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Older Mothers

And the Painted Ponies Go Up and Down

Carol Bryant | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Carol Bryant

My daughter, Cassie, turns 30 today. As much as that is certainly a milestone worthy of celebrating, I will also be celebrating my own milestone today...

On the Outside Looking In

Lakshmi Iyer | Posted 08.31.2016 | Parents
Lakshmi Iyer

Battling infertility, I watched my peers go on to have a child, or two or three. I sat through their baby showers, first birthdays and first day of kindergarten. I lingered, at the center of their intersecting lives, listening to tales of exhaustion and exhilaration.

The 5 Best Things About Being An Older Mother

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.08.2015 | Fifty

Here at Huff/Post50, we're fully aware that plenty of great things can happen late in the game -- everything from falling in love, to reinventing your...

Why I Decided To Get Pregnant At 50

Sophie B. Hawkins | Posted 04.24.2015 | Fifty
Sophie B. Hawkins

I have had the opportunity to have another child for six years, because I froze my eggs with a sperm donor's sperm when I was 31 years old in California. From one of those embryos came the most amazing human being I've ever met, Dashiell. And there were 11 more embryos with possibility of life still in storage.

There's No Shame In Being An Older First-Time Mom

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents

For many women, the pressure to have a family before reaching “advanced maternal age” is all too familiar. But with more and more women reporting ...

Last To Have A Baby

KnowMore TV | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

I watched my entire book group and two sets of friends get pregnant before I ever watched my belly swell.

Here's Why IVF Is Becoming Less Likely To Result In Multiple Births

Posted 02.21.2014 | Parents

In science, the astounding regularly becomes the commonplace, and such is the case with reproductive technology. IVF, once a near miraculous way for i...

What I Regret About Having A Baby After 40

Stacie Krajchir | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Stacie Krajchir

The reality is, motherhood is, while blissful, downright scary and beyond overwhelming -- especially after 40.

My 40th Birthday Wish: A Baby

Kim Lute | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kim Lute

Cupcakes with pink and blue frosting curlicues imitating sperm (a nod to the party's missing guest) and mini quiches (because it only makes sense to pay homage to "eggs" at a sperm donor fete) rounded out a menu for guests who helped my cousin choose a father, err... a donor.

Was My Son My Last 'Good Egg'?

Ali Smith | Posted 09.28.2013 | Parents
Ali Smith

When you enter the health care system as a 38-year-old pregnant woman, you suddenly discover you're a bit of a problem. They've coined a rather insulting phrase for you and you hear it ad nauseum. You are a lady of "advanced maternal age," a term definitely not thought up by a woman.

Why Midlife Motherhood Does Have Its Drawbacks

Cyma Shapiro | Posted 03.01.2013 | Fifty
Cyma Shapiro

Although many new books have been written about reinventing ourselves and taking 'me' time, we do not have the luxury to think about this. As mothers over 40, 50 and 60, I think we darn near 'reinvented' ourselves when we had, adopted, obtained or fostered our children!

Perimenopausal Mama Instilling a Life Lesson

Robin Gorman Newman | Posted 11.11.2012 | Parents
Robin Gorman Newman

Seth threw a tantrum and declared that we always make him do things he doesn't want to do. This statement could not be further from the truth.

Why I'll Encourage My Daughter to Have Babies Sooner Than I Did

Amy Wruble | Posted 10.08.2012 | Parents
Amy Wruble

As my mother helpfully pointed out, if Viv waits until she's 40 to have kids like I did, then I'll be 80 (eighty!) before I'm a grandma.

The Secret To Eradicating Post-Divorce Parenting Guilt

D. A. Wolf | Posted 08.12.2012 | Divorce
D. A. Wolf

If single parenthood is a rough road, we're told to put on a brave face and "get over it."

The 40 Year-Old Mom

Donatella Arpaia | Posted 05.09.2012 | Parents
Donatella Arpaia

I'd have my whole family at one of my restaurants for brunch and all my beautiful nieces and nephews would be running around. As much as I loved being the cool celebrity aunt, what I really wanted was the title we were celebrating that day.

Celebrity Culture's Unrealistic Veneer On Older Motherhood | Posted 01.17.2012 | Fifty

How are older mothers portrayed in popular culture? This is a trick question, of course, since older mothers are rarely depicted on television and ...

Why Women, Men Shouldn't Tarry on Parenthood

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

At last, the time is right to have a baby. But the longer you've waited, the more uncooperative your body may be. One of the saddest complications of delaying a family is involuntary childlessness.

A Menopausal Mom's Christmas List

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 02.18.2012 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

It's that time of year again already, huh? Time sure flies when you're having... well, menopause, spelling bees, and student council meetings.

Does Delaying Motherhood Really Up Your Earning Potential?

Aol Jobs | Posted 12.14.2011 | Women

"A year of delayed motherhood is found to increase career earnings by 9 percent, work experience by 9 percent, and average wage rates by 3 percent," s...

Getting To The Bottom Of Motherhood Anxiety

Wendy Litner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wendy Litner

I know I want to raise children and have a family, but my disparate feelings toward pregnancy, the biological mechanism by which these lofty goals are achieved, have started to worry me.

What It Means To Be A Parentless Parent

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

For the first time in U.S. history, millions of children (and their parents) are actually vulnerable to having less time with their grandparents than more. A revolution is happening in the way generations are connected in America.

Tighter Belts, Later Bumps

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

The current birthrate drop, rather than offering an occasion for anxiety, offers an opportunity to consolidate the gains for women, for their future families and for the nation.

In Praise Of Older Mothers

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Full disclosure: I am an older mother. My first daughter was born when I was almost 38, and my youngest entered the world three days before my 41st birthday.

Not That You Look Old: The Aesthetics of Modern Motherhood

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Like quite a few people I know, I had my first child in at 39. My maternal grandmother had a child at 39, too, but that girl was her eighth baby and her last.