Just 20 years ago, there were virtually no women older than 50 giving birth, but that is changing rapidly. While it’s still far from a widespread phenomenon, their numbers have been rising every year: from just 144 U.S. women in 1997, to 677 in 2013, according to a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. While that only represents a tiny portion (0.02 percent) of all births in 2013, it is part of a trend of rising birth rates for older women in the last 20 years. While there are no numbers on what percentage of women over 50 used fertility treatments to get pregnant, the CDC says the increased birthrate among older women is linked to the use of fertility treatments and therapies, which could be anything from talking to a doctor to in-vitro fertilization. As these techniques become more popular and more advanced, experts expect those birth numbers to continue increasing thereby challenging society’s assumptions about age and motherhood.
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