Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have found that older mothers with normal, full-term pregnancies — particularly first-time older mothers — were more likely to undergo Caesarean delivery than were younger women with similarly low-risk pregnancies. Read more: http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2007/nichd-08.htm
I am an Older mom – and I delivered by Cesarean because I had 18 hours of labor with only slow progress for the first 12 and no progress in the last 6. Turns out the World’s Cutest Baby was over 9 lbs AND facing upwards. No way that baby was coming out normally without endangering ONE or both of us. The operation was *frighteningly* quick and smooth. Auntie got to watch it all and reminds me on occasion “I got to see your guts!” I was shivering uncontrollably at the time and just happy all went well. Silver lining? WCB had none of the visible “squishing” effects like a pointy head or reddened face. Cute from the VERY beginning!