Five years ago in early 2012, I felt that I needed to share a story. It turns out that it was actually many stories, both mine personally and those of other women. My aim was to dispel a myth in a way that would encourage and motivate my younger sisters to contemplate their life plans around starting a family. The Advanced Maternal Age Project was born. It’s now a five year old.
Fast forward to 2013 and numerous traditional media outlets thought that the work was compelling. The Project was covered by the local Austin, Texas TV stations, newspaper, and a magazine. Interest in the Project was at an all-time high and women across the world heard about it through social media as well. It turns out that there was a trend a foot in the developed world around waiting until age 35 or better to start a family.
2014 was the time that the Project truly became an organization, with both an advisory board and a board of directors. We formed a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. This structure still feels new and we are growing into it.
In 2015 and 2016, I took a hiatus from writing and curating original stories and interviews. It was not that I lost interest. Far from it. I continue to follow the trend of midlife motherhood in the news and support many local women who are making the choice to start their family at age 35 or better. I had to deal with a health crisis, work part-time, and focus on raising my children, who are now five, six and nine.
There is still much information and support to share, including for women who are well into their midlife and raising young children. Stay tuned.
As always, I welcome your feedback. – Sharon