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Good news for expectant women 45 years or older

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, December 13, 2006 | 0 comments

Australian researchers have good news for expectant women of very advanced maternal age — that is, 45 years or older. They studied the outcomes of pregnancies progressing beyond 20 weeks' gestation in 76 women of advanced maternal age seen over a 10-year period at Brisbane’s two major tertiary obstetric units.

About four in five of the pregnancies in the older women had been conceived naturally. Although the rate of caesarean section was higher in older women than younger women aged 20 to 29 years (49% v 23%), the maternal and neonatal outcomes were generally as good in the older group.

The researchers said their study was reassuring for older women who are healthy and who have a chromosomally normal fetus.


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