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The costs of older motherhood

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 09, 2012 | 0 comments

Julie Morris, 59, with her daughter Maggie Fisher, 18. Morris's husband died when Maggie was 14. I can look back and say my mom did a really good job – and I can do a good job too.Some older mothers call it “midnight math” – the calculations they make while tossing and turning in the dark, figuring out how old they will be when their kids go on first dates, graduate from college or have their own children.

Julie Morris says while her pregnancy at 41 was a blessing, it also came as a shock. Fisher was 71 and retired, with two grown sons from a previous marriage.

The double standard surrounding older parenthood was quickly apparent: “Everybody congratulated Jim for being such a great old guy and looked at me like, ‘How did you let this happen?’”

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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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