Delayed Child-Bearing Risks
Original Air Date:
Friday, January 27, 2012
Alberta has the country's highest premature birth rate, in part because more people start families later - have we been misled?
One in five first time mothers is now over the age of 35. With delayed childbirth comes an increases risk of complications, and Alberta is now leading the country with the highest rate of preterm births.
Research shows putting off having children can cost the healthcare system money, and put mother and baby at risk of complications. Experts agree more fertility education is needed, but there's an ethical line between informing and telling women when to have children.
What do women need to know when planning career, relationships, and family? What more can be done to help families and the healthcare system find balance between the right time, and the healthiest time to have a baby?
Joining us for this discussion is Dr. Laura Shanner, Bioethicist for the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta; Dr. Suzanne Tough, Faculty of Medicine with the University of Calgary and Leader of the Alberta Innovates Preterm Birth and Healthy Outcomes Research Team; and Dr. Aisling Mahalingham, Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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