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Between ages 40-48, she gave birth to 5 healthy children

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 08, 2007 | 0 comments

I coped with my loss well, sustained by a positive attitude -- until a month later when a relative (who is a recent medical school graduate) blurted: "You're crazy! It's nearly impossible for someone over 42 to conceive and successfully carry to term."

Devastated, but determined to prove her wrong, I became a mid-life pregnancy success-story junkie -- the most dramatic story being that of an acquaintance's mother who between ages 40-48 gave birth to five healthy children. I signed onto the Internet newsgroup, alt.infertility, and received numerous supportive messages, such as one from a woman outraged by my relative’s declaration.

Her grandmother had had a baby by accident at age 45, and she herself knew "scads" of women over 40 having babies.


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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 that 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 that there will be no more babies in our house.

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