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Life's surprise is 1st birth for Teresa, 48

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 2 comments

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There was definitely a pregnant pause when shocked Birmingham patient Teresa Orr found out she was about to have a baby.

The 48-year-old had gone to the doctor thinking she had started menopause rather than becoming pregnant for the first time.

Delighted parents Teresa and William Orr, of Stirchley, have celebrated the birth of surprise baby Gracie after thinking they had married too late to start a family.

We only got married two years ago and never even thought about children because we are both in our late 40s, and thought it couldn't happen, said doting dad William, a 47-year-old college lecturer at City College, in Handsworth.

We haven't had IVF [in-vitro fertilization] or any fertility treatments, it all happened completely naturally, so we feel very blessed.

A midwife at Birmingham Women's Hospital and an obstetrician friend of ours said it is the first time they had come across a woman getting pregnant for the first time at such a late age. They said it was very rare.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on
Read more: Life's surprise is first-birth for Teresa, aged 48
Originally posted on March 27, 2009

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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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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am 47 yrs. old and pregnant for the first time. I am at 7 weeks and really scared and nervous. My husband & I were told we were in the 1-3% unexplained infertility after trying back in my late 20's and 30's. We never took any fertility drugs. I thought I was experiencing menopause because my periods had started getting wacky. We do not plan on telling anyone until at least 12 weeks, maybe longer. I know I will be devastated if something happens at this point. Your story is something positive I will keep in my mind as time goes on.

  2. Unknown says:

    Hi. I am 48 years old and believe I am going into menopause. However, this past week or so I have wondered if I could be pregnant. I am also one of the 1-3%unexpained infertility. My husband and I have been married soon 14 years. I came across this site tonight and read you story. I was wondering how your pregnancy is going. I hope it is good news.

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