Pamela Laycock, 50, had her son Toby at the age of 45.
As a teenager, Ms Laycock assumed motherhood would begin in her early 20s - that she would meet someone at 21, marry soon and be a twenty-something mother.
But now, Ms Laycock, 50, a successful career woman, doesn't regret not having her first child until she was 45:
"I think being an older mum certainly means you've got more experience to draw on. You've probably got all those things out of your system - like traveling. If someone had told me at the age of 15 or 16 that that wasn't going to be the case, I would have been absolutely mortified. But in hindsight I'm very pleased it turned out the way it did."
Ms Laycock and Derek, 48, her partner of 16 years, had son Toby, six last Sunday, through IVF. Despite spending some £14,000 on treatment, she was delighted when it was successful after two attempts.
"I probably have more energy than most, but I made a conscious decision that, after the age of 45, I would have given up trying."
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