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It was over champagne brunch late Mother’s Day morning that I received an unexpected call from the producer for Don Lemon and CNN weekend. (See links to this broadcast below.)

Pottering around in my jammies with two exuberant children, lining up TV movies for the rest of the day, and rather enjoying lazing around, I suddenly found myself doing a one-eighty.

I was invited to do a live Skype interview from my home in just a few hours on the launch of A Child After 40–a natural follow-on from our last debate on CNN (http://www NULL.achildafter40 NULL.com/the-great-age-debate-on-cnn/)regarding the Kelly Preston story.

To view the May 8th, 2011  CNN interview, click on:

MP4, 12MB:  http://www.achildafter40.com/publicfiles/Angel_new_CNN.mp4 (http://www NULL.achildafter40 NULL.com/publicfiles/Angel_new_CNN NULL.mp4)

AVI, 26MB:   http://www.achildafter40.com/publicfiles/Angel_new_CNN_xvid.avi (http://www NULL.achildafter40 NULL.com/publicfiles/Angel_new_CNN_xvid NULL.avi)

But this wasn’t the beginning of the story. In the weeks leading up to US Mother’s Day, 8th May—and in between school field trips and baking muffins—I had been pitching the importance of the message of A Child After 40 to key media.

A week before the official launch on 8th May, I got the heads-up from CNN and began preparing for a tremendous opportunity to film a live studio interview for the early evening Saturday 7th May.

Just an hour or so before the segment was meant to air, the producer contacted me again, with genuinely sincere apologies. The “home movies” on Osama Bin Laden had just been released and the interview for A Child After 40 was cancelled.

Or, as Frank wryly put it, Bin Laden had reached out from the grave and stolen our segment.

So, when Mother’s Day finally came, I was full-on ready to let go of all the hard work and let my hair down to drag on the floor at long last.

Little did I know that there was a wonderful Mother’s Day gift in on its way from a lady who turned out to be one of the most considerate and generous people I’ve met in the media. To her, I offer a special “Thank You.”

Sadly, my Skype camera and home office setting was over-exposed to light and not quite up to scratch for broadcast and for that I apologize. Needless to say, I’ll be picking up a new cam in the next week or two.

However, the A Child After 40 video and the message received sterling coverage and that’s what counts.

Thanks to the CNN production team and to all who supported the production of the A Child After 40 video.

Notes for this blog:

Angel La Liberte is the founder of the website Flower Power Mom—The Truth About Motherhood After 40 (http://www NULL.achildafter40 NULL.com/) (www.flowerpowermom.com (http://www NULL.achildafter40 NULL.com/)), a regular blog featuring news, commentary, real mom stories and expert advice about motherhood after 40. She gave birth to her children at 41 and 44 after conceiving naturally.

A CHILD AFTER 40. It’s a mother of an evolution–launching at www.flowerpowermom.com/a-child-after-40 (http://www NULL.achildafter40 NULL.com/a-child-after-40).

A Child After 40 is the first campaign to empower women on the journey of motherhood after 40.  Watch the video. Join the community. Check out the Resources. Pay It Forward.  Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/flowerpowermoms (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/user/flowerpowermoms). Campaign Info page: www.flowerpowermom.com/a-child-after-40 (http://www NULL.achildafter40 NULL.com/a-child-after-40). Join: http://www.achildafter40.com/community (http://www NULL.achildafter40 NULL.com/community).

3 Responses to A Child After 40 On CNN

  1. Deana Barnhart (http://www NULL.deanabarnhart NULL.blogspot NULL.com) says:

    So nice it finally got to air. What a treat for you!

  2. InSeason Mom Cynthia (http://www NULL.inseasonmom NULL.org) says:

    I am proud to have you representing us, first time moms over 40, in the media. I’m glad that the segment was aired. Your hard work deserves to be recognized!

  3. Michelle Schnaars (http://www NULL.childbirthand NULL.blogspot NULL.com) says:

    I just received your latest e-zine from FPM –I always enjoy them!

    Re the CNN interview, overall I enjoyed the interview, especially your delivery. Although I have to admit I was surprised at the way Hala Gorani approached the entire interview honestly. She had difficulty presenting the questions. There seemed to be something bothering her. It was rude when she asked you how old you are, as if you had to prove something, or defend something. There was something wrong with that question, but I can’t exactly put my finger on it. I would expect an anchor person to realize their personal experience is not necessarily shared by all those who are viewing their segment, or even shared within the general public.

    I have known many over forty mothers, my grandmothers being in the group as well, and their experiences have been different. While some were quickly accepted within their family and friends, others weren’t. And a lot of them had heard that annoying telltale question “Are they your grandchildren?” as though the thought that these children could have been born of this woman is inconceivable. This is the feeling I had from Ms. Gorani, as though she found the whole thing inconceivable.

    In comparison you handled the facts and yourself very well however. You were professional, and spot on. And, while you didn’t discount that there are those woman who have support, you presented the simple fact that this is an age group that is not generally accepted. I think it helps other over forty mothers to know that they’re not the only ones experiencing adverse reactions otherwise they wonder “Am I really the only one going through this?” because if we only heard from Ms. Gorani we might think that. I actually felt that she was not really accepting of over forty moms, her demeanor seemed to counter the things she said. And, I had the feeling that she was trying to oppose what you were saying. She gave off the impression she didn’t have either the time or interest in the topic.

    Thanks for presenting the facts clearly. Either way the interview was a success because of you.

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