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Is your age a problem - or is somebody else's attitude the problem?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, September 01, 2017 | 0 comments

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If your pregnancy is otherwise uncomplicated, does just being an older mom put you at risk for complications at birth? Some would tell you that it does, but how much is simply the doctor's attitude against older women in general? How much is caused by the doctor's interference during labour?

Yes, there CAN be increased risks due to your age and health status. But plenty of older moms have complication-free births, even with first babies. It is not up to anybody else to decide if she should be allowed to have a a child at her advanced age.

From Home Birth Reference Site:

Where there are no tangible medical complications of pregnancy, the risks of childbirth in older women are no greater than in younger women
- Editorial, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
Volume 108, Issue 9, September 2001
Our fears concerning increasing maternal age in pregnancy arose from unsophisticated surveys conducted many years ago which showed an apparent increase in risk; these surveys did not have the capacity to adjust adequately for confounding variables. Yet the teaching is handed down, that older women are at a higher risk in pregnancy and childbirth.

- Editor's Choice, by John M Grant
British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 108, Issue 9, September 2001


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Hannah's Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss, by Jennifer Saake. Published: NavPress (February 1, 2014)-Hannah's Hope: Seeking God's Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss
by Jennifer Saake
-- Hannah's heart beat with a mother's love long before she was blessed with a child.

Through the years of waiting and longing, her gentle heart was nearly crushed under the weight of grief.

You can meet Hannah in the pages of 1 Samuel, chapters 1 and 2.

The Bible says she was "barren," and we know she suffered heartache, anguish, and grief because of her empty arms. Perhaps you do too.  

Hannah's Hope is for all who long for a child yet to be conceived, grieve for a baby too soon passed from the womb, or have lived through the no-man's-land of failed adoption.

It is intended as a guide to assist you in making wise decisions as you struggle through your grief. And by the end of the journey, God may surprise you by the ways He uses to answer your heart's cry.

Compassionately written by a woman who knows well these painful struggles, Hannah's Hope will direct you to the Source of strength, whose name is "the God of all comfort."

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Catherine

About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
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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