your grief. And by the end of the journey, God may surprise you by the ways He uses to answer your heart's cry.

Compassionately written by a woman who knows well these painful struggles, Hannah's Hope will direct you to the Source of strength, whose name is "the God of all comfort."

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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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