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Number of Women, Over 50, Who Have Baby Doubles in Five Years

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50 has become the new 40, literally, for some women who are having babies after turning half a century old.

According to the Daily Mail, women in the UK, over the age of 50, who are having babies has more than doubled in just five years.

However, the dangers of older women having babies include: miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies and genetic abnormalities in the children.

According to UK health ministers, in 2012, 154 babies were born to mothers over the age of 50, compared to 69 babies in 2008.
 
Women, who are 40 and older, gave birth to 29,994 babies in 2012, up from 26,419 in 2008.

About 20 percent of all babies in the UK are born to moms who are 35 or older.

Apparently this is because women are focusing on their careers in their younger years and there are medical advances in in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to help post-menopausal women have children.

In IVF, women over 50, using egg cells donated by younger women, can become pregnant and give birth.

Live Science reported on a study in 2012 that showed that women over age 50 had about the same number of complications as women under age 42 who became pregnant with IVF.

Sources: Daily Mail and Live Science

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