Famous mums who are over the age of 40
Maura Derrane (43) gave birth to her first child in May. The arrival of baby boy Cal was not straightforward as Derrane suffered from placenta previa and required an emergency C-section six weeks before her due date.
The RTE personality had lost several litres of blood in a huge hemorrhage, requiring doctors to perform an emergency Caesarian, something Derrane has spoken publicly about in an effort to raise awareness about the condition, which occurs when the baby's placenta partially covers the opening in the mother's cervix. We are happy to report that mother and baby are now doing well and mum is back at work on RTE's Today show.
Halle Berry had her second child, Maceo, at age 46 . She was 42 when she gave birth to daughter Nahla in 2008. "It's a whole new life for me all over again, having a new little baby," she said last year. She added that, staring into her 50s, she was unlikely to try for a third chid. "I'm surprised I had the one I just had. So I doubt God is going to bless me again. I think I'm done."
Never one to pay great attention to the aging process Madonna has become a mother three times over since turning 40. She was 42 when she gave birth to her second child, Rocco and since adopted David and Mercy.
Julianne Moore had turned 41 when her second child Liv was born in 2001. Moore lives with Liv, son Caleb and husband Bart Freundlich, in Greenwich Village in New York.
Susan Sarandon didn't think she could have children, having been diagnosed with endometriosis in the 1980s. She was nearly 40 when she had her first child, a daughter, followed by two boys when she was 42 and 45 respectively.
Salma Hayek, who's married to French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault was 41 when she gave birth to daughter Valentina in September 2007. She says pregnancy changed the way she saw herself. "That's when I started appreciating my body. The things that I used to criticise, they were not that bad after all."
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