An Australian study of more than 500 women aged 37 or older determined that age does increase a woman’s chances of developing postpartum depression, regardless of whether the child is conceived naturally or with infertility treatments. Catherine McMahon, who led the study, pointed out that assertions about the health of older mothers get distorted in the media, resulting in tons of misinformation. She told Reuters:
“Older mothers are frequently discussed in the media. There are a lot of myths, and limited empirical data.”
While there is evidence that older mothers have a greater risk of pregnancy complications, which can be linked to postpartum depression, “there is no research evidence to support these speculations” that age alone is a prominent factor. She did point out, however that middle-aged women are more susceptible to developing depression in general, which is a separate issue.
Throw that tidbit out the next time someone judges you for choosing to have your children later in life.