Essays on Pregnancy Considerations Term Paper
Pregnancy Consideration Pregnancy Consideration Recent statistics show that more women prefer to start their families later on in their lives when they get in their thirties. In 2004 for instance, 20% of all childbirths in the US were to women aged 35 and above, and in 2005, there were more babies born to women aged between 35 and 40 years than to any other age group (Mac Dougall, Beyene, and Nachtigall, 2012). With this trending gaining momentum, the average age for women getting babies is now estimated to be 31years, high above 27 years back in 1985. Getting a child for a woman during her late years like in the case of Marsha and Liam has both advantages and disadvantages
One advantage of getting a child after the age of thirty five among women is that by the age of 35, one would be both financially and intellectually stable to be able to put u[p a family and take care of her children. By the time one gets to 35 years, they have reached great heights in their careers and education and have greater financial security. In this case they would be willing to devote a lot of their attention to their children and family life (Toothman, Erica and Barrett, 2011 ).
On the other hand, there are also many disadvantages associated with late child birth. One of them is the health problems, including a decrease in levels of fertility thus risking the ability of women to conceive (Toothman, Erica and Barrett, 2011 ). The children born to older mothers are also likely to develop health complications.
Marsha and Liam seem to have developed fertility problems and find it hard to conceive children due to their older age. There are however various ways in with the couple can have babies despite their age. This can be achieved through medical procedures where a their sperm and ovum can be joined in a test tube and let to mature in to a test tube baby after which they will have the baby and raise it like any other baby (Toothman, Erica and Barrett, 2011 ).
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