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When Is It Too Old/Young To Have A Baby?
 
# 1 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 20:10
 
 
After the Celine Dion thread, as well as a few others on elderly mothers recently, it started me thinking on what is too young and too old to have a child?
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# 2 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 20:13
 
 
Depends were your from in parts of this world pretty much after your first bleed. In the west I would say in your late twenties IMO
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# 3 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 20:18
 
 
It depends very much on many things, not just geography.
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# 4 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 20:19
 
 
I think that people mature at different ages so its hard to give a definite answer. Id say around 24 is probably a good age to start
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# 5 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 20:23
 
 
@ 4Paul, are there really that many cultures who start that early? I know of the early marriages, but I thought the babies were kept until they were about 15 or so. First periods can come as early as nine.
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# 6 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 20:28
 
 
A woman's biological system will determine when,and for how long she
may produce children.
But what determines the emotional maturity ?

Many teenage mothers have great success in childraising, as do many older women.

If the mother is a responsable caring individual, age has no boundaries.
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# 7 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 20:31
 
 
Someone said :
@ 4Paul, are there really that many cultures who start that early? I know of the early marriages, but I thought the babies were kept until they were about 15 or so. First periods can come as early as nine.

I don't know if there are many but Afghanistan is one place where it happens, and the man may be from 15 to 60 I know child abuse here and there but just not against any law.
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# 8 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 20:32
 
 
I think its unfair and wrong that older (50+) women have IVF to have children when they have a statically significant chance of dying before the children are emotionally capable of process the loss (18+++) and before the children have reached maturity (18+)
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# 9 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 21:26
 
 
too young,12. too old,45-50.
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# 10 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 21:27
 
 
14!
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# 11 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 21:41
 
 
Too young; when you are not capable of supporting a child (18+)
Too Old ; when there is a risk of you not being there for the child's whole childhood (when nature decides your too old)
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# 12 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 23:19
 
 
Let nature talk.
Enough of the nature is wrong crap. Nature is always right.
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# 13 : Wednesday 19-8-2009 @ 23:21
 
 
it is in its hole when they are only kids themselves!!
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# 14 : Thursday 20-8-2009 @ 11:12
 
 
Someone said :
it started me thinking on what is too young and too old to have a child?

Many valid points were raised.

Here's my honest input on this.

As well as the physical and emotional maturity of the prospective parents in question, they would need to be able to rear the child.

-Will there be support for the young/old mother?
-Will the child be surrounded by positive role models?
-Will the child achieve his or her full potential?
-The traditional 'standard' age of first pregnancy.

Society has a large role to play in this. In countries where polygamy is practised, the average age of the first pregnancy tends to be earlier than where it is not practised. (This is not to say that girls of 13 and 14 do not get pregnant in Western countries. They DO, however, this is beside the point.)

Reasons for this is that the other more experienced women/wives in the family would be more likely to be on hand to offer support and help when needed.

In the western world... it depends on the individual person whether they get support or not. Very often, after the birth, the woman is overwhelmed with support and people come to croon over the baby, then leave, leaving the woman to deal with the infant. In fact, the best time to offer help to the new mother is a month after the baby is born, as all the attention would be gone. Yes, the initial attention would be more likely be on the baby, and not on the mother.

When the child grows up, will he or she be surrounded by loving, positive role models? THAT is the core of the matter.

Too young? Too Old? If you are not emotionally/physically mature enough to give the child the best start in life, or the means to achieve his or her full potential, then you are too young. If you are no longer able to ensure the child achieve his or her full potential, then you are too old.
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# 15 : Thursday 20-8-2009 @ 19:03
 
 
Someone said :
14!

Is that too old too?
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