Births to older moms rise as teen birth rate drops


(CNN) She was the classic California woman who had everything: a thriving public relations firm, a loving husband and a core group of friends she could count on. The one thing missing: a baby.

Stacie Krajchir-Tom spent her 20s learning the ropes as a television producer and her 30s building her powerhouse career. By the time she reached her 40s, she was ready to start a family.
“Kris says it perfectly,” Krajchir-Tom said of her husband, Kristopher Tom. “He says, ‘We would have been fine without having a baby, but you wouldn’t have been fine.’ “
So the couple made plans to have their first child. They tried to conceive naturally, which led to three miscarriages and one fibroid surgery to remove benign tumors in Krajchir-Tom’s womb. They then tried intrauterine insemination, a fertility treatment in which sperm is placed directly inside a woman’s uterus — and the procedure worked.
Krajchir-Tom was pregnant at age 42.
“What did I feel? Elated, like a miracle had happened. Grateful, joyous and also very, very cautious,” she said.
As much as she loved being pregnant and watching the baby grow inside of her, she said, she also knew that having her first child in her 40s was high-risk.

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