Lorene Walters gave birth at 44

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, August 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Image: Older and Pregnant | Asbury Park PressThe 44-year-old mom, Lorene Walters of Keyport smiles often, especially when talking about her family.

With the addition of daughter Brooklynn Marie, she smiles even more.

She's just beautiful! Walters says.

But Walters' love of family didn't stop her from feeling a bit nervous when first learning she was pregnant.

It wasn't the unplanned pregnancy that made her a tad anxious but her age: Walters is 44 years old.

I was scared at first because my son, Greg, is 21, and just the thought of starting over... sometimes I think of how old I'll be when she's 20.

Greg's first words to me were: Mom! What are you, crazy? she says, then laughs.

Still, she and her fiance, Steve Rinck, 39, were thrilled.

Walters, a clerk for the state Motor Vehicle Commission, met Rinck, who is divorced, after her husband died of liver cancer. It was meant to be.

Starting over brings bliss and anxiety, she says of the baby, whom they call Brooke.

Her extended family including Greg, her parents and grandparents, and Rinck's daughters, Stephanie, 15, and Tiffany, 12 - who couldn't wait for Brooke to be born.

Because of her age, Walters' doctor sent her to the Monmouth Medical Group in Long Branch doctors who specialize in high-risk pregnancies and maternal-fetal medicine and they monitored the baby's growth.

Knowing as an older woman she had a greater chance of having a Down syndrome baby, she had amniocentesis done.

I didn't want to go nine months, worrying.

She admits, too, that she was more tired during this pregnancy than during her pregnancy with Greg, something she attributes to her age.

Still, when it comes to older women getting pregnant, Walters says she'd advise it if they have a support system in place, like she does with her family.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on Asbury Park Press
Read more: Older and Pregnant
Originally posted on April 25, 2006.


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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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