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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Over 40 Mother: Sarah Palin

Pregnancy Over 40, Sara Palin

Nope, this is not a political blog. I don't claim to be a Democrat or a Republican...but everywhere you turn, the stories in the news are about the upcoming election. My reaction to McCain's announcement of his running mate was probably the same as everyone elses....Who?
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Anyway...I seem to have a one track mind: fertility over 40 and pregnancy over 40. Politics aside, what caught my eye was that Sarah Palin is 44 and just had a baby this year. I'm sure this was a natural pregnancy since this was her 5th child - it seems I don't have to look very far to find examples of women over 40 having babies. Now, the other thing that has been mentioned in the media is that her new baby has Down Syndrome. Okay...lets address the whole Down Syndrome issue since I know that much of the literature out there cautions women in their 40's that there is a higher rate of babies born with "trisomy 21".

First of all, the majority of Down Syndrome babies are born to women under 35 (part of that is because they have the majority of babies). Second, even though there is a higher rate of Down Syndrome in "older" women, think about this: out of every 1000 births to 40 year old women, 990 will be normal. In women under 35, 999 will be normal. Yes, the risk does continue to increase with age, but the fact remains, the vast majority of babies born to women over 40 are perfectly normal. As a matter of fact, I personally know two women with Down's kids - one was a teenager when she had her child, and one was in her 20's.

For your reference, here is one of my posts on my "pregnancy over 40" blog which addresses the positive side of Down Syndrome:

Down Syndrome: The Positive Side

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