Should You Become a Mom at 40? 45? Options & Reality of Older Motherhood

What do you need to know if you are considering becomes a mother after age 40? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews a panel of women who became moms over the age of 40 and 45 talking about how they made the decision, how they built their family, and what it is like to be an older mom.

Hit the Highlights
  • Why did you wait until your 40s or 50s to become a mother?
  • How do you think your age and your spouse’s age affects your parenting?
  • Do you find that you have less energy than mothers of your kid’s friends?
  • It seems that the financial aspects can cut both ways: you are probably more financially secure than in your 20s or early 30s, but you also have fewer years to save and prepare for your future?
  • Age is more than just a number. How did you work out in your mind and life the question of “is it fair to the child to have him or her at an older age”?
  • Do you feel out of step with your peers— both your friends before children and the parents of your child’s friends?
  • How did you factored in the age you’ll be when your child is a teen or in college? I mean it’s one thing to parent an infant, but another thing completely to parent a teen.
  • Was it hard to adopt over the age of 40 or 45?
  • I know of no fertility clinic that would have a problem treating someone between 40-45, but some might have rules against treatment above the age of 50. Did you have any problems getting treatment, and have you heard of women who have been turned away?
  • What are some advantages to being an older mother?

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Image credit: Kevin Luu

Show originally aired in 2014; show reaired in 2016.