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I heard about somebody who gave birth to twins when she was 49 years old.

My OB/GYN said pregnancy was possible until approximately 50 years old, depending on the person.

I guess it does not happen a lot, because most people of that age don't want babies anymore.

But, if they would try, there might be more.

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Image: Acupuncture and IVF: Increase IVF Success by 40-60%, by Lifang Liang. Publisher: Blue Poppy Press (August 2003)
Acupuncture and IVF: Increase IVF Success by 40-60%
by Lifang Liang

-- The information in this book can increase your success rate with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) by as much as 60%.

Research has shown that acupuncture alone can increase the success rate of IVF by 35%.

By also adding Chinese herbal medicine, it is Dr. Lifang Liangs experience that you can almost double that increase.

In this book, Dr. Liang describes her extremely successful step-by-step protocols for combining acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with IVF.

Whether you are a Western MD specializing in infertility, a Chinese medical practitioner, or a couple experiencing difficulties in conceiving, this book is sure to give you new hope and a new approach to dealing with this all too common and difficult condition.

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My 45-year-old friend is happily expecting her first baby, after giving up on fertility treatments.

My husband's first cousin had a baby at 44 years old, and another baby at 45 years old - which was a surprise.

They thought she was too old to get pregnant, so they didn't use birth control - and voila!

My father told me about his own aunt who had a baby at 51 years old in Italy.

This was a long time ago as my father is 80 years old.

So there was no chance in h*ll that it was donor egg.

The fact is, before birth control and things like tubal ligation, women routinely gave birth into their 40s and no one batted an eye.

The birth rate for women in their 40s went down as soon as birth control became available.
There is a direct correlation.

What is different now is women are having their first child in their 40s, whereas long ago they would be having their 10th.

That is the only difference.

But from what I've read there is no difference in the fertility among women who have versus women who have not had children before.

I think the reason people make such a big deal about age now is that there was such a long period of time when the birth rate for women in their 40s was low - because that was their choice.

So people were no longer used to the idea anymore.

Then you have the RE's [reproductive endocrinologist] beating us down with their statistics too.

A long time ago women didn't worry or think about statistics - they were too busy having babies!


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Image: First Time Mothers, Last Chance Babies: Parenting at 35+, by Madelyn Cain. Publisher: New Horizon Press (February 25, 1994)First Time Mothers, Last Chance Babies: Parenting at 35+
by Madelyn Cain

-- Advice and comfort for baby boomer mothers.

First-Time Mothers, Last-Chance Babies takes an extremely thoughtful look at a subject that is ignored in our society.

Her carefully written and researched book reveals the truth about the difficulty, and the rewards, of parenting later in life.

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Right now, on another fertility forum, there are currently about sixteen women who are pregnant and over 40 years old.

Of those women, one woman is 44 years old - pregnant with IVF [in vitro fertilization], but with her own eggs.

She will be 45 years old when she delivers her baby.

Four of the women are 45 years old - all natural pregnancies.

Two of those women with their first pregnancy ever!

One woman is 47 years old.

These pregnancies are ALL with their own eggs.


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Image: Eat, Love, Get Pregnant: A Couple's Guide To Boosting Fertility and Having A Healthy Baby, by Karen Daniels. Publication Date: July 29, 2011
Eat, Love, Get Pregnant: A Couple's Guide To Boosting Fertility and Having A Healthy Baby
by Karen Daniels

-- A breakthrough revolutionary plan for getting pregnant fast, solving common fertility problems and having a healthy baby – this is NOT your average book on getting pregnant!

Renowned fertility expert Dr. Niels Lauersen and women’s wellness expert Colette Bouchez help readers take charge of their fertility with a revolutionary new self-help plan designed to show couples how to work together to boost their conception odds, plan for a healthy pregnancy, and get pregnant faster – all without the use of expensive fertility treatments or medications.

Based on scientific research and tested on thousands of couples Eat-Love- GET PREGNANT is a simple yet revolutionary plan that provides the quintessential missing link absent from most other fertility programs – namely, the importance of not only boosting both male and female fertility simultaneously, but bold new evidence showing how, when couples work together in certain special and unique ways, they can create a unified fertility power boost strong enough to take them from infertile to fertile in as little as three months

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North West Kent Family History Society

Volume 6, Issue Number 10

Date: July 1994

Pages: 336-37

Author: Doris Pullen

Title: My Grandmother had a Baby at 51

- Detail: BANKS of London etc, 19c [1½ pp]

Source: North West Kent Family History Society Journal

Read past journals: North West Kent Family History Quarterly and Back Journals


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Image: The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, 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.

