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Number of babies born to mothers over 40 has DOUBLED in a decade

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, June 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Older mums boom: Over 26,000 babies were born to women over 40 last yearUK - The number of babies born to mothers over the age of 40 has more than doubled since 1997, new figures showed today.

More than 26,000 older women gave birth last year, up from under 13,000 in the year Labour came to power.

Numbers of older mothers have shot up in recent years as greater numbers of well-educated women have chosen to spend their 20s and 30s pursuing careers rather than building families.

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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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