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Don't be terrified of having baby after 40, says expert

Mirror logo Mirror 4/09/2017 Tom Parry

Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Images Europe The risk to all women over 40 giving birth is far too small to worry about, an expert claims.

Royal College of Midwives chief executive Cathy Warwick spoke out after a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine warned would-be mums aged between 40 and 44 have a 0.9% higher chance of developing complications such as kidney failure and obstetric shock than younger ones.

She said: “It’s a relatively small increase in risk if you’re otherwise healthy.

“I’m not sure why we’re quite so worried about the age issue, and I’m not sure we should be ­terrifying women about it.”

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Singer Geri Halliwell had a healthy baby boy, Monty, at 44 with husband Christian Horner in January.

But the study warned the risk of problems increases to 1.6% for mums between 45 and 49 and to 6.4% for those over 50.

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