Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

Doctors warn of increased risk for older mothers

Posted on: June 16, 2009

An interesting article in The Guardian today discussing the increased risks for women over 35 when planning pregnancies. www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/jun/15/older-mothers-health-risks

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) suggest that women should become mothers by the age of 35 or risk infertility, miscarriage and health problems.  It is suggested that the optimum time to have a baby is between 20 and 35 years of age.

Both the RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) however do support a women’s right to have children as later, but recognise that many women are simply unaware of the increased risks for older mothers and that that using fertility treatment is not a guarantee of success.

Excellent information on preconception issues can be found at:

https://midwifevalerie.wordpress.com/2008/12/05/planning-a-baby/www.haveababy.com
www.womantomother.co.uk
www.foresight-preconception.org.uk
www.zitawest.com

www.eatwell.gov.uk/agesandstages/pregnancy/whenyrpregnant/

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