Is everything you thought about older mothers wrong? The number of women giving birth past 40 has trebled in a decade – and provocative evidence…


The number of women giving birth past 40 has trebled in a decade – and provocative evidence suggests they make BETTER mothers

1:59 AM on 21st October 2011

Experience over youth: Juliet le Page, 52, with her son Rafe, five, who was conceived using an egg donor

Experience over youth: Juliet le Page, 52, with her son Rafe, five, who was conceived using an egg donor

Outcry: Barrister Carole Hobson caused a stir when she gave birth to twins aged 58

Outcry: Barrister Carole Hobson caused a stir when she gave birth to twins aged 58

Test tube babies: Most babies borne by older women are conceived using IVF, often with egg donation

Test tube babies: Most babies borne by older women are conceived using IVF, often with egg donation

Evolution of the species: Charles Darwin had 10 children with his wife, Emma, the last born when she was 48

Evolution of the species: Charles Darwin had 10 children with his wife, Emma, the last born when she was 48