Should women have babies in their 50s?

Doctors say society’s views of aging needs to change.

“The 40 and 45-year-old of today is not the 40-year-old of the past; the 50-year-old [today] is not the same of the past,” said Dr. John Jain, a physician at the Santa Monica (California) Fertility Clinic who has treated age-related infertility for 15 years. “They’re eating healthy. A woman who is 45 is barely halfway through [her] life.”

Healthy or not, having a child at that age can cause tremendous stress on the body…

But if a woman who claims to be 55 is actually in her mid-60s — as Bousada reportedly did — what’s a doctor to do? Not much, physicians say.