Mothers over 50 on the rise

Marcia Cross out and about with her daughters Eden and Savannah in Brentwood Los Angeles in 2010....

Marcia Cross out and about with her daughters Eden and Savannah in Brentwood Los Angeles in 2010. She gave birth to twins at the age of 44.(WENN)

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The number of women giving birth after the age of 50 is on the rise, more than doubling in the last five years, according to British report. There are now three children born to a woman over 50 every week.

The rise has brought health fears as experts say older mothers are far more likely to suffer miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies, with their children also being more susceptible to genetic diseases. There is also a concern by the National Health Service in the U.K. that older mothers require more extensive and detailed medical care, according to midwives.

The increasing number of older mothers is thought to be linked to women deciding to focus on careers rather than settling down, while changes in medical advice and IVF treatment means more women are ready to risk waiting to start a family.

Another theory is that more women are beginning new relationships later in life and deciding to have children with their new partners. Any woman who chooses to have a baby over the age of 35 is considered an 'old mother' by medical professionals. Roughly 20% of babies are now born to a mother over 35, the highest rate since 1935.

Television star Tina Malone gave birth to a daughter, Flame, aged 50 earlier in 2014 after undergoing IVF treatment in Cyprus, while Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross gave birth to twins at the age of 44.


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