Sunday February 16, 2020

Later, baby: the rise of the first-time mum over 40

As more women start their families later in life, Deanna O’Connor looks at the growing trend of ‘geriatric primigravidae’, or older first-time motherhood

26th January, 2020

As the child of a mother who was 47 at the time of my birth, and a father who was then 52, I grew up painfully aware of my parents’ mortality, and the dark possibility that they wouldn’t be around forever. I swore to myself that if I ever had kids, I’d do it in my 20s.

Funnily enough, life got in the way — it always does. Fun, foreign travel and...

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