Late in Life Babies: Issues with Fertility and Age

Many young lovers picture their future as a fairy tale, falling in love, setting up house—and when they’re ready, simply getting pregnant. Few couples are prepared for the realities of fickle fertility.

Left to right: Professor Judith Daniluk and Emily Koert, Ph.D. candidate in Counselling Psychology

Left to right: Professor Judith Daniluk and Emily Koert, Ph.D. candidate in Counselling Psychology

“In the media, you see celebrities getting pregnant and having babies later in life—into their mid 40s and even 50s,” says Judith Daniluk, a professor of counselling psychology in the Faculty of Education. At this age, most women are not using their own eggs: “You’re not getting the full story and this is driving a lot of misperceptions.”

Daniluk is an expert in women’s sexual health and reproduction; as a counseling psychologist she works with men and women who are dealing with fertility decisions and challenges. She says many are surprised that getting pregnant, especially later in life, can be so difficult.

Read the full story by Heather Amos here.