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I had my daughter at 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, June 16, 2012 | 2 comments

My two favourite girls one sunny afternoon. Stock Photo credit: Damascus01
I am also trying to conceive #2.

I had my daughter at 45 (natural conception) and, even though I know the statistics aren't great at my age, I am trying to conceive again at the age of 47.

I miscarried in August of 2005 when I was 46. No BFP [big fat positive - pregnancy test] since then.

I'm taking supplements and Chinese herbs, and doing accu-pressure on my own.

My daughter is now almost 2 1/2, and she is such a great little person!

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Conquering In-fertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with In-fertility, by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly. Publisher: Penguin Books (February 24, 2004)Conquering In-fertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with In-fertility
by Alice D. Domar and Alice Lesch Kelly

-- In-fertility is a heartbreaking condition that affects nine million American couples each year. 

It causes tremendous stress, can trigger debilitating sadness and depression, and can tear a marriage to shreds.

In Conquering In-fertility, Harvard psychologist Alice Domar—whom Vogue calls the “Fertility Goddess”—provides infertile couples with what they need most: stress relief, support, and hope. 

Using the innovative mind/body techniques she has perfected at her clinic, Domar helps infertile women not only regain control over their lives but also boost their chances of becoming pregnant. 

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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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  1. Luke says:

    Oh no. My reaction on reading this webpage is comparable to that I would have if I'd run across a site focusing on father-genetic daughter incest resulting in conceiving and bearing offspring resulting from that sex. Women intentionally bearing children (using their own ova) as late in life as the posters above is IMO comparably irresponsible, even child abuse.

    To elaborate: around age 34, there is a phenomenon in women that kicks in with the result that there is very close to an even trade-off with advancing age of genetic mothers resulting in comparable reduction in life expectancy and vitality for daughters. That is, a mother who conceives at 41 has cost any daughters she bears close to 10% of their life and health (41-34=7, life expectancy mid-70s normally). For a mother age 49, it's about a FIFTH of her daughter's life and health stolen. This is universal, can't be stopped by genetic screening, and hits daughters all through life, not just keeling over at 60 instead of 75 with all else the same til then. Genetic mothers should conceive in their 20s or use donor eggs that are.

    I'm a man who sired twin girls at age 49 last year with a genetic mother aged 23, 24-YO gestational surrogate. My wife is near my age.
    Men and women aren't the same; highly convenient for women in wartime or divorce court, not so nice in family-making. If you don't like it, take it up with God.

  2. Luke says:

    I'm genuinely impressed with the open-mindedness of the site moderators to have published my previous comment, which hardly fit the party line of this forum.

    Oh, and that maternal age vs. daughter prospects for health and long life was confirmed by our fertility doctor, who has every professional award any patients could hope for.

    As a small token to show respect, I will take the time to share one more bit of information here. I strongly recommend the book about women having children by Sylvia Ann Hewlett "Creating A Life". It's best read during one's twenties or early thirties, though.

Don't just sit there, reading this story or article - say something! Do you believe it? Do you think it is impossible? Do you wish it was you? Do you have a story to share (it might get published!)

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