Dr. Pasquale Patrizio professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Yale School of Medicine and Director of the Yale Fertility Center says, that celebrities having babies over 40 years old, give American women false hopes that having a baby later in life is easy.
According to Patrizio, "Women should be given the appropriate information about postponing fertility, obstetric risks, and the limited success of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) in advanced age to allow them to make informed decisions about when, if at all, they hope to become pregnant."
Although Patrizio’s position sounds harsh, his underlying message is that women need to be educated with realistic and correct information about postponing fertility. Although he does not list all the risks, he does recommend oocyte freezing. If women have a life plan that includes career first and kids later, they should not use celebrities like Susan Saradon who had a child at 46, Jane Kaczmarek who had three kids between 42 and 47 years of age or even Cheryl Tiegs who had twins at 52 as inspiration if you are going to rely on fertility medicine. Since there was only a 9% success rate of IVF for women over the age of 42 in 2009, freezing your eggs when you are younger seems like solid advice.
Dr. Patrizio is pushing for aggressive education within the clinical setting so that women are given full disclosure of the facts and the process since People, Ebony, Vanity Fair and Elle magazines feature successful pregnancies later life without highlighting the struggles costs and risks.
Jaen Kaczmarek, 42,44, and 47