2014 in review – late motherhood remains a hot topic

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

First of all I want to thank all those people who have taken time to read the posts on my blog over the year.  I hope you have found them interesting and informative, perhaps sometimes humorous and occasionally challenging .  The consistently most popular post viewed was not written in 2014 at all, although I have added quite a few links to it over the year.  Motherhood at 50 Without Egg Donation. Really? raises questions about female fertility that just don’t go away and are fuelled by numerous popular press items about women (often ‘celebrities’) over 45 giving birth for the first time.  What the articles don’t say is that these are either truly miracle babies or that the woman has conceived with the help of egg donation but is not willing to own up to having done so.  The basic truth is that despite increased good health and well-being, modern women’s fertile potential remains the same as her Victorian counterpart. She is born with a finite number of eggs.   These eggs age at different rates in individual women but by her early forties very few eggs are without chromosomal changes that would prevent a foetus developing normally – hence the high miscarriage rate in older women.  The more upmarket papers and magazines tell us that of course educated and intelligent women understand about their fertility deteriorating after 40 (or could be earlier) but time and again I come across or hear about from others in the fertility world, women who continue to believe that they will somehow be the exception or that IVF will enable them to become pregnant when they choose.  But IVF can only work with viable eggs and after the age of around 43, there is only a tiny percentage chance of a woman’s own eggs bringing about a live birth for the first time.

I am sure this won’t be the last time I will be writing about this topic as postponed motherhood is a feature of modern life that is not going to go away and I see happening in my own family as well as the wider world.

Some posts attracted a large number of comments.  Marilynn made the greatest number of these, and her long and often controversial posts attracted others.  Marilynn let me know a few months ago that she was withdrawing from her prolific commentaries on my blog and many others in order to concentrate on other parts of her life, so it will be interesting to see if anyone else takes up the baton in 2015.  Kinda miss her, kinda don’t!

F or 2015 in the donor conception world, I predict that there will be increased interest in half-siblings and making genetic connections with people who may or may not be thought of as family.  I’m looking forward to writing about this from both a personal and professional perspective as the year progresses.

In the meantime, if you are interested, take a look at the report that WordPress have produced about this blog and let me know if there are things that you would like to see me writing about.

Happy New Year.


About oliviasview

Co-founder and now Practice Consultant at Donor Conception Network. Mother to two donor conceived adults and a son conceived without help in my first marriage.
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