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Pregnant at 47? She enjoyed every minute

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 0 comments

Image: Robin Brussel holds her 5-week-old son, Noah Brussel, as she checks on her 4-month-old granddaughter, Joey Fowler Holmes. Robin was caring for the pair at her home in Labadie
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January 19, 2012 -- Becoming pregnant at age 47 wasn't a worry for Robin Brussel.

I enjoyed every minute of being pregnant, she said.

Still, it was a surprise.

I thought I was going through pre-menopause, she said. It just happened.

Brussel, now 48 years old, gave birth in December to a 6-pound, 10-ounce boy named Noah she carried for 39 weeks.

He was a cesarean birth, as were her four older children, ages 18 to 28.

Noah was the first child born to her and her husband, Mark Brussel, who was 56 years old.

They have been married for nearly four years.

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Originally posted on January 19, 2012.

Image: Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood, by Elizabeth Gregory. Publisher: Basic Books (December 25, 2007)
Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood
by Elizabeth Gregory

-- Over the past three decades, skyrocketing numbers of women have chosen to start their families in their late thirties and early forties.

In 2005, ten times as many women had their first child between the ages of 35 and 39 as of 1975, and thirteen times as many had their first between 40 and 44.

Women now have the option to define for themselves when they're ready for a family, rather than sticking to a schedule set by social convention.

As a society, however, we have yet to come to terms with the phenomenon of later motherhood, and women who decide it makes sense for them to delay pregnancy often find themselves confronted with alarmist warnings about the dangers of waiting too long.

In Ready, Elizabeth Gregory tracks the burgeoning trend of new later motherhood and demonstrates for many women today, waiting for family works best.

She provides compelling evidence of the benefits of having children later -- by birth or by adoption.

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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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