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Older mums 'just as healthy'

Mark Henderson, New Orleans
October 24, 2006
WOMEN who give birth in their fifties are just as healthy, both physically and psychologically, as those who start families much earlier in life, according to new research that will significantly strengthen the case against upper age limits for fertility treatment.
The first study to investigate the parenting experiences of older IVF mothers has revealed that they cope equally well with the stress of motherhood as those who have children in their 30s and 40s and are no more likely to suffer physical or psychological ill health.

The US findings come just a week after experts in Britain argued that maternal age should not be a sufficient reason to refuse IVF treatment. Doctors should instead be left to choose patients according to their own clinical judgment, the British experts argued.

Controversy surrounding the issue of older mothers centres on the likely effects on their physical and mental health and that of their children. Older women, particularly those over 55, have a higher risk of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia and many people question their capacity to care for their children as they grow old themselves. The new research from the University of Southern California indicates that at least some of these concerns are misplaced.

"There is reason to say, in the absence of other data, that maybe we shouldn't jump to the conclusion that it's wrong for women to become mothers at this age," said Anne Steiner, who conducted the work with colleague Richard Paulson.

In the study, which will be presented today at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in New Orleans, the researchers investigated 49 women who had given birth at 50 or over between 1992 and 2004, after treatment with donated eggs at the USC clinic.

Each was matched with an IVF mother in her 30s and another in her 40s and all were sent questionnaires. The results showed no significant differences between the three groups on any of these measures. The oldest mothers suffered slightly fewer psychological problems than younger ones.

"If we look from the perspective of stress and physical and mental functioning, it doesn't seem like we can restrict parenting based on these reasons," Dr Steiner said.

Older women in the study tended to have younger partners and this may influence their ability to cope, she said.

Dr Paulson said opposition to older mothers rested not on evidence, but on prejudice.

The Times

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Anne Steiner和他的同事Richard Paulson共同指导了这项研究,她表示,目前在没有其他数据的情况下,我们有理由相信,武断的认为这个年龄的女性进行生育是错误的是不对的。






作者:admin@医学,生命科学    2011-08-14 05:14