Why Have a Baby After 50?

A mother discusses why she decided to have a baby after 50.

By Karen Day; Photographs by Karen Kuehn
The author and her son Harper, channeling their inner cowpoke outside a lodge she owns in Stanley, Idaho.

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" asks the poet Mary Oliver. How better to affirm your existence? Be like the baby and the Dalai Lama. Smile till you’re blue in the face. Take the chance. Take a stand. Spread the love. Volunteer in Darfur. Knit booties. Would I do it all again? Right now, I’m packing for Africa. Ask me in 10 years.

Karen Day has reported for NBC Nightly News. She is working on a book about peace-makers around the world.

Originally published in MORE magazine, July/August 2007 as "Why a Baby at 53?"

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Angel LaLiberte09.05.2013

I had my children in my 40's and I felt "old" then. But more women over 50 are having babies. It's usually a carefully thought-out choice, by women who are financially stable and physically fit. Remember, the average life expectancy for women is now 81 and our quality of life is greatly enhanced by modern medicine, nutrition and fitness programs. You might wish to read this story about an executive for a well-known corporation who had her baby at 52: http://achildafter40.com/new-mom-at-fifty-two/.
Each story of "delayed" motherhood is unique (whether giving birth or adopting over 50)and should be perceived on its own merit. We should get ready for this growing maternal trend.

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