Are older women worse mothers? According to a new study, published by ABC News, the answer is no. The study, conducted by researchers at USC, compared stress levels and physical health of older mothers versus their younger counterparts.  (Note: all the older women had their children using Assisted Reproductive Technology).  Apparently, there was no difference in stress levels or physical issues between the two groups.
I can understand why many women want to put off having children until later in life because they don’t want to “get off the escalator.” I get it. But, I think the key part of this study, as it notes, the women who do wait until later in life are usually more well-off financially (since they can afford these assisted reproductive techniques).  I also have to imagine that these older women having babies also have lots of help because they can afford it, and because they need it. They must. Working and taking care of a baby is exhausting. 

Even my mom (of childbearing age according to these researchers) is beyond exhausted after spending one day with my son. And she didn’t birth him! Memo to researchers- please put into better perspective your research results so women over “normal” childbearing age don’t get their hopes up too much that it will be as easy for them as their younger counterparts. Ok, I’m off my soapbox now.

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