Women choosing to have kids later in life stigmatized by medical guidelines

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A study by a Concordia University professor says Canadian medical guidelines on pregnancy can stigmatize women who choose to have children later in life.


(The Canadian Press/ CTV News) — As more and more Canadian women choose to have children later in life, a recent study suggests that pregnant women aged 35 and older tend to be stigmatized by medical guidelines and public policies.

“There’s a lot of emphasis on biomedical risks,” said research co-author Francesca Scala, professor of political science at Concordia University.

It is true that some risk factors increase with age. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) cites “premature birth, low birth weight, miscarriage, placenta previa, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, cesarean birth” as problems that become more common. (…)

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