Sunday, June 25, 2006

Age of Birth Mother Effects How Long the Child Lives? WTF?

I find this very disturbing.

According to two researchers from the University of Chicago's Center on Aging, if a woman has a child before the age of 25, the odds that her child will live to 100 - or at least, longer - double. In other words, the age that a mother has her child can have a dramatic impact on how long that child will live.

What about all the old farts like myself somewhere in their 30's who want a child but haven't found the right guy yet? Or who really aren't economically stable enough to have one on her own?

What kind of implications does this have?

I am in that weird ether space between thinking that all the health statistics that say that women who don't have kids by 33 are screwed health-wise are more feeding into the patriarchal, Stepford Wives wannabe society that we live in...and really being worried about it. My gyno says that I do have something to be worried about...

And now this. So, because I didn't bite the bullet and have a child with either one of two very EX ex-husbands, or some random boinkable guy, I will be the cause of my child kicking the bucket/having downs syndrome/being a sociopath early if I end up having him/her later in life? And I'll probably get breast/cervical/uterine cancer?

Thanks. I feel so much better now that I know the full scoop.

3 Comments:

Blogger Maritza said...

Poo on statistics! My mom had my sister at 47 and Vanessa has turned out to be the smartest, tallest and overall healthiest of all us kids! My dad was 59 at the time so these old geezers used their very own old egg and ancient sperm to creat a child who has turned out magnificently.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous insider said...

1. Agree, pooh on the statistics. What they don't say is how much of a better parent that someone in their 30's might be versus someone younger. Sometimes people just aren't ready to be a good parent and thus waiting is best for all.

2. Don't forget adoption--domestic or foreign. There are a lot of kids who need parent(s) and just by the fact that you are asking the questions you are makes me feel you'd be a better parent than most.

3. Like the site, particularly the song of the day. May have to borrow the concept.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Billychic said...

Thank you both, your comments made me feel a wee bit better!
:)

Glad you like the site. Thanks so much.

3:56 PM  

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