Myth: Older moms risk not being around for their kids long term
On the other hand, Gregory notes, there are no guarantees at any age. And research suggests mothers who choose to delay childbirth actually live longer than other mothers, on average. That may be due to greater physical vitality, better access to health care or perhaps a will to stick around to see their children through. An article in the March 2005 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found that women who gave birth in their 40s are four times as likely to live to 100 as women who did not.