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Linda de Lange
When Linda de Lange gave birth to her fourth son, one month away from her 48th birthday, the unplanned pregnancy divided her family and friends.
“From some of my female friends, there was immediate hysterical laughter – they would say it was their worst nightmare. Others were very jealous. At that stage in life, the choices are being taken away from you. I became aware that quite a few women I knew had a secret yen for another child,” she says.
But that was nothing compared with the response from her doctor. “My GP said: ‘I’ve never met anyone as old as you who has given birth.’ That was really not helpful,” says Mrs de Lange, laughing now, eight years after Benjamin was born.
There was one more tricky audience to face. She and her husband, Matthew, had to tell their three sons – then aged between 15 and 20 – who were, she says, “pretty disgusted” by the thought of what their parents had been up to.
While pregnancies at such an age remain rare, Mrs de Lange and her family are part of a fast-growing trend. Last week, official figures revealed that rising numbers of conceptions among older women have helped drive the biggest baby boom since 1964. Among the over-forties, the conception rate has more than doubled in two decades, with almost 28,000 such cases in 2010, excluding those that ended in miscarriage.
Jade Awdry made the decision just 23 minutes after Zachary was born.
Clutching him in her arms, the 33-year-old leaned across to a midwife and asked of there was anything that could be done to help others.
Soon after, Zachary's heart valves were used to save the life of a baby with a genetic heart condition.
The selfless decision came to light after an inquest into baby Zachary's death. A coroner heard that he had needed to be delivered by caesarian section and that his skull had been fractured.
Coroner Peter Bedford however attributed no blame to anyone over the new-born's death, adding that there was no evidence that the management or method of delivery was inappropriate.
On Sunday, Zachary's father Keith Mitchell told how the couple had come to their decision.
"Jade had been holding Zachary for about one or two minutes when she asked a midwife if she could do something to help others," said the 38-year-old.
"She was very generous and donated Zachary's heart valves.
"We received a letter about two weeks ago from the Organ Transplant Team telling us that one of Zachary's valves had been used on a child with a genetic heart condition.
"This saved a child's life, which was the best thing that could have happened in our situation."
Keith, a marketing director, said he was the one who broke the tragic news of Zachary's passing to Jade in what was the hardest thing he has ever had to do."To tell Jade after the delivery when she had been waiting for her baby to be wrapped up and brought to her was traumatic," said Keith,
100 Ways To Love Your Husband
Having made it to many reasons, I decided to take a bit of a breather, and post a list that somebody else has made. This one is more proactive: rather than focusing on what your spouse does (or doesn't do) to show love to you, try listing ways that you can love him or her instead.
Discuss this list with your husband. Ask him to check the ones most meaningful to him and then arrange them in order of importance to him. Use this list as a basis for learning his views. Your relationship can be greatly strengthened as you use these suggestions.
1. Communicate with him respectfully.
2. Regard him as important and let him know he's important to you.
3. Do everything you can to at least understand his feelings—even when you disagree with him.
4. Be interested in his friends and occasionally give him time with them (if they are trust-worthy men).5. Ask for his opinion and let him know you value what he says.
He Is My Hottie!
Today, at work, one single female friend remarked to another single female co-worker, "There's a real Hottie"! (Cute Guy) I was standing within earshot, and I looked up with a quizzical look on my face. Mary asked me, "Did you see the Hottie?" I still registered a blank face, so she repeated herself. Finally, I asked, "What hottie?" As soon as the word passed my lips, the meaning of the word dawned on me, and I laughed out loud. "Oh Mary," I quipped, "I'm immune to hotties. I never notice them." I joked about having my head in my paperwork, and how focused I stay on my work. Then, I said, "I think my husband is a real "hottie" so I never have to look at any other guys."
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