NCHS start recording actual age of pregnant women 50-54

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, April 09, 2007 | 0 comments

Previously, the reported age of women was truncated and documented as 49 on US public-access national natality files if they were 50 years old or older.

The decision of the National Centre for Health Statistics in 1997 to start recording on vital record files the actual age of pregnant women aged 50-54 years provided a unique opportunity to examine the magnitude of fetal morbidity and mortality in this age group of mothers.

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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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