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Cari Rosen was 43 and a quarter

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, December 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Cari Rosen was 43 and a quarterCari Rosen, a former television executive from north London who now works part-time for the website Gransnet, was “43 and a quarter” when she gave birth to her daughter, now three. She says the economics of having a child later in life have made it easier to put the family first.

“A lot of my friends felt under pressure to go back to work full-time when their kids were young, but being older I didn’t – partly because at my age I have more financial security, and partly because I feel less pressure to prove myself career-wise.”

Ms Rosen, now 46, dismisses those who criticize later-life parenthood. “I didn’t meet someone I wanted a child with until I was 39. Before that, the question was: ‘Do you have a child with someone you don’t want to spend the rest of your life with – or do you cross your fingers that you will meet the right person?’ People say it’s selfish, but it seems to me more selfish to bring a child into a relationship that is not right. I think some women do make that compromise.”

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by Cari Rosen

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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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