IS HAVING BABIES IN YOUR 40s TOO RISKY?
Dear Fr. Mattthew @ the Abbey,
Your question was passed along to me by Fr. Dan McCaffrey of NFP Outreach Ministries for comment. God gives us many gifts and blessings, including our fertility. Only you and your husband can prayerfully consider whether stewardship of your resources is sufficient reason to avoid using your fertility. Let me assure you from a medical standpoint that God balances the increased risk of genetic defects and pregnancy loss with reduced fertility. Having said that, I have delivered beautiful perfect children to couples in their 40's and babies who are less than perfect to much younger couples.
Hope this helps,
Mary W. Martin, M.D., FACOG