Pregnant Over Age 50: Is This Okay?
We’re fascinated by the most recent issue of New York Magazine, which discusses the increase in the number of older new parents -- we’re talking about new moms and dads who are over the age of 50. Advanced reproductive technology like egg freezing has allowed people to become parents at an older age. There are different sides to the debate. People who criticize older parents say that the children will ultimately suffer because they’ll be more aware of their parents’ mortality. According to New York Magazine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that a child born to two 50-year-old parents will lose her father when she’s 25 and her mother when she’s 30. On the other side of the debate, many believe that people who wait to have children until they’re older will be more engaged and involved in their kids’ lives. New evidence has also shown that parents who have babies later in life may be extending their own life spans. A study at Boston University found that women who had children after they’d reached age 40 were four times more likely to live to the age of 100.
What do you think of people having kids much later in life? How do you think this affects the children?
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