Tuesday 25 July 2017

Older celeb mums

Whether it’s for career reasons or not, delaying motherhood into their 30s and 40s appears to be rather fashionable among female celebrities.

Older famous mums include actresses, singers, authors and politicians’ wives: for example, Madonna gave birth at 41; Celine Dion had twins at 42; Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding had babies at 46 and 48; and Cherie Blair had a baby at 45.

This trend attracted the ire of a leading consultant gynaecologist in the UK a couple of years ago.

“Women don’t know how these celebrities conceived – it could have been through egg donation,” said Professor Brian Lieberman, a consultant gynaecologist at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, the first IVF service to be set up within the NHS.

“Ordinary women see someone like Nicole Kidman having a child and they think they are all right. But it can’t be said often enough that women’s fertility falls with age and there’s no real way of preserving that fertility.”

Of course, following the birth of her daughter Sunday Rose in 2008 when she was 41, Kidman went on to experience fertility problems of her own, which may or may not have been age-related, and subsequently had a second child with her husband Keith Urban using a ‘gestational carrier’.

Going down the surrogacy route to have a baby is another popular method used by the stars. Dennis Quaid and wife Kimberly had twins this way, as did Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, and Ricky Martin, who is parenting solo and said he opted for surrogacy over adoption because “surrogacy was an intriguing and faster option”.

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