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It wasn't the menopause, it was a miracle!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, November 01, 2017 | 0 comments

Image: Against the odds: Alice Eve Cohen cradles baby Eliana who she gave birth to after believing she was infertile for 15 yearsWith my feet in stirrups, I asked my gynecologist about my symptoms, while she performed an internal exam.

She said: Welcome to the menopause!

She advised me to exercise, start a diet, continue taking the hormones and see her again in a year.

On Friday, September 10, 1999, I saw another doctor. She suspected a large uterine or ovarian tumour and sent me for an emergency CAT scan.

Afterwards, I fell asleep in the waiting area. Mrs Cohen. Someone was shaking my shoulder.

Mrs Cohen. We did find something in you. We found a baby.

For the next two-and-a-half months, I stayed indoors and lay on my left side. I turned 45. At 5.30pm on December 13, 1999, after a hellish 47-hour labour, I gave birth to our daughter.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Dailymail.co.uk
Read more: It wasn't the menopause, it was a miracle: At 30, doctors told Alice she was infertile - at 45 she had a baby
Originally posted on August 4, 2009.


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Image: A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility, by Julie Vargo  and Maureen Regan. Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (May 30, 2006)-A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility
by Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan

-- We are bombarded by images of blissful older mothers, such as Madonna and Celine Dion. But Hollywood articles about pregnancy and fertility at middle age gloss over the tremendous amount of financial, emotional, and physical effort faced by couples struggling to conceive.

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Catherine

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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