Expecting Parents

More Women Over 45 Having Babies

The number of British women giving birth aged over 45 has doubled within a decade, official figures show. Yesterday we reported on lady from Barcelona who gave birth to twins at 67.

Experts believe it reflects a growing trend for young women to want a career before starting a family.

Advances in fertility treatment have also allowed more women to prolong the childbearing years.

However experts warned women against being lulled into a false sense of security and waiting until their forties to conceive.

They warned while some women do give birth at this age, many will suffer heartbreak if they then find they are no longer able to have children.

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in 2005 1,091women gave birth over the age of 45 compared to just 540 in 1995.

Overall, the number of women having babies in their forties rose to 22,246 in 2005 compared to 11,319 a decade earlier.

Among those who have given birth in their forties are Cherie Blair, who had her fourth child Leo when she was 45, and Madonna who had Rocco at the age of 41.

Actress Emma Thompson had her daughter Gaia when she was 40, following IVF treatment, however attempts to have a second child have failed.

A woman’s chance of falling pregnant drop as she ages and even if she does conceive, she faces a higher risk of miscarriage, birth defects and labour complications.Medically speaking the best time to have your baby is between the ages of 21 and 25, and the chances of complications are increased if you leave it until late in life,’ he said.

‘But I don’t think older mothers place any burden on society – 40-year-olds are much fitter and are more likely to be able to afford the cost of parenting,’ Dr Peter Bowen-Simpkins from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Californian scientists recently concluded that women who give birth in their fifties make just as good mothers as those who give birth much earlier in life.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual conference last year heard how a study showed they were no more likely to be physically or emotionally stressed than younger mothers.

I read an article a couple months ago stating that because women were waiting longer to have children, they were more financially stable. This has increased the market for luxury baby items because these moms have more money to spend on their babies.


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Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of GrowingYourBaby.com and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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