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110,600 babies born to women over 40

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, April 22, 2013 | 0 comments

Baby Portrait, by Vera Kratochvil
Here's how I figured it out:

In 2011, there were approximately 3.95 million births in the United States.
Source

In the United States during 2008-2010 (average), the highest birth rates per 1,000 women were to women ages 20-29 (103.8), followed by women ages 30-39 (71.5), ages 15-19 (38.2) and ages 40 and older (10.8).
• Of all live births in the United States during 2008-2010 (average), 2.8% were to women ages 40 and older.
Source

So if in 2011 there were 3,950,000 live births,
then 2.8% makes 110,600 babies born to women over 40.
And most of them were not conceived by donor egg.

Donor Egg 2010 national statistics

• Donor eggs or embryos were used in approximately 12% of all ART cycles performed in 2010 (18,011 cycles).
• The likelihood of a fertilized egg implanting is related to the age of the woman who produced the egg.
• The percentage of transfers resulting in live births for cycles using embryos from women’s own eggs declines as women get older.
Source

Total number of reporting clinics: 443

Donor Eggs: Fresh Embryos: All Ages Combined
Number of transfers: 9,866
Percentage of transfers resulting in live births: 55.8
(5,505 live births)

Donor Eggs: Frozen Embryos: All Ages Combined
Number of transfers: 6,665
Percentage of transfers resulting in live births: 34.9
(2,326 live births)
Source

That's a total of 7,831 Donor Egg babies born in the US in 2010 to ANY AGE mother - compared to 110,600 babies born to women over 40.

That leaves 102,769 babies born to women over 40 - without using donor eggs!

Photo credit: Baby Portrait by Vera Kratochvil
Public Domain photo: Creative Commons Deed CC0



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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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