# of births between 40 & 44 increased by 50%

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, August 24, 2007 | 2 comments

Are there more older mothers?

Birth statistics over the past twenty years show a huge swing in favour of delaying parenthood till our thirties and beyond. In 1998, the last year for which figures are available, 44% of births were to women over 30. The number of births to women between 40 and 44 has also increased by 50% over the decade.

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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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2 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    It would be great if someone could post statistics on how many of those births were the result of donor eggs, in order (a) to remove the stigma and/or desire to keep DE a secret, (b) to give people more motivation to protect their fertility from an early age, and (c) to provide motivation for improving the options for women over 40. (If the vast majority of these births were DE, then I think people would start clamoring for more research on biological baby options for women over 40!)

  2. Catherine says:

    Thanks so much for your thoughts, they are important concerns.

    I think every birth is a blessing and a joy, no matter how the baby comes to a family. DE is a wonderful option, and brings longed-for babies to many families. For some women, DE is their best option.

    However, most of the stories listed here are unassisted, often surprise pregnancies.

    The most current statistics are quoted on every page of the blog. It was taken from the CDC Statistics.

    This is the quote: "In 2005, there were more than 104,000 births in the United States to women ages 40 through 44, and over 6,500 to women 45 and older. In 2004, there were 1,786 live births to women over 42, using donor eggs."

    According to this, even if all 1,786 DE births were to women over 45 (the stats are for over 42), that would still leave 4,714 unassisted births to women over 45.

    Therefore, the "vast majority" was unassisted, even over 45.

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