Emily is a 52-year-old woman who is pregnant for the first time and used donor egg IVF to conceive. She wrote us recently and we are hoping to hear more of her story. Her baby is due in August 2014.
Sharon: How did you react to getting the Advanced Maternal Age stamp on your medical chart (or having that label applied to you) What did it mean to you–if anything?
Emily: I expected this, as I started trying in my 40s. Now, 5 months pregnant for the first time at age 52 via donor eggs, the old age factor is par for the course.
Sharon: Do you identify yourself as an “Older Mom”? If yes, what does that mean to you? If not, tell us about that!
Emily: It’s exciting, but also scary. I have told very few people, only a few friends. I still have not told my own mother, as I fear her reaction will contain no small amount of negativity. I do not want to have to defend my position. At the same time I am somewhat embarrassed to be so old and pregnant. Publicly I will be proud, but I do feel isolated. Thankfully I have a very supportive partner.