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What are the risks associated with birth after 35 years of age?

by Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife | 0 Comments

Q What are the risks associated with birth after 35 years?

A The risk of the baby having Downs syndrome rises with maternal age. That is why amniocentisis (a test in which a needle is inserted into the mother's abdomen to gather amniotic fluid) is advised by obstetricians. In fact, in California, from what I understand, the state will provide the test free of charge. The amniotic fluid is tested for chromosomal abnormalities. Since Downs is the result of a chromosomal abnormality, the parents can be informed about it prior to the baby's birth. Other than that I don't know of any other risks. It depends on your general health, i.e. if you eat right, exercise, do not take drugs or are exposed to hazardous influences. A 35 year-old can be healthier than a 25 year-old. Most of the moms that I attend are in their thirties and do very well! Age by itself is not a risk factor in my practice. I do not believe that uterus' wear out or that eggs get old! Hope this helps.

Best wishes
Anne Sommers

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Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives. The Baby Corner The Baby Corner - The Magazine for Expecting & New Parents

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