Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

First Childbirth and Motherhood at Post Fertile Age: A Persistent and Intergenerational Experience of Personal and Social Anomaly?

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

First Childbirth and Motherhood at Post Fertile Age: A Persistent and Intergenerational Experience of Personal and Social Anomaly?

Article excerpt

Israeli health policy ensures state financed fertility treatment for women till age fifty-four, despite the lack of empirical data regarding psychosocial outcomes of first childbirth at post fertile age. The aim of this study was to understand the long term psychosocial implications of childbirth for women at post fertile age and their perception of effects on their children.

Twenty Israeli women, in a purposive sample, were interviewed in a qualitative study, from August 2008 to March 2009. Average age at childbirth was forty five (range 41-65), all were mothers of healthy singletons, aged eight and a half years on average (range 3-17) at the time of the interview.

Findings show that childbirth at post fertile age does not resolve the sense of stigma related to infertility. Participants continued to perceive themselves as irregular during pregnancies, most of which were high risk. This persisted into motherhood when they viewed themselves as anomalous in comparison to younger mothers of children of similar age and to women of their own age who were grandmothers. …

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