Women waiting later to give birth

Women waiting to have first child

Pop star Janet Jackson recently made headlines when she announced that she was pregnant at the age of 50.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women like Jackson are choosing to wait to have children.

The CDC stated that the number of women 35 and older who gave birth rose over 23 percent.

Eden Tomberlin gave birth to her first child Lily one month ago.

“I was a little nervous about getting pregnant at my age. I am 37, but I had heard a lot about the advances in medical technology and medical care and that women are having children later these days, and felt really comfortable with it,” said Tomberlin.

Doctors told that there were risks involved.   

“I just heard that it was harder to get pregnant the older you are, but we were very lucky to get pregnant almost immediately,” said Tomberlin.

However, she isn’t alone.

According to the CDC, over the past few decades, the United States continue to have a larger number of first births to older women and fewer births to mothers under age 20 from 2000-2014. I headed over to the Women's Health Institute of Macon to see if that was the case.

“More and more women are going into the workforce, and more and more women are going into positions of power and taking a more delay in childbirth until they are set in whatever their career plans are,” said Dr. Emeka Umerah.

An OBGYN for 17 years, Dr. Emeka Umerah says he noticed the age change over the years. He says there are several risk factors involved with waiting. They include possible hypertension along with possible increases in, 'Birth defects, stillbirths, chromosomal abnormalities,” said Umerah.

 Tomberlin says that being married contributed to her waiting to have her daughter. She's on maternity leave but is enjoying her precious moments with her daughter.

“Motherhood has been the biggest blessing in my life. It's been amazing,” said Tomberlin.

Tomberlin plans to have another child in about a year or two.


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