Ranks of moms older than 40 are growing

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 9, 2010 - 7:29 AM

The number of babies born to women 40 or older has more than doubled since 1990, to nearly 2,000 a year in Minnesota and more than 100,000 nationally, according to government reports.

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mariezzMay. 8, 1011:17 PM

to the mother. Things to factor in when deciding to have biological children past 40.

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mariezzMay. 8, 1011:19 PM

in the late 30s.)

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happeningsMay. 8, 1011:54 PM

My mom had me at 40 - back in 1967 - when it was extremely rare. I have a brother who is 59 and a sister who's 56. I'm glad my parents decided they wanted another one!

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Tobias1May. 9, 1012:39 AM

Pregnancy at high age is riskier, and parenthood can be rewarding at any age, but is it really true that most old parents are discrimated againt by younger parents? We are older parents ourselves, but I haven't seen anything of that.

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mannyheadMay. 9, 1012:50 AM

most older moms ( and dads ) mostly hang out with other older moms and dads. don;t let young moms give you the evil eye, forget em'. we know about escrow ! we have good jobs ! we tied the knot at her 35 me 40 now we have a 7 year old and a 4 year old, yippee ! we're maybe gonna get lucky and have another. life is good ! YAWN, RUB EYES MANY TIMES

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glamorousvivMay. 9, 10 1:03 AM

My mom is now in her 70's. Grandma was 99 when she passed away. I say, if you can do it, go for it! I was also a late baby...my mom was in her 40's when I was born. And the woman can STILL run circles around me!! I think it should be an individual choice. No riskier than all these kids born without dad's or a stable income to lean on, sorry to say. But true. Both my mom and grandma were very much prepared for rearing a child...financially and emotionally. So why don't the doctors and nurses turn down their noses at that? Just wondering.

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glamorousvivMay. 9, 10 1:32 AM

Why don't the doctor's and nurses look down on children born to unstable women? Women who can not afford to have that baby? Women who are doing drugs? Why are they so politically correct when those mother's walk into the office, but have no problem preaching to the older mother's? I have seen it first hand, myself. You can't tell me those healthcare workers aren't aware of the risks to those children. And IMHO, they are at much greater risk with irresponsible parents than older parents who planned, prayed, and prepared for the opportunity to have a child of their own.

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shalomstephMay. 9, 10 3:47 AM

But I sure am glad I had my youngest when I was 27. Babies aren't bad, but the teenage years are brutal and I wouldn't want to be in my 60s and dealing with it. Nor having to work into my retirement years to pay for college. I guess it's just the reverse, but I sure am glad to be getting my life back soon.

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justin117May. 9, 10 6:45 AM

My son, who is in his early 40's, has a pre-schooler, his first and only child. Many of his friends are already grandparents. I hope he can connect with some other folks his age with little ones! Age is not always a factor but love, caring and wanting a child is.

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whadjawantMay. 9, 10 7:31 AM

have kids when you are young - and society says you've given away your future career. have kids when you are older - and you've focused too much on your career.
it seems to me that society has only one solution (mono culture) and that, as we all know, is a recipe for disaster. Not eveyone is the same - time for society to grow up.

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