Birth Your Way

Women over 35 are more susceptible to birth interventions. However, training for labor, finding providers who meet your needs, and good fortune can lead to a happy birth experience.

Do Not Sleep When the Baby Sleeps

The age old advice on surviving the early newborn days may not be that prudent.

Childless by Circumstances

Women without children are marginalized and stigmatized by western society. The irony is that they are often the pillars of our community, mothering in so many ways.

Prenatal Screening and the AMA Mom

Comprehensive prenatal testing is offered to women of all ages. It is important to understand what information it actually offers and how that will guide your pregnancy. This is particularly important for the over 35 mom who may feel more pressure to do it.

Child Free Holidays

Learning to reframe your thoughts, cultivate gratitude, and establish boundaries will help you navigate the holidays in a productive, happy, and healthy manner.

TTC During the Holidays

Holidays are a stressful time for many. Throwing fertility issues into the mix adds an extra component. We offer some advice on maintaining good mental health this season.

Our First Birthday

One year into blogging, Sharon reflects on what we have learned and our progress offering factual and helpful information to women over 35 who are trying to conceive. We also have a special announcement!

The Career Minded Mom’s Dilemma

Sharon further explores the tough decision many women face regarding career and children and offers advice on how to remain content if you choose to stay at home.

The True “Cost” of Delayed Childbearing

Sharon explores the financial, emotional, and relational consequences of having your children over age 35 and staying in the work force or staying at home.

Pre-empting Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression affects at least 10-15% of new mothers, and it may be more common among certain demographics. Plus, it is often underdiagnosed. Knowing that, how can you prevent it? Based on our review, the best advice is to: (1) find a good therapist and (2) exercise.

Going It Alone

Many women over 35 find themselves single and childless not by choice. Sharon offers some points to consider when facing the daunting decision of forgoing parenthood or becoming a single parent.

Sperm Donation: A Different Animal Than You Might Think

Emma used to have the inaccurate idea that sperm donors were largely anonymous and made a one-time contribution to their offspring’s lives. Also: what does the research say about the likelihood of getting pregnant with donor sperm?

The 3 Month Wait (or Not)

Sharon explores many factors beyond miscarriage risk in timing your pregnancy announcement.

The Marriage Hurdle

When we talk about having children later in life, break-ups are often part of the explanation.

Aging Sperm

Men, like women, experience a decline in fertility as they age. Most men are able to father children throughout their lifespan, however. We explore the data and give you some tips on talking to your husband about this.

A Season for Every Birth

Does it seem like siblings are born in the same month more often than you would expect? Apparently they are, for reasons that are poorly understood.

Dare to Parent Greatly

Emma and Sharon share their reflections on Brene Brown’s work and explain how it relates to parenting. Both conclude self compassion and awareness are far superior to any parenting expert.

Good News About Miscarriage

About 1-5% of women will experience more than one miscarriage for unknown cause. Although this is often a painful experience, two recent studies affirm that most of these women will go on to conceive healthy babies.

Moonlight, Red Sheets, and Pineapple Core

Sharon explores common superstitions about pregnancy and conception.

Managing Your Mind While Waiting For (or on) the Baby

We describe mindfulness and centering prayer techniques to help manage stress for mothers and women trying to conceive. But we are not being those annoying people who say, "Just relax."

The Power of Language

Adapting some simple cognitive behavior therapy techniques can reduce anxiety while you are trying to conceive.

Things That Probably Won’t Happen

Older pregnant women are practically encouraged to worry about all sorts of potential negative outcomes. It’s important to remember that these events are unlikely, no matter what your age. Let’s take Down Syndrome as an example.

I Don’t Want Kids if it Changes My Life Too Much

Don’t know if your marriage and career has time for children? You probably aren't alone.

The Truth About Twins

You probably knew that fertility treatments increased your chances of having twins but did you know being older does as well?

Sperm vs. Gravity

Researchers found that 30-40% of women believe that “laying on one’s back with hips raised can increase the change of getting pregnant” or “certain sexual positions can increase the chance of getting pregnant.” Emma investigates whether this a myth, or if there is some basis for it.

The Care and Maintenance of Women Trying to Conceive

Sharon offers some guidance on how to talk to the women in your life who are trying to conceive.

Penciling In Motherhood

Emma finds that a book about egg freezing leads to questions about how relationships patterns and attitudes toward parenting are changing.

How Long Should it Take To Get Pregnant?

In terms of baby making, some of us are tortoises and some of us are hares, but more than 90% of us between age 35 and 39 can conceive without medical interventions. So how long should you wait to seek help to find out if something is wrong?

Stressful Preconceptions

Pregnancy brings mixed emotions. Not all women who want children are overjoyed when they find out they're pregnant. It's normal, but it's not something people talk about very often.

How Hard Should You Try?

Have you ever wondered if you should use ovulation tests or take your temperature every morning? This post will shed some insight on timing sex for conception.