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I was reading an interesting book, Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome In-fertility

In her book, she references a 50-year-old client who conceived twins naturally.

In an interview, Angela C. Wu was asked: You’ve helped many couples conceive — assisting women and men who were otherwise deemed fertility-challenged or even 'infertile' for one reason or another. Science loves statistics, any you can share?

Angela C. Wu replied: We see up to 200 new clients a year.

Last year, our clinic helped 79 women become pregnant — 39 women with support from Western reproductive technologies, and 40 women who conceived naturally.

Twenty-nine of our female fertility clients were over the age of 40, and 14 of these women conceived naturally.

Most had wondered if they would ever conceive at all.

From her website, Wu's Healing Centre:

Under Dr. Wu’s care, women with FSH levels of 65 have conceived naturally; women with levels as high as 118 have seen their FSH drop to 9.

Women up to 50 years of age have conceived naturally and carried babies full term.

Men have overcome sperm disorders. Fibroids have disappeared.

Women who have experienced multiple miscarriages, ovarian or tubal dysfunction, thin uterine lining, premature menopause, irregular cycles, endometriosis, and inexpiable infertility have delivered healthy, happy babies.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome In-fertility
-- At Wu's Healing Center in San Francisco, miracles are happening.

Women and their partners come to the clinic--often from across the country -- to fulfill a passionately held yet fragile dream: to conceive and deliver the healthy baby that mainstream doctors have told them they cannot have.

Using traditional Chinese medical techniques, sometimes integrated with Western fertility treatments, Dr. Angela Wu is helping these couples experience the miracle of birth.

At a time when one in five U.S. couples is struggling with fertility problems, this practical and uplifting volume, filled with the inspirational stories of Dr. Wu's grateful patients, will be a godsend.

📚 Paperback: 256 pages
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I  am  another 45 year-old mother-to-be, I will be almost 46 1/2 years old when the baby is born in late summer.


No interventions and I had one miscarriage at 44 years old, after six weeks along.

My Down's risk was 1 in 18 before my nuchal translucency/blood test.

It was thankfully decreased to 1 in 185 afterward.

I'm feeling very thankful and will get another ultrasound, and probably an amnio at 18 weeks.

Love hearing other 45 and over stories!

- Pamela


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
The Insider's Guide to Egg Donation: A Compassionate and Comprehensive Guide for All Parents-to-Be
by Wendie Wilson-Miller and Erika Napoletano

-- In their search for alternative means for building a family, those who face infertility turn to the nearly 500 reproductive specialty clinics across the United States.

While egg donors enter into the picture for a variety of reasons, every reason has the same desired result: a family to call one's own.

Same-sex and single-by-choice parents are more prevalent than ever in the fertility industry, and there is no definitive, up-to-date guide to help families of all types approach egg donation, especially these niche groups. Resources are fragmented, true regardless of the family structure.

The Insider's Guide to Egg Donation is the first how-to-handbook that helps families of all types navigate the less talked about but widely practiced egg donor landscape with a warm and friendly tone, giving those in search of a different kind of stork the answers and information they need as they begin to research family-building options.

📚 Paperback: 280 pages
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This is how you can mess up, and find yourself pregnant over 50 years old.

That's EXACTLY what happened to the mother of a friend of mine many years ago.

She was having herself a casual little fling with a man she'd just met in the Bahamas.

She had a wonderful vacation, an enjoyable dalliance with a lovely man, and returned to real life back home.

She thought she was post-menopausal, done with birth control and wham!

She found herself pregnant at 53 years old!

She had a beautiful baby boy, and he is the delight of her life!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies | Paperback: 320 pages | by Randine Lewis. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (March 21, 2005)
The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
by Randine Lewis

-- Infertility affects one out of six couples today.

Dr. Lewis presents a groundbreaking alternative approach to infertility, explaining how she used traditional Chinese medicine to treat her own infertility, successfully conceiving and giving birth to two children.

In Lewis's experience, women who have undergone three to six months of the dietary changes, herbs and acupuncture treatments become pregnant with no further effort.

Lewis intersperses her somewhat technical examination of the program with anecdotes about her patients, weaving in discussions on diet, herbal supplements, acupuncture, older women and problems related to infertility.

