Ann Maloney gave birth to her first child at age 50, and her second at 52. After a first marriage and a busy career switch, she married again and both she and her husband wanted children. With the help of donors and Columbia University they went on to bear two daughters.
The age of motherhood is rising in the United States, where the average is now 25 (it was 21 in 1970). But the rate is booming even more among the middle-aged: Since 2008 birthrates have increased 17% among women aged 45 to 49, and nearly 25% of adopted children in the U.S. have parents 45+ years older than they are.
While a first reaction for many is that the 40s and 50s are simply too old to have kids, some experts disagree. They say that children of older mothers fare quite well as the moms are so engaged and overjoyed to have a child: “Fewer kids at home, more attention to the kids they do have, and more money to devote to their education," says Brad Van Voorhis, head of the fertility clinic at the University of Iowa.
Do you think the 50s are too old to become a parent?