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Oldest mother giving birth was 56

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, February 22, 2008 | 0 comments

In recent years (1994-1996), an increasing proportion of all mothers giving birth in Australia are aged 40 or more. In 1996, there were 5,145 (2.1%) mothers in this age group. There were 155 (0.06%) mothers aged 45-49 years and 11 aged 50 or more.

In 1994-95, 1 in 25 (3.9%) of all births to mothers aged 40 or more followed assisted conception, increasing from 1 in 27 (3.7%) at 40-44 years to 1 in 12 (8.3%) at 45 or more.

After assisted conception, 55.4% of 1,084 pregnancies to women aged 40-44 years resulted in live births. Among 54 women aged 45 and over, 44.6% of their pregnancies resulted in live births.

After assisted conception in Australia, the oldest mother giving birth was 56; the oldest mother of twins was 48; and the previous oldest mother of triplets was 43 years



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