What is the Advanced Maternal Age Project?

Our mission continues. Our goal is to provide unique support to women and couples who made the choice to start their family at age 35 or better. All at no charge. It’s our nonprofit’s work.

Mid-life pregnancy and motherhood is a growing trend in the developed world. It is not going away.

Enjoy our site filled with women’s stories, expert voices and information to make the best choices for you.

  • Is there something you still need?
  • What other resources should we make available?

We’d love to hear from you. Write Us at info@advancedmaternalage.org. Follow us on Twitter for news about the trend.

What Was Your Experience?

Share Your Story with Our Nonprofit to Help Other Women. Donations Support our Research and Publishing.

Our research team continues to capture longer, more in-depth stories from advanced maternal age mothers like you. Our Nonprofit is bringing them to our international audience in narrative form, along with audio clips and photos of the women and their families. If you became a mother for the first time at age of 35 or later, we’d love to hear your story! We are now scheduling for individual sessions for in person and telephone interviews. Please write us as a first step.

Want to know more about our organization and how you can fund our work?

For all inquiries, please contact us at info@advancedmaternalage.org

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Talk of the Nation – NPR Covers Prenatal Testing and Being Over 35

Just as we were thinking about this topic and writing a recent post with a story about prenatal genetic testing, National Public Radio (NPR) was covering it as well on Talk of the Nation (5/30/13).

There are many considerations about having the testing done as well as how to proceed once you know the test results. Fortunately today more tests are available, including a less-invasive one, a first-trimester blood test.

One of the participants in the radio program, Ayelet Waldman, an author and mother from Berkeley, CA shared her story and here’s an excerpt:

“During the course of the pregnancy, I actually turned 35. And the pregnancy books and my doctor all said that 35 was sort of this magical moment. It was the moment when your chance of having a baby with a genetic abnormality, specifically Down syndrome, trisomy 21, outweighed – were greater than the chances of losing the baby to the amniocentesis…”

Read the Full Transcript or Listen to the Radio Program Online on NPR.org.

How do you feel about prenatal testing? Did you do it for a pregnancy after age 35? We’d enjoy hearing from you.

Sharing Our Perspectives: Feedback from Karen W.

We pose a two questions to first-time moms of age 35 or better to see the range of perspectives and ideas that women across the country have on the core topic of this website and upcoming book.

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?

Karen W.: I thought it was funny. I didn’t feel old at all and when the nurses would ask me if there was anything unusual about my pregnancy, I would always respond in a very dramatic and doom filled voice that I was afflicted with Advanced Maternal Age (AMA). I had other complications in both of my pregnancies that trumped AMA – that really was the least of my worries.

Sharon: Do you identify yourself as an “Older Mom”? If yes, what does that mean to you?

Karen W.: No.  It never occurred to me. In my 20s I was focused on my career, in my early 30s I found the person i wanted to share my life with and having kids didn’t even occur to us until I was 35 and it definitely didn’t occur to me that I was too late to the game. After having 2 kids, I understand now why having kids after 35 can be significantly harder – I liken it to my ability to recover from a long night out on the town. When i was 25 I could stay out until 4AM and be at work by 7AM with no issue. At 35, if i stayed out until 4AM I would be ruined for 3 days. I see how you must bounce back much more quickly if you have kids at a younger age.

Share your thoughts – we’d love to hear from you