Should there be an age limit to giving birth?
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Risks are higher for a baby if the mother is older.
The risks are greater for a woman and her baby if she chooses to give birth later in life. According to scientists, it is better to give birth prior to the age of 35. After that age the risk of the baby developing birth defects such as Down’s syndrome increases. Figures released this week showed that the number of babies with Down’s syndrome has increased by 71 per cent in the last twenty years. Scientists have also discovered that other risks are associated when giving birth later in life. These include miscarriage, being infertile and high blood pressure or diabetes.
And therefore , the process is undertaken with greater caution(for older versus younger women) in developed Countries.
As far as poor people in underdeveloped countries are concerned men are not educated enough on contraception and any work in that direction has/would not bear much fruit.
People are generally well aware of the risks before they have babies. Choice is key concept that shouldn't be ignored. If a well-informed woman and her partner wish to have children despite the risk, they should have the Choice to do so.
As far as risk is concerned , every-time we eat we risk choking and dying , risks should be taken when to the risktaker , the benefits outweigh the costs.
Someone else will have to look after the child(ren) if the mother dies
Older women may pass away while their children are still relatively young. A woman who gave birth to twins at 66 years old died three years later. It is unclear who will look after the twins. The woman had lied about her age saying that she was 55 when she underwent fertility treatment in the US. Hopefully, relatives will now toake care of the twins.
This would be the case even if the mother is young.
And is greater for women under the age of 17 because their pelvic girdles have not naturally expanded enough to take the toll of a normal sized healthy baby/bambino/child.
A woman has the right to choose when she wants to have children
Women are increasingly choosing to have children in later life. They want to have a career first. It is hard for women to juggle a career as well as having children. Childcare is very expensive. In the UK, the average age of giving birth is around 29 years and the trend of giving birth later in life is likely to continue.
But if she is taking a fatal risk, relatives and other concerned parties should have a say and it is the responsibility of the N.H.S(national health service) or any other authority on health to look out for , take care of patients and keep them from making irrationally dangerous choices.
Suicide/murder/theft/rape is a choice but since at least one party will consequentially suffer gravely it is also a crime.
Women are tending to live longer
The life expectancy for women is increasing. It is likely that they live until their child at least reaches 18 years of age. If a woman chooses to have a child later in life, she is likely to be able to care for that child until he or she reaches adulthood. In the case of Carmela Bousada who died at the age of 66, three years after giving birth to twins, the life expectancy in Spain for a woman is 84 years old. There was a good chance that she would have lived to she her children grow up. An older mother will be able to care for her children in the same way that a younger mother is. Mothers can die at any age.
A research by Harvard on why women tend to live longer , claimed that reproduction/fertility play a huge role in the vast difference between male and female average ages at death.
Many older women find solace in holding a child or even a doll or cavorting with their grandchildren. Children make women happy and some men grumpy(especially at an older age/senescence )
What do you think?