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Am I Too Old To Have A Baby?

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Tracy Kahn, a single, professional woman, gave birth to her first daughter Scarlett. Two years later at the age of 51, Kahn, who underwent IVF treatments, delivered a second healthy baby girl on February 18, 2015, the New York Post reported.

“I’m proof that just because a woman is single, older and career-oriented, she doesn’t have to give up on her dreams of being a mom,” Kahn told the website Inquisitr.

“You really can have it all. I get criticism but that’s OK, I can handle that.”

There are inherent risks that accompany pregnancy and childbirth.

Some of these risks, such as spontaneous miscarriage, Down Syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities, autism, gestational diabetes and hypertension during pregnancy, and requiring a Cesarean delivery do increase with maternal age.

While older women give birth to healthy babies more often than not, health experts advise that these risks should be considered and discussed with your health professional prior to conceiving, especially if you are older than 35 years of age.


Reproduction later in life is a marker for longevity in women: The Long Life Family Study. Press release, Boston University Medical Center, June 25, 2014.

This is what it’s like to be a new mom at 51. New York Post. Jane Ridley. 26 Feb. 2015.

Tracey Kahn Baby: 51-Year-Old Single Mom Gives Birth To A Healthy Baby Girl. Inquisitr. 27 Feb. 2015.

National Vital Statistic Reports. Births: Preliminary Data for 2012. CDC. 6 Sep 2013, Vol.62, No.3. Online:

Reviewed March 12, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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