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Aunt had a baby at 51 - long before DE

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 0 comments

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My 45-year-old friend is happily expecting her first baby, after giving up on fertility treatments.

My husband's first cousin had a baby at 44 years old, and another baby at 45 years old - which was a surprise.

They thought she was too old to get pregnant, so they didn't use birth control - and voila!

My father told me about his own aunt who had a baby at 51 years old in Italy.

This was a long time ago as my father is 80 years old.

So there was no chance in h*ll that it was donor egg.

The fact is, before birth control and things like tubal ligation, women routinely gave birth into their 40s and no one batted an eye.

The birth rate for women in their 40s went down as soon as birth control became available.
There is a direct correlation.

What is different now is women are having their first child in their 40s, whereas long ago they would be having their 10th.

That is the only difference.

But from what I've read there is no difference in the fertility among women who have versus women who have not had children before.

I think the reason people make such a big deal about age now is that there was such a long period of time when the birth rate for women in their 40s was low - because that was their choice.

So people were no longer used to the idea anymore.

Then you have the RE's [reproductive endocrinologist] beating us down with their statistics too.

A long time ago women didn't worry or think about statistics - they were too busy having babies!

Image: First Time Mothers, Last Chance Babies: Parenting at 35+, by Madelyn Cain. Publisher: New Horizon Press (February 25, 1994)
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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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