Twenty years ago, the notion of starting a family in one’s fifth decade raised eyebrows. Today, as a result of changing lifestyles and fertility technology, it’s not unusual.
As Toronto midwife Jennifer Goldberg puts it, 40 is the new 35.
Over the last 17 years, Goldberg has attended home births and hospital deliveries for an increasingly older clientele. She also had her own first child at 38 and the second at 41.
The trend is not surprising, says Goldberg. Women spend more time getting careers established these days. But when they do become pregnant at a later age, Goldberg finds, they are fully committed. “There are no feelings of ambiguity.”
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