Image: Mama and Baby at the Park, by timkraaijvanger on Pixabay
If you've read my other posts recently, I spoke about a friend who delivers babies on an Indian reservation.

She has lots of 40- and 50- something patients, who definitely are not doing DE [donor egg]!

There are also women in religious communities of all kinds (Catholic, Jewish Orthodox, Hutterite) who defy the bio-clock statistics.

They just keep having babies until they can't anymore, because they choose not to use contraception.

They also aren't doing donor egg.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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 in 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 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 that 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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Photo Credit: Mother and child, by Bobby Nick
I am 54 and have a 24 year old daughter, a 21 year old son, and a 9 year daughter... she was a BIG surprise!

While having a child later in life is difficult, I believe it's particularly challenging when you've already raised other children.

When the "surprise" baby comes along, you are not the same person/mother you were when the older ones were young and it's not easy to "go backwards".

Yes, in many ways, it is wonderful to have this surprise child but I would love to hear from other moms in similar situations.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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 in 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 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 that 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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Image: Big and little hands, by Niels Timmer on freeimages

I have a maternal great grandmother and a fraternal grandmother who both had children at 46 years old.

So I can't really rely on my age to protect me.

But I do have a good friend whose egg quality at 35 was questionable.

Fortunately, with assistance, she got her second child.

Photo Credit: Big and little hands, by Niels Timmer


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Image: Fertility Facts, by Conceive Magazine Editors. Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2008)Fertility Facts
by Conceive Magazine Editors

-- The ultimate compendium of pre-pregnancy advice, essential not only for the one in six couples struggling with fertility challenges, but also for anyone starting a family.

This chunky volume offers hundreds of ways, sourced from doctors and the latest research by the experts at Conceive Magazine, for women to conceive faster.

Each page offers a new and often surprising tip: women should avoid taking ibuprofen, while men looking to increase sperm count should double up on pumpkin seeds!

With this highly accessible reference in hand, readers will be one step closer to parenthood.

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That moment between a mother and daughter, by jamocha76
I am just 50 and I have a son in college and a daughter in first grade.

I was married for 21 years, and have been single and reinventing for the past 6 years.

I am looking forward to seeing and hearing what all you other 50+ folks are up to.

I am in a college town, and feel pretty old around here most of the time.

I am too old to be cool - but too young to be finished.


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Image: Surviving In-vitro Fertilization: IVF Stories and Inspiration from the Women who have been there, by Karen Daniels. Publisher: CreateSpace (July 29, 2011)Surviving In-vitro Fertilization: IVF Stories and Inspiration from the Women who have been there
by Karen Daniels

-- True IVF stories and inspiration from the women who have been there. In-vitro fertilization is not a journey you need to take alone.

The women in this book who share their stories, thoughts, and lessons learned, have been in the IVF trenches - some for long periods of time.

We call them the IVF veterans.

They've struggled, cried, laughed, and inspired.

Let their experience guide you through the process and use their knowledge and tips as a beacon of insight for your own journey.

In-vitro fertilization is, on your best days, a journey that empowers you toward your ultimate goal of being a mom.

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Photo credit: Sleeping, by Adrian Canada on FreeImage
Hello all... my name is Hannah.

I'm 52 years old, and currently expecting my fourth child.

I have a 26 year old son, who has a one year old (so I'm a Grandma), and a 19 year old, and a 10 year old.

I am in my 28th week of pregnancy, and I should be due around the 10th of February.

I was very surprised to find out about my pregnancy.

When I had my third, I didn't think I would ever become pregnant again!

When this baby is born, I will be 53 years old.


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Image: You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally II: Overcoming infertility and recurrent miscarriage in your late 30s and 40s naturally , by Sandy Robertson (Author). Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (May 14, 2015)You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally II: Overcoming infertility and recurrent loss in your late 30s and 40s naturally
by Sandy Robertson

-- After years of infertility and failed fertility treatments, Sandy Robertson developed an all-natural pregnancy protocol leading to the birth of her daughter at the age of 44.

In this new expanded edition, she shares her research including over 100 references.

She explains how she:
- Overcame recurrent miscarriage
- Conceived multiple times of the age of 40 with one Fallopian tube
- Balanced hormones
- Increased pelvic circulation

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Photo credit: Nicky having fun, by Mighty June
This will be my first baby - at 45 years old.

I was five days late, and thought it was the onset of menopause. I was pretty upset about it.

I had an old pregnancy test, and got two lines on the results.

Well, I didn't have the instructions, so I wasn't sure if I was pregnant.

Found another test... it was positive, but expired.

Then I bought two more tests, they were both positive.

I have a doctor appointment on the sixth of next month, as I'm high risk.

I am concerned because I had a miscarriage when I was 40 years old, at 10 weeks.

I was just going to make an appointment for fertility testing, so I was pretty surprised when the tests came up positive.

I just can't bear thinking about another miscarriage.

My boyfriend isn't thrilled that I'm pregnant either.

I am trying to be positive, but I've only told my sister so far.

I told everyone last time, and it was really hard when I had the miscarriage.

I'm praying and hoping for the best.

I think this is my last chance.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertile Female: How the Power of Longing for a Child Can Save Your Life and Change the World, by Julia Indichova. Publisher: Adell Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2007)The Fertile Female: How the Power of Longing for a Child Can Save Your Life and Change the World
by Julia Indichova

-- Written by an author whose expertise grew from an extensive counseling practice as well as personal experience.

The Fertile Female offers a hope-filled view of reproductive difficulties, with a deeper understanding of the often-confusing messages of mind-body and alternative medicine.

