Who's Fit to Be a Parent?

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Older mothers

TEST TUBE ROW AS MOTHER, 50, HAS BABY BOY

The controversy within the medical profession over infertility treatment for older women deepened today after it was revealed that a patient of 50 gave birth to a boy last year and another is expecting her first baby in June.

…Dr Abdalla refused to give any information about the women, except that both are 'English and middle-class' and were 49 when they became pregnant.

…'You have to consider each case on its merits. It's not only a medical question but a moral and social problem.'

But some doctors are worried that ethical considerations are being neglected. Dr Gerald Swyer, a pioneer of IVF treatment, said 'It's very worrying. The obvious problem is that of very aged parents-when the child is 10 they will be 60.'

(Martin Delgado, London Evening Standard 9/3/92)

Having children in later life is regarded as inappropriate and often provokes hostility-if you are a woman. More and more women are putting off childbearing until their thirties-and then sometimes discovering that it takes longer to become pregnant. Men and women are also likely to have children later as a result of changing relationships: the breakdown of one followed perhaps by a gap before another stable relationship is formed can add several years to the time a person first becomes a parent. Once they become pregnant, older women and their babies are labelled as a high risk and subject to more medical intervention and supervision than younger mothers, with more likelihood of being offered abortions.

Prior to the 1920s there was little stigma attached to having children later in adult life-there were probably many 50 year olds caring for young offspring. Most women continued their childbearing for as long as they were fertile because lack of effective contraception gave married women little alternative. The development and social acceptance of modern contraceptive methods and the increase in medical involvement in obstetric care has shifted attitudes towards older mothers. Doctors started recording the ill health and complications they observed in older mothers and their newborn babies and advised smaller, planned

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - Parents on Trial 5
  • 1 - The State Versus Parents 7
  • 2 - Other People's Children 38
  • 3 - Parents Apart 63
  • 4 - Playing God 96
  • 5 - Key Themes from Part I 117
  • Part II - Parents on the Edge 129
  • 6 - Disabled Parents 133
  • 7 - Mentally Handicapped Parents 151
  • 8 - Drug Addicted Mothers 168
  • 9 - Gay Parents 177
  • 10 - Teenage Mothers 189
  • 11 - Older Mothers 197
  • 12 - Single Mothers 205
  • 13 - Lone Fathers 217
  • 14 - Working Mothers 225
  • 15 - Black Parents 239
  • 16 - Key Themes from Part II 261
  • Part III - The Job Description 269
  • 17 - The Ideal Model and the Actual Model of Fit Parenting 271
  • 18 - Implications of the Actual Model of Fit Parenting to Assessment 281
  • 19 - Looking Forward 300
  • Bibliography 303
  • Index 309
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