More women are deciding to have a family later in life, often putting off marriage, choosing their career or education over starting to have children. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more women 40 years old and older are having kids than in the past four decades.
It's a choice that doesn't come without some challenges. Medically, infertility rates are higher as women get older and also the risk of disorders pose a threat in kids born to older parents.
Dr. Faith Szalay-Graves struggled for six years to conceive, tried in vitro fertilization several times, and finally had her first baby at 40 years old. She says it was "a struggle, and often a tough, sad road." She says women dealing with infertility treatment feel "isolated and lonely." But she says to "keep at it and keep trying, they will find some fulfillment in one shape or form."
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies says the rate of IVF attempts increased 50% among women over 41 between 2004-2011.
The average cost for IVF is roughly twelve thousand dollars per cycle.
Dr. Szalay-Graves says despite the difficult road to conception, having a beautiful family is well worth it.