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Yesterday, the Deseret News published a piece highlighting the ongoing rise in the trend towards later motherhood: “Number of older women having babies continues to grow”.

Veteran reporter, Lois Collins, interviewed four older women—including myself on behalf of FlowerPowerMom.com (see “Experts and Experience”)–for the insider’s view on motherhood after 40. More importantly, the article featured a fairly comprehensive overview of the research and statistics supporting the trend. SEE article. (http://www NULL.deseretnews NULL.com/article/765592822/Number-of-older-women-having-babies-continues-to-grow NULL.html?pg=all)

There were even a few nuggets I had not yet heard of, regarding the benefits to children of later mothers:

“Those children are less apt to need hospitalization or have accidents. The researchers theorized older moms are either more cautious or are better able to identify and help children avoid risks.”

Collins’ article, an impartial review of the ever-expanding demographic of later mothers, represents another positive step in the direction of creating a much-needed dialogue on changes in the nature of “family” as we know it.

Also included, was news of a fact sheet, “Myths About Later Motherhood”, recently released by the Council on Contemporary Families (http://www NULL.contemporaryfamilies NULL.org/children-parenting/myths-about-motherhood-press-release NULL.html), written by Elizabeth Gregory, Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Houston and member of our expert panel.

Notes for this blog:

Link to Deseret News article:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765592822/Number-of-older-women-having-babies-continues-to-grow.html?pg=all (http://www NULL.deseretnews NULL.com/article/765592822/Number-of-older-women-having-babies-continues-to-grow NULL.html?pg=all)

Council on Contemporary Families Fact Sheet:

http://www.contemporaryfamilies.org/children-parenting/myths-about-motherhood-press-release.html (http://www NULL.contemporaryfamilies NULL.org/children-parenting/myths-about-motherhood-press-release NULL.html)

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3 Responses to Deseret News Reports: Older Moms on the Rise

  1. Lylas says:

    Thanks for sharing the link Angel! I had to laugh when one woman interviewed indicated she will get the AARP discount on college for her daughters. I got the AARP discount on daycare.

  2. Amanda Weber (http://www NULL.afterfortymom NULL.com) says:

    Great article! I’m so encouraged to see much needed focus on the challenges and advantages to having a child later in life. In fact, I almost feel like I can stop appologising for having a baby at 42 and cease to use the term “later in life”. The stats show that we are a quickly and consistenly growing demographic.
    It was recently pointed out to me that older moms don’t participate physically with their kids the way young mom’s do (this was by a 23 year old mom). At first I had a VERY emotionally charged reaction as I often end up playing with my child on the slides at the park while helping other much younger mom’s juggle their kids. But you know, it was really just an opportunity for me to dig into my bucket of wisdom and appreciate that people’s perceptions, accurate or not, don’t need to play a part in my life. I am confident that my daughter gets plenty of physical attention and support from both me and my husband. No need to waste energy on over-generallizations. Anyone else have similar experiences??

  3. Lylas says:

    Having spent 2 hours on the playgound with my 2 year old yesterday, I had to respond to this. I was the only mom in running shoes yesterday, the younger moms (which I am guessing were all the moms since I’m 53) were in high heeled sandals. Now I must admit, they looked good in those sandals, however it wasn’t practical for them to run in those shoes. And since I’m the ‘old’ mommy, I didn’t know any of the other moms so I didn’t stand around chatting, I was pushing everyone’s kid on the swings. And since I am the ‘old mommy’ I didn’t stand around texting my friends that weren’t at the park – my friends and I use stone tablets to communicate. I was really stunned by the low level of activity and participation by the younger parents. I always climb up the slide with my son, there are no guard rails at the top so I am afraid he’ll leap off the side. At first I thought I was the over protective mom, now I think I’m the only one with a small enough butt to climb up there.

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