Most births to women over 40 are without DE

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, September 18, 2011 | 1 comments

Most births to women over 40 are without using DE [donor egg], contrary to what the media is telling us. Of all live births in the United States during 2001-2003 (average), 10.8% were to women under the age of 20, 51.7% were to women ages 20-29, 35.0% were to women ages 30-39, and 2.5% were to women ages 40 and older.


So if in 2003 there were 4,089,950 live births, then 2.5% makes 102,249 babies born to women over 40. With just 5,769 DE births in 2003, that leaves 96,480 births who were conceived without DE.

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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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  1. Anonymous says:

    I had conceived my son at 41 and gave birth right before my 42nd birthday naturally. At 52 I found out this past January I was pregnant again unfortunately it was a Partial Molar pregnancy very rare which the fetus is not formed and is over come by the Placenta. But when I had told a few family and friends that I was pregnant they kept saying you can't be pregnant did you have an IVF. I told them I conceived naturally my periods are still full on and always regular. I don't know why people are so quick to be negative. Anyway I'm writing this because I think I am pregnant again still 52yrs old. Let's see what God has in store for me, if I have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby I will truly blessed.

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