Fertility :: Motherhood, parenting easier for older women

Women who give birth in their 50s are just as able to cope with motherhood as younger women, according to a study by fertility specialists. Surveys of older women having fertility treatment showed they found parenting no more stressful or physically demanding than women in their 30s and 40s, and theyshowed no signs of poorer mental health possibly brought on by feelings of isolation.

The findings counter views that older women may make less suitable mothers and follows recommendations from the head of the Britishgovernment’s fertility watchdog, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, the former Bishop of Oxford, that women in their 50s and 60s should not be barred fromhaving IVF on account of their age.

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