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Yesterday, Dr. Oz dedicated a program to the topic, “When Are You Too Old To Have A Baby?”

FlowerPowerMom.com/A Child After 40 was invited to write web content in support of this show, and I focused on deeply rooted cultural issues that have a negative, or even hostile, impact on midlife mothers and need more exposure: “Why Are We Against Later Motherhood?” (http://www NULL.doctoroz NULL.com/videos/why-are-we-against-later-motherhood?page=4#copy).

While the program focused on important fertility facts—and highlighted a growing awareness of the need to educate women on the truth about how much fertility declines with age—there’s still a significant need to deal with issues hiding in plain site. We seem reluctant to explore our deeper emotional reactions to older women becoming mothers.

Recent developments in oocyte cryopreservation are providing the first opportunity for young women to freeze their unfertilized eggs at peak fertility. Given our growing longevity, by our daughter’s generation, the whole medical issue of maternal age may be moot.

The real hotbed of issues regarding later motherhood will be a social one. To read more, please go direct to my article on Dr. Oz’s website (http://www NULL.doctoroz NULL.com/videos/why-are-we-against-later-motherhood?page=4#copy). For details on the program, click here. (http://www NULL.doctoroz NULL.com/episode/when-are-you-too-old-have-baby)

Notes for this blog:

Dr. Oz Show: When Are You Too Old To Have A Baby?

http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/when-are-you-too-old-have-baby (http://www NULL.doctoroz NULL.com/episode/when-are-you-too-old-have-baby)

Angel LaLiberte for Dr. Oz: Why Are We Against Later Motherhood?

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/why-are-we-against-later-motherhood (http://www NULL.doctoroz NULL.com/videos/why-are-we-against-later-motherhood)

Angel LaLiberte for Dr. Oz: The Pros And Cons of Later Life Motherhood

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/pros-and-cons-later-life-motherhood

About Angel LaLiberte

Angel La Liberte is the founder of the website Flower Power Mom.com—The Truth About Motherhood After 40 (http://www NULL.achildafter40 NULL.com/)(www.flowerpowermom.com (http://www NULL.achildafter40 NULL.com/)), featuring commentary, real mom stories and expert advice about motherhood after 40. She actively advocates for more supportive attitudes towards women having children in midlife and to raise awareness of the real issues related to later life motherhood.

Angel also hosts “A Child After 40”, an online community to empower all women on the journey of motherhood after 40. To join, go to: http://www.achildafter40.com/a-child-after-40-online/

Angel gave birth to her children at 41 and 44 after conceiving naturally. For her full story, go to:http://www.achildafter40.com/my-story/

2 Responses to Dr. Oz Weighs In On Maternal Age

  1. Lylas says:

    Dr. Oz ended his show by encouraging women to have their children before age 30. I find that interesting considering Dr. Oz didn’t have the last of his four children until he was 37….

  2. Mara says:

    I hope that he follows up by encouraging medical schools to admit and accommodate pregnant medical students. And mothers who go back to school after raising children first.

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