35-Plus and Pregnant? Check Out the Advanced Maternal Age Project

by | October 15th, 2013
  

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These days few would consider the late 30s or early 40s “old” in most senses of the word, but age does play a significant role for new moms — and not just in terms of fertility and pregnancy chances. A woman of “advanced maternal age” needs a ready source of emotional and practical support as well, from the initial attempts to get pregnant to the day-to-day experience of being an older mom. Sharon Munroe experienced this need first hand when she had her first child (of three) at the age of 40. Since she saw no such support system out there, she decided to create one — the Advanced Maternal Age Project.

When Empathy Is the Best Medicine

 Based in Austin, Texas, the Advanced Maternal Age Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing an online community for moms and moms-to-be aged 35 and older. It offers a variety of educational resources and guidance for couples trying to start a family later in life for whatever reason, from medical issues to personal choice.

The project also gives participants a chance to share their personal stories with no fear of being judged or criticized. Visitors to the website will see a wealth of such stories, along with an “Ask the Expert” Q & A column, recommended books and links, and an opportunity to subscribe to the organization’s blog.

Take It for a Test Drive

Advanced Maternal Age Project’s usefulness is by no means limited to a 35-plus demographic. It can also prove extremely helpful for younger women who are currently focusing on their careers or who may face several years of attempts to become pregnant. Find out more about fertility preservation here.

Dr. James Douglas and the rest of the IVF Plano team heartily endorse this project; why not look it over and then share your opinions with us?


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