Grace was born at 42, Isabella at 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Image: Play Mates. Photo credit: Jeff Osborn on FreeImages.comWe conceived reasonably easily and have two healthy noisy girls.

We never tried to get pregnant earlier, but we had to reverse a vasectomy - which took a while.

My first daughter, Grace, was born when I was 42 years old, and I was 45 years old at Isabella’s birth.

I had one very early Miscarriage between the girls, and had all the tests to confirm they were indeed perfect babies.

Good luck! My husband just turned 50 years old, and I am 46 years old.
-- Cathy

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-- After seven years of tests and more tests, treatments and more treatments, Elizabeth Swire-Falker understands what it means to struggle with infertility.

People often ask me why I decided to write this book and why I chose to be so honest and straight-forward about what it's like to be infertile. The answer is simple: I was confused by the information I found on infertility treatment and I felt tremendously isolated and alone.

I was walking to my car after an acupuncture session one day and I was angry (why me?), frustrated (for every step forward it seemed we were taking two steps backward), confused (was the acupuncture really a waste of time and money?). But most of all I was scared – was I ever going to have the baby I dreamed of and longed for?

I wandered into a bookstore hoping to find the one book that could help me deal with my pain and confusion. Book after book was written by physicians who seemed to know nothing about what infertility was like for the patient (clearly these men had all impregnated their wives on the first try).

They may have explained what a Hysterosalpinogram involved, but none of the books told me how absolutely horrific it was to live through or why it's so important to have it done.

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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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