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The number of Australian women having a baby later in life has tripled in the past 30 years and births to women over 40 have doubled in the past decade. Later life mothers are also the fastest growing demographic in Britain and the US and one quarter of Australian women who have a baby later are doing so for the very first time.
Serena's own Better Late Than Never Baby was born when she was 43. This book shares the story of the incredible odds he defied to get here and the unimaginable adventure that mid-life motherhood created.
If you're about to become an older mpther or in a position to support a new mid-life mum, this is the book for you.
Thought-provoking and with splashes of humour, this invaluable resource covers a range of topics and tackles some highly relevant questions.
How will my age impact on my pregnancy and my baby?
Are all the medical risks relevant to me
Will I find it harder to adjust?
What can I expect regarding fatigue and how can I reduce it?
Does my child need a sibling
What about the MAD (Mature Age Dad)?
This book is extensively researched, filled with valuable contributions from other older mothers, and brimming with practical, fresh and insightful advice.
This book was a great read. I am an older mother myself and could totally relate to what Serena was talking about. I loved the humor and the strategies for raising an only child . My husband read the chapter on the older dads and has already follow some of the suggestions Serena suggests.
Read this book!
Issues of later motherhood need to be talked about and explored more. I'm very grateful to Serena Kirby for sharing her story. She recounts with humour and touching honesty her days of discovering pregnancy and adjusting to the new challenges of parenthood. The book explores all the issues that arose from a touching and personal perspective, but weaves in testimonies and stories from other older age first time mums, along with the emerging scientific research. All the key issues are explored; pregnancy and birthing risks, adjustment, fatigue, identity, life style changes, relationship strain, social expectations. Serena investigates the topic fully, turning to specialists and other mothers for insights, and shares a lot of very wise and practical advice of her own.
I believe the current trend towards later life parenting is an extremely important matter to explore and discuss. I recommend this book to anyone with any social or personal interest, concerns, or preconceptions on the subject.
Serena Kirby has written a very useful and enjoyable book with perfect consideration for the time poor parent or parent to be. The book is consistently energetic and to the point. The chapters are organised for easy skim reading. You can try to dip in and out but rest assured the story will draw you in!
Better Late Than Never Baby
ISBN: 9780987536525 ISBN-10: 0987536524 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 140 Published: 1st July 2013 Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.23