To objectively consider the overall impact of late motherhood on children there will need to look into scientific studies and statistics. The results obviously show that there positive rewards to be had; at the same time as negative ones bordering on emotions, health and financial matters.
Having children at a late age has positive as well as negative consequences. Women who have completed their education and have risen reasonably in their chosen careers have a lot to offer to their children. Due to their position they can adjust their work schedule to accommodate the welfare of their children which will be impossible for a junior worker. Some of them are self-employed, while some of them can decide to work at home. These older but better-established women have more time to spend with their children and more time to participate in their general well being. Where they cannot spare the time they have enough money to pay for help in the home.
A young mother faces more problems than well-established mothers who have achieved many of their goals. A young mother will probably need help in raising her children because she still attends a school or has to work and arrives home late especially if she does not have a family member who could help. The unfortunate issue is that she may not even afford to hire help due to poor financial position. By the time older mothers have a baby, they are usually financially secure, and can give their child a comfortable upbringing that is materially stable; and provide them with a quality education.
Young mothers don’t yet have much of life experience and wisdom to take into motherhood, whereas their older counterparts may have a level of knowledge and understanding that younger mothers have not got.
The positive side of younger mothers is that most of them have vibrant energy to play with the children as well as grow up with them. Unlike the women who wait until the late thirties or forties, they may not have the strength to handle energetic, exuberant children. Younger mothers are more likely to be fitter and to suffer from less related health complaints. Older mothers are more likely to have less energy to be able to cope with the demands of motherhood.
Patience is needed in breeding children. Older mothers are likely to be more patient with their children and calmer, providing a well-balanced home life. Even though they have much material and monetary wherewithal these do not make up for the time spent with children if the accomplished older mother and can not spend time with her children.
There could be medical problems, with women who become pregnant at a late age. To begin with, there is an increase in the likelihood of pregnancy loss. Some unborn babies never reach full term, and some children have been known to have larger heads or have caused complications to their mothers. Their mothers have to have cesarean delivery in the late forties, however, every woman does not experience this. However, some older women have given birth to perfectly healthy babies, and find no negative health problems associated with their child and late motherhood.
Leaving motherhood too late can increase the chances of a woman developing breast cancer, according to some studies. This idea was backed up in the twenties by the pioneering British doctor; Janet Lane-Claypon, whose research showed that the younger a woman was during her first pregnancy, the lower her chance of developing breast cancer.
According to Susan G. Komen for the cure website: “Women who give birth for the first time after the age of thirty are up to twice as likely to develop breast cancer as women who have their first child before the age of twenty.”
Information gathered by the Million Women Study, a study of 1.3 million women across Britain launched in 1977 by Professor Dame Valerie Beral, the director of Oxford University’s Cancer Epidemiology Unit, also indicates that pregnancy, when a woman is in her teens or twenties, can have a significant protective effect against breast cancer.
The later a woman gives birth to a baby the older she is and naturally brings her closer to her demise than if she had the baby at a younger age. This will make a child lose her support and love at a younger age. It makes it almost impossible for a child of an older woman having the joy of grandparents. But children of younger mothers enjoy longer period of support and love.
The impact of late motherhood on children can be either positive, negative or a mixture of the two aspects depending on the individual circumstances. There are women who purposely wait until they have become accomplished in their career, who become mothers and have done successfully. Women thinking about having children should weigh both the pros and cons of waiting so that they might be able to find a balance. Choosing whether to be an older mother or a younger one is not a light undertaking, however, most children born to older mothers are planned and desperately wanted, which is one of the most positive outcomes involved.