What does it mean to be a good mother? Can older women do the job as well as younger ones? The answer, at least according to one new study, is a resounding "yes."
Last week, researchers at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, in New Orleans, La., presented a study showing that while women of advanced maternal age were at greater risk for obstetrical complications, once they became mothers they were just as capable of being good parents as younger women. Researchers at the University of Southern California looked at 150 women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who had used an advanced fertility treatment to conceive. All of these women conceived children between 1992 and 2004.