📚 Paperback: 320 pages
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I know that it can happen because my Father was born when his mother was 47 years old.

She always wanted children, but it just never happened before this.

Because she was never pregnant before, she didn't even realized she was carrying a baby until she was 6 months along.

I am told she did not regret having to wait to have her first, and only child.

She was able to travel, gain life experience, financial stability, as well as a supportive family on her side long before she became a mom.

There’s a wonderful sense of calm about being a mother in your 40s.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility
by Martha Diamond, David Diamond and Janet Jaffe

-- For people experiencing infertility, wanting a baby is a craving unlike any other. The intensity of their longing is matched only by the complexity of the emotional maze they must navigate.

With insight and compassion, Drs. Janet Jaffe, Martha Diamond, and David Diamond-specialists in the field of Reproductive Psychology who have each experienced their own struggle with infertility-give couples the tools to:

 • Reduce their sense of helplessness and isolation
 • Identify their mates' coping styles to erase unfair expectations
 • Listen to their unsung lullabies--their conscious and unconscious dreams about having a family -- to mourn the losses of infertility and move on.

Ground-breaking, wise, and compassionate, Unsung Lullabies is a necessary companion for anyone coping with infertility.

📚 Paperback: 304 pages
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What a shock! I'm 44 years old.

And I just found out I am pregnant for the very first time.

I have very mixed emotions - happy, scared, worried, excited!

I just want to have a healthy baby.

Anyone else having gone through pregnancy in their 40's?


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: My Baby Chase: Our Roller Coaster Ride from Infertility to Parenthood | Paperback: 188 pages | by Gilda Dangot Simpkin (Author). Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (August 11, 2017)
My Baby Chase: Our Roller Coaster Ride from Infertility to Parenthood
by Gilda Dangot Simpkin

-- This is the heart-wrenching tale of our convoluted 10-year quest to have a family, from the serious, and sometimes hilarious side of fertility treatments, through two harrowing international adoptions.

Our journey is filled with so many cliffhangers it reads more like a suspense tale than reality.

As you come along for our wild ride, you will be clutching this book praying we don't get derailed again.

Our story of determination and tenacity will give hope to anyone facing a difficult life journey.

Let my story motivate you to attain your dreams!

📚 Paperback: 188 pages
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Image: Twice-married Adrienne Barbeau is a mother of three children

March 1997 -- Adrienne Barbeau is mostly known for playing in the horror movies and her role as Carol on the 1972 sitcom TV show Maude, alongside Beatrice Arthur.

She was 51 years old when she gave birth to identical twin boys - making her the only woman on the maternity ward who was a member of AARP.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, well-known Broadway and TV director, Billy Van Zandt, with the twins, and her older son, Cody.

Within a year of knowing each other, Adrienne and Billy exchanged their wedding vows on December 31, 1992.

They both wanted children so they started trying to conceive as soon as they were married.

Adrienne was blessed with twin sons Walker Steven and William Dalton Van Zandt who were born on March 17, 1997.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility
by Sally Lewis and Nim Barnes

-- Practical advice and a holistic approach to help you conceive, including simple dietary and lifestyle changes and do it yourself complementary therapies.

In this accessible and informative guide, Sally Lewis explains how age, sexual infections, diet, excess weight, stress, and anxiety affect fertility.

Teaching how to discover the best time for conception; understand the link between body, mind, and fertility; and manage stress and relax to prevent anxiety, this is the ultimate guide to increasing the likelihood of conception at any age.

📚 Paperback: 128 pages
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I can't relate to being an over 50 years old mom, but I'm the daughter of an over 50 mom.

I'm child number seven, arriving when my mom was 55 years old, and her second menopause baby!

Most of our nieces and nephews were older than us, except two were born within eight months of me!

My sisters said what was weird was being pregnant when Mom was, and she didn't go crazy over the grand-kids as much as their in-laws did.

I was so lucky to have my mom for 40 years after my birth.

My older kids loved her sooo much.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility
by Sally Lewis and Nim Barnes

-- Practical advice and a holistic approach to help you conceive, including simple dietary and lifestyle changes and do it yourself complementary therapies.

In this accessible and informative guide, Sally Lewis explains how age, sexual infections, diet, excess weight, stress, and anxiety affect fertility.