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If you have not yet gone into menopause, yes, it is possible that you can get pregnant.

I was working at a pregnancy center and we had a client who was 57 years old.

She came into our office - already pregnant.

She was not trying to get pregnant - it was an Oops!


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Image: Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility, by Marlo Schalesky. Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2001)Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility
by Marlo Schalesky

-- Contains frank and emotionally resonate stories from both men and women facing the struggle of infertility.

Mother's Day is not a joyful occasion for all women, particularly those who would like to have children but cannot.

Marlo Schalesky's Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling with Infertility does for Christian women what Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin's Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss did for Jewish women: provide comfort and camaraderie in the face of infertility and pregnancy loss.

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Hey -- let me tell you, my brother in law's mother had him -- her last child -- when she was 52 years old!!

And it is not as unusual these days for us older moms to start having our babies, or our last child in our forties.

Good luck to you, and go with your heart.

-- Kim


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Image: When You're Not Expecting: An Infertility Survival Guide, by Constance Hoenk Shapiro. Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 16, 2010)When You're Not Expecting:
An Infertility Survival Guide
by Constance Hoenk Shapiro

-- Surviving the challenges of infertility

Often enduring years of heartache, couples with infertility number over 7.3 million. Enduring the daunting difficulties of treatment is something few women are prepared for.

Based on the personal stories of 200 women determined to overcome infertility, this surprisingly upbeat survivors' guide gives the kind of hard-won wisdom essential to making it through the process.

Not only does the book detail coping strategies, but it also presents tips for strengthening stressed relationships and addresses the unique needs of single women and lesbians.

An essential guide for women and couples, friends and family, and health care providers and therapists, this book offers the solace and strength needed to prevail even after years of struggle.

Written by a therapist, consultant, and public speaker dedicated to the study of infertility and its emotional impact.

For any woman or couple who feel as if they're facing infertility alone, When You're Not Expecting is a must-have book.

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Last year I read a study that said moms who had any children after age 33 were on average, very long-lived.

Women Who Have Babies After 33 Live Longer, Study Says
...it wasn't a small difference; women who had their last child after the age of 33 doubled their chances of living to age 95 or older compared with women whose last child was born before their 30th birthday.

It made sense to me because my grandmother had three of her kids over the age of 40, and she lived till she was 97 years old.


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Image: The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility, by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer. Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Revised Edition edition (March 13, 1998)The Long-Awaited Stork: A Guide to Parenting After Infertility
by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer

-- Parents who have wondered about the long term impact of infertility on their self-image will find the answers in this insightful book by Lois Melina, author of Raising Adopted Children and Making Sense of Adoption.

Finally, here's a book that's sensitive and responsive to the unique emotional experience of parenting after a long, arduous course of infertility diagnosis and treatment.

The Long-Awaited Stork gives you all the information, advice, and support you need to adjust to and cope with the special problems of parenting after infertility.

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Our neighbor has a colleague at work who is pregnant for the second time at 49 years old.

Her first child, she had when she was 47 years old.

We recently ran into another couple who had conceived for the first time without any medical help, when she was 46 years old.



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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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Can I just add in an e-mail I received, from a woman named Suzanne...

Who was shocked to find herself pregnant at the age of 48 years old!

She is already the mother of five children, her oldest child was 28 years old!

So it was definitely a shock!


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Image: Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility, by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly. Publisher: Penguin Books (February 24, 2004)Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility
by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly

-- Infertility is a heartbreaking condition that affects nine million American couples each year. It causes tremendous stress, can trigger debilitating sadness and depression and can tear a marriage to shreds.

In Conquering Infertility, Harvard psychologist Alice Domar — whom Vogue calls the Fertility Goddess — provides infertile couples with what they need most: stress relief, support, and hope.

Using the innovative mind/body techniques she has perfected at her clinic, Domar helps infertile women not only regain control over their lives but also boost their chances of becoming pregnant.

With Conquering Infertility, women learn how to cope with infertility in a much more positive way and to carve a path toward a rich, full, happy life.

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