F.Y.I -- A.M.A!
As you may have read in Sunday's Times, more women are having children after age 35 than in their teens.
According to this Pew Research Center study, since 1990, the birth rate for older moms has jumped dramatically while the teen rate has dropped. Not only is the declining birth rate among teenagers a definite positive, but the study revealed that “births to women ages 35 and older grew 64 percent between 1990 and 2008, increasing in all major race and ethnic groups.”
Now that there are more of us out there, might we come up with less harsh nomenclature? “A.M.A” is the horrific gynecological label, “Advanced Maternal Age” that a particularly cruel and now surely celibate doctor came up with to describe women 35 and older who are expecting.
Seriously, Advanced Maternal Age? It sounds like the official cause of death on an autopsy record. Surely we can come up with something a bit more dignified.
How about something like E.T.R.F.P? (Eligible to run for President.) Or, M.P.S.W.B.R.S.? (My prom song was by Rick Springfield.) Too cumbersome? Ok, how about B.U.N.? (Born Under Nixon.)
We could use a real word to stand for something else like, “Lovely.” (Lady of Vintage Expecting Little Youngen.) “Oh my, she is lovely, isn’t she?” See how much better that sounds? “She sure is P.R.E.T.T.Y!” (Pregnant and Ravishing Even Though Thirty-five Years.)
Whatever we come up with, let’s just please let A.M.A R.I.P.
-- Tracey Henry, the Suburban Diva
[Nicole Kidman was 41 when she gave birth to her daughter Sunday Rose in 2008]
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