Category: Age

That Ageist Taboo about Women, yet again

I couldn’t resist: I just had to get up on my soapbox about this one. So the press in the UK just had another go at reinforcing stereotypes, rigid belief systems and fostering fear. Another ageist, sexist bash in the guise of what should be evolved, gender-balanced media. Two women making the news just because […]

In Defence of Becoming a Mother at 50

A female boss taking maternity leave at age 50 is big news. So big it’s announced on the London stock exchange. Has a male boss ever had to tell investors he’s becoming a father in his fifth decade? Not likely. Well he doesn’t need to take any time off work, does he? Laura Wade Gery’s […]

Unlimited Egg Supply

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” Dresden James You’ve most likely been told you were born with all the eggs you’ll ever have – which implies you have a time bomb attached to your […]

Why the World Needs Childfree Women

If you were born a woman at this time in history, then you are here to save the world.” This statement by the Tibetan Thanka painter, Romio Shresthna, is not quite as famous as the comment by The Dalai Lama himself; The world will be saved by the western woman” but equally as poignant. Why […]

Hurry Up and Have a Baby

“You’re running out of time.” “Your ovarian reserve is low” “You really should be pregnant by now ” “It’s getting late to have a baby.” Not a day goes by – and they go by quickly when you’re a busy lady – without being warned. We’ve been taught to believe there’s a time bomb attached […]

Believing in Miracles

It’s refreshing to read some positive news about getting pregnant against the odds. The usual story is that we’re too old, too fat, our ovaries defunct or we simply don’t have the right haircut. The recent announcement by BBC newsreader, Kate Silverton that she’s expecting her second baby in her forties, after all hope was […]

Boost your fertility

The latest research from the emerging science of epigenetics shows that the quality of egg and sperm can be improved by the environment in your body.  This includes the food you eat, the thoughts you think and the lifestyle you lead. Food is information for the genes. It washes over them and affects gene expression. […]

Starting a Family at 40

I’m three weeks away from giving birth. On my birth certificate it says I’ll be 45 on Wednesday. But then age is such a relative. Forty-five isn’t even middle aged anymore, especially if you take into account that many of us could live to 120. I’m in the prime of my life. Pregnancy is all […]

A Mid-Forties Baby Bump

It’s awesome having a baby bump. On my birth certificate it says I’ll be 45 in two weeks. But that is so relative. If you’re 65, then 45 is still young. You’re in the prime of your life. Pregnancy is all about abundance and here I am a pregnant, voluptuous woman in the prime of […]

How Long Can You Really Wait To Have A Baby?

This was the question asked on BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour. I always stick up for older moms but it’s not often you get the opportunity to do it in front of over three million listeners on one of the UK’s leading radio shows. I must admit I had a few sleepless nights before the programme, […]