With an engaging mix of passion and humor the book initiates a public debate on the politics of infertility and its effect on our health care system.

Includes practice exercises and a section on dietary recommendations, complete with recipes.

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Photo credit: Sweet Dreams, by Lonnie Bradley
Ladies, thought I'd share at this board...

I was in grocery store last month and at the coffee counter I can't help overhearing this woman (not a young woman at all) going on and on about baby this, baby that, we'll need this, we have that...

I start looking at her and really can't tell at all if she is pregnant. or newly pregnant. or what?!

She is gabbing to a friend quite loudly and saying stuff like, with our history, etc. and I start worrying for her - thinking oh no, she is newly pregnant with some treatment and she is feeling so confident... what if something doesn't go right - you know what I mean, just sort of wondering at her situation.

Well I get up to the counter and the lady serving the counter says to me, Quite a surprise for her...she used to work here and just found out she's 7 months pregnant!

I'm totally shocked and the lady goes on to tell me the rest - her and her husband tried for over 10 years and decided to give up, then she starts having these twisty feelings in her stomach, going thru her change of life she figures, goes and gets an ultrasound done and she is actually nearly 7 mos. pregnant!

Can you believe this!! ?? 

Well I nearly didn't, but on my way out, the pregnant lady comes walking in with her ultrasound pictures and I just have to stop and say something... so I do, she ends up showing me these pictures of a perfectly formed baby in the ultrasound and truly about 6 3/4 months pregnant!!

I say to her, Did you really not know you were pregnant? and she says, No, I've never been pregnant, didn't know what it would feel like, I've never been a slim person so didn't notice any extra weight going on either!!! she says, I wouldn't believed it myself if the ultrasound tech hadn't shown me the screen and these pictures!

Isn't this an AMAZING STORY!! Here she must of been in her late or mid-40's to be thinking she was going into the change of life and now she is sanding down a dresser set and gathering baby gear!!

God is Amazing and that story and happening has been a little boost for me over the course of the summer as my husband and I struggle along trying to conceive #2....


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Image: Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy, by Ophelia Austin-Small. Publisher: Calla Lilly Press / Lulu.com; 2 edition (December 27, 2007)-Surprise Motherhood: A Guide to Unexpected Adult Pregnancy
by Ophelia Austin-Small

-- Pregnancy books on the market have one of two audiences - the teen with an unplanned pregnancy or the adult with a planned and chosen one.

Nowhere is there a book for the almost 3 million adult women facing surprise pregnancy every year.

Surprise Motherhood is aimed directly at that gap, telling the stories of Ophelia and other women who have faced unplanned pregnancy as adult, professional women.

With extensive information about options, paternity, career issues, postpartum depression, finances, and more, Surprise Motherhood is the only reference of its kind, and is sure to be an invaluable reader resource.

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Photo credit: Katia's feet, by Fran Gambin
Last night on the Discovery Health channel, they had a lady on the Special Delivery TV show that was 47 years old.

She hadn't had a period in 2 years.

She had never been pregnant.

She never had morning sickness or any of the other pregnancy symptoms.

She had just found out in August that she was pregnant.

Just goes to show you that miracles happen on a daily basis.


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Image: Green Tea in the Woman's World - Green Tea and Fertility, by Vida C. Marcele. Publication Date: February 22, 2012Green Tea in the Woman's World - Green Tea and Fertility
by Vida C. Marcele

-- Water is the number one drink in the world, but tea is the second most popular. At the rate that green tea is going, it may become the most often drunk of all the teas.

The antioxidants that green tea provides have helped increase the popularity of green tea in North America and around the world.

New studies of the medicinal benefits of green tea and a focus in American society on being healthier and fighting obesity has led to a surge in popularity of green tea.

In addition, the aging baby boomers are focusing on being healthy later in life and looking for ways to prevent common health problems like heart disease and cancer.

Today the question is: what is green tea's role in the woman's world? What does green tea do for fertility levels?

Should a pregnant woman drink more green tea in order to be healthier during the term of the pregnancy? What about when she is breastfeeding?

Length: 17 pages

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Image: Cheryl Lindsey-Seelhoff of Gentle Spirit magazine fame, mom to 11 children
Cheryl Lindsey-Seelhoff of Gentle Spirit magazine fame, had her youngest when she was 46 years old.

[All things home, all things natural, all things neighborly - a monthly magazine for homeschoolers, homesteaders, and other neighborly folks]

Both her husband, Rick, and Cheryl are almost 50 years old.

Cheryl is mom to eleven children, including Magdalene, 14 months, and Solomon, 4 years old.

She is also stepmother to four, grandmother to nine, and she has lots to say about mothering, grandmothering, homeschooling, and parenting.

Seven of her children, one year old through 16, are still at home all of the time, and all are unschooled.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems, by Daniel A. Potter and Jennifer S. Hanin. Publisher: Da Capo Press (June 7, 2005)What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems
by Daniel A. Potter and Jennifer S. Hanin

-- Infertility can be a couple's biggest nightmare, and for many of them, technology is the only place to turn for a chance at successfully conceiving their own child.

In What to Do When You Can't Get Pregnant, world-renowned fertility expert Dr. Daniel A. Potter and Jennifer S. Hanin—a journalist who conceived twin girls through in vitro fertilization — walk readers step-by-step through the intricate process of having a baby using the latest technologies, sharing insider information on all possible procedures, how to choose the right doctor, what questions to ask, and how to live a healthy "fertile" lifestyle to increase the chances of success.

For the first time, readers will have access to detailed information on the very latest scientific advances in the field, including pre-screening for genetic diseases, gender-choosing, and pre-selecting desirable traits for children.

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