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Mothers who beat the clock - Mary Shearing

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, April 01, 2017 | 0 comments

Image: Mothers who beat the clockIt seemed best to start with a woman who had lived with the stigma for the longest time, Mary Shearing, 70, a Californian, and her 16-year-old twins Kelly and Amy.

Mary was one of the first post-menopausal women to have IVF, but although critics warned she was cheating nature and would never keep up with her girls' interests, it didn’t work out that way.

Mary spends an hour in the gym every morning and water-skis regularly. It's only now, with the girls almost grown up, that their mother's age is starting to worry them.

Our connection is fantastic — much better than with my first kids. I think they would have been better off if I'd been a little bit more mature. I had my first child when I was 19 and that was just too young.

They are a loving family: indeed, it's all but impossible to disapprove of Mary's decision to have IVF at 53.

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Image: Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception: Essential Advice on Preparing Your Body for IVF and Other Fertility Treatments, by Zita West. Publisher: Random House UK (April 12, 2010)Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception: Essential Advice on Preparing Your Body for IVF and Other Fertility Treatments
by Zita West

-- Embarking on IVF—or any assisted fertility treatment—can be a very demanding and stressful experience, but the right physical, nutritional, and emotional support can lessen these stresses and strains and increase the chances of success.

Here a leading fertility and pregnancy expert offers an in-depth explanation of all aspects of fertility and, uniquely, addresses the issues involved in using assisted conception.

She explains fertility from preconception and trying naturally to assisted conception, what is involved in the IVF process, how to prepare your body to increase the chances of conceiving successfully, the importance of a proactive approach to diet and nutrition, and how complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, can increase the chances of success.

Including interviews with leading experts in the field, case histories from patients, and the author's own holistic principles, this is an invaluable guide for the growing number of people who are considering, or have already embarked on, medical intervention to enable them to conceive.

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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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