Older Moms, Teens and Their Eggs -- Links I Love

Cynthia Dermody
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Pregnancy related links that got my clicks today ...

The U.S. birth rate is down by about 3 percent overall, but the birth rate for older moms is still going up. Read The Stir's Kimberly's take on it. Women age 40 and older was the only group that saw an increase in 2008, the most recently year of data available, according to recently released stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Experts blame the declining overall rate on the bad economy and couples wanting to wait till they have more money. I'd suggest rethinking that plan ...

And as more women delay childbearing into their 30s and 40s, a greater number of them are freezing their eggs. The woman's eggs are extracted, gently dehydrated, and stored in liquid nitrogen. When the woman wants to become pregnant, the eggs are thawed, fertilized and transferred to the uterus as embryos. Brr, I feel cold.

Oh, wait ... back to that birth rate thing. There's good news in the fact that teen pregnancy is also on the decline. Maybe those abstinence programs are working after all. The bloggers at Salon.com disagree with that, I'm not surprised.

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