Teaching how to discover the best time for conception; understand the link between body, mind, and fertility; and manage stress and relax to prevent anxiety, this is the ultimate guide to increasing the likelihood of conception at any age.

📚 Paperback: 128 pages
Click to order/for more info: 50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility

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Yes, I am 51 years old... and pregnant!

To say it's a shock, is really a minor name for the way I'm feeling.

This is very much an unplanned pregnancy, we were not trying to get pregnant.

Not at all!

To be honest, I really thought my baby making days were behind me.

I did not think it was even possible to get pregnant at my age.

Neither did my doctor!

But then the ultrasound tech found a beautiful baby boy inside me!


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother, | Hardcover: 320 pages | by Judith Newman. Publisher: Miramax (April 21, 2004)
You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother
by Judith Newman

-- Today the number of women having their first child over thirty-five has increased by a bazillion fold or some equally scary large number.

Newman is the first to write a book that tells what it's really like when a trip to the drugstore entails the purchase of both diaper cream and wrinkle cream; when "getting your shots means both immunization and Botox.

You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman is not only about having children later in life: it's about what happens to a marriage—and to the spirit when even the most sought-after baby comes.

Wry, warm, and brutally honest, this is the book for any woman — whatever her age — who has awakened at 3AM to the insistent shrieks of her darling and thought: Oh man, I'm too old for this.

📚 Hardcover: 320 pages
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Women over 40 DO NOT have a higher risk for Down's Syndrome babies.

That statistic is skewed.

The risk is higher for Down's babies with a FIRST pregnancy and since in the last 20 years, a greater majority of women were choosing to put off having babies until in their 40s all of a sudden the instances of Down's babies over the age of 40 increased drastically!

But it wasn't women in general over 40 having babies... it was STILL first pregnancies with the high risk - it just so happened many more of these first pregnancies were occurring over age 40.

Thus the stats changed but were never explained accurately.

I think it is all too easy to think of 1-80 as one in 80%, but it is not.

1-80 translates to 1.25 % for DS, or 98.75% chance of not having Down Syndrome....

Maternal age as a risk factor for occurrence of Down Syndrome

Age...Stats...Percentage DS...Percentage not having Down Syndrome
36....... 1/200.......0.5% DS.............or 99.5%
NOT
37........1/150.......0.666667% DS.....or 99.333333%
NOT
38........1/120.......0.833333% DS....or 99.166667% NOT
39........1/100.......1% DS...................or 99% NOT
40........1/75 ........1.33333% DS........or 98.66667 % NOT
41........1/60........1.66667% DS........or 98.33333 % NOT
42........1/45........2.22222% DS.......or 97.77778 % NOT
43.........1/35 .......2.85714% DS......or 97.14286 % NOT
44.........1/30........3.33333% DS.....or 96.66667 % NOT
45+.......1/20........5% DS ...............or 95% NOT

Source: udaan.org/downsynd/downgene.html
What I get from this is that the chances of having a baby with Down's Syndrome does not go up as drastically as I had originally thought.

The one in whatever numbers makes things look very bad for us.

When I translated them however to percentages, they look a lot better.

We have a better chance of having a baby without Down's Syndrome.

If I had an illness and was told I had a 95% chance of getting better, I would not plan my funeral.

Would you?

Source: Jillian |  FertilityFriend.com


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives
by Kathryn Lynard Soper (Author), Martha Sears (Foreword)

-- Having a baby with Down syndrome is not something most parents would willingly choose. Yet many who travel this path discover rich, unexpected rewards along the way.

In this candid and poignant collection of personal stories, sixty-three mothers describe the gifts of respect, strength, delight, perspective, and love, which their child with Down syndrome has brought into their lives.

The contributors to this collection have diverse personalities and perspectives and draw from a wide spectrum of ethnicity, world views, and religious beliefs. Some are parenting within a traditional family structure; some are not.

Some never considered terminating their pregnancy; some struggled with the decision. Some were calm at the time of diagnosis; some were traumatized. Some write about their pregnancy and the months after giving birth; some reflect on years of experience with their child.

Their diverse experiences point to a common truth: The life of a child with Down syndrome is something to celebrate. These women have something to say--not just to other mothers but to all of us.

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