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Pregnancy: Is It For All Ages?

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Think of a life, and how magnificent it is to bring life into the world, but now think about life with complications, all because women are delaying pregnancies due to their own personal reasons, such as careers and money. According to the Journal of Clinical Nursing by Loke & Poon (2010)- both professionals in the medical field- state “[t]he growing proportion of first births to advanced age women is a public health concern,” and “…there are controversial views as whether advanced age pregnancy renders women more prone to pregnancy complications and adverse outcomes” (p. 1142). This statement provides credibility behind the fact that there are many risks developed during pregnancies in older women. Within the media today there are stories about pregnancies in the younger generation and the controversy in children raising children, but how detrimental is the case in which older women are bearing their first or maybe even their last child up into their pre-menopause stages and sometimes -but very rarely- into menopause stages. According to Bedwell (2006), who is a research midwife, “…[mothers], however healthy at the time of birth, are likely to subsequently face health problems by virtue of their age,” and this raises awareness to the fact that health risks should be examined and considered before conception in the older generation (p. 514). Not only will the health concerns affect advanced age mothers, most importantly, they will affect the unborn child with problems linked to physical and psychological risks, which will both be mentioned throughout the remaining of the essay.
The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology provide evidence to its readers that there are physical health risks associated to advanced age pregnancies such as “low birth weight, perinatal morbidity and mortality, and fetal chromosomal abnormities” (Larbi, Buchmann & Matchidze, 2000, p. 259). These three risk factors are just a few out of many, many more that are crucial to a child’s health when bore by an advanced age mother. Mothers should take into consideration these three concerns before they decide to conceive. The Journal of Clinical Nursing compares age-related concerns between advanced age women and younger women about the risks and concerns about their unborn child. In the journal it states: “[m]ore advanced age pregnant women than the younger women reported concerns relating to the ‘possibility of miscarriage’ and ‘the physical demands of caring for the newborn baby,’” and in just a few sentences it then follows up to say that “advanced age women were still more likely than their younger counterpart to be concerned about their ‘recovery after childbirth,’ Down’s syndrome and structural defects of the fetus” (Loke & Poon, 2010, p. 1145). With this information, does it now seem unethical for these women to conceive and reproduce? Knowing that the unborn child could potentially decease and/or have detrimental physical health risks and deformities is enough to answer...

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