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Dangers of pregnancy for 40+ women greatly exaggerated

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, August 31, 2007 | 0 comments

From Monday, Sep. 28, 1959

The dangers of pregnancy for women over 40 have been greatly exaggerated, says Obstetrician Albert L. Higdon of Teaneck, N.J. Before a Canadian meeting of obstetricians and gynecologists, he reported that studies of 21,000 mothers indicate that childbirth presents only slightly greater risks to a woman of 40 than to one of 20. The older women bore only a slightly higher percentage of Mongoloid children, suffered no more difficult deliveries, had an average mortality rate.


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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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