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Kisane Slaney PhD

The Many Different Ways To Have A Baby


Having a baby over 40 is often discussed on websites in terms of women having had a natural birth or through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). This can leave women who become mothers in a different way feeling left out.   

So here I have put together a Printable (in two parts) as a free download for you, which lists 10 different ways women over 40 are having babies.    

But first…

I thought you might be interested in some statistics about the rise and rise of midlife mums! These stats are related to natural or assisted reproductive technology births 

However, they do demonstrate a shift in the Western World to women choosing to have babies later in life and that, of course, includes the different options in the list below. 

The Stats

The UK

Official figures in 2015 for England and Wales from the Office of National Statistics show that women over 40 are having more babies than the under 20s. The last time this happened was in 1947 in the wake of WWII!

Whilst fertility rates have dropped in all age groups under 25, the fertility rates are increasing for all age groups 30 and over.  In fact the average age of having a child in England and Wales is now 30.3 years!


According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA, between 2016 to 2017 the birth rate fell 2 per cent.  This is the lowest birth rate ever recorded in the country. However, midlife moms 40-47 are having more babies! The birth rate for women 40-44 rose 2 per cent in 2017. And the birth rate for women 45-49 rose 3 per cent!


It’s the same story in Australia, where statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that women over 40 are having more babies than ever before.

So now to the many different ways in which midlife women over 40 are having babies. 


10 Ways To Have A Baby Over 40

Today, women over 40 have 10 different avenues for becoming a midlife mom.

  1. Conceive Naturally
  2. Donor Eggs
  3. In Vitro Fertilization
  4. Embryo Adoption
  5. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
  6. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
  7. Surrogacy
  8. Adoption
  9. Blended Stepfamilies
  10. Fostering

For a snapshot of each category, click here to go to the download page for the Free Printable.

I do hope this helps all midlife mums feel included.

Have you felt ‘left out’ when visiting some of the midlife mummy websites? Let us know in the Comments below.

Take Care Of You

Kisane xxx

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The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said: “The trend towards older motherhood is here to stay, and there are many understandable reasons why women today are waiting longer to start or expand their families than those in previous decades.

“Rather than bemoaning this development, we should seek to understand and support the decisions women make.”



P.S. You might also like to read my post on how to survive the postpartum Baby Blues.

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