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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 Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of In-fertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption LossHannah's Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of In-fertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss
-- In this warm and well-researched guide, author and caregiver Barbara Deane deals comprehensively with the many challenges of caring for an aging parent or relative. 

By combining insights gleaned from her own experiences, interviews with experts, testimonial from other struggling caregivers, and helpful reference lists, Deane furnishes the emotional support and practical advice caregivers need to provide good care-and keep from burning out in the process.

Jennifer Saake and her husband, Rick, are the founders of Hannah's Prayer Ministries (, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help women who are in-fertile or have suffered pregnancy loss or adoption loss. 

Since their in-fertility battle began in 1992, the Saakes have lost ten children via pregnancy losses and failed adoption attempts and have been blessed with two living miracles.

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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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