i'm not sure if this is the best category for my questions, but i'm hoping this is the best fit. i'm almost 40 and considering having a second child within the next 2 years. i'd like to have a home birth, and i'm wondering if anyone knows if the so-called risks of homebirth increase with the mother's age? i'm also in confusion about having an amnio. i can't find specific info showing the percentage of children born with down's to older moms, and i also can't find info explaining the specific causes of down's (i know it's caused by a chromosome anomaly, but what causes that anomaly? and how does it link to the mom's age? and are there preventive measures?) finally, i'd plan on child-led (assuming long-term) nursing, and i wonder what health problems that can cause for an older mom. if anyone has any info or can point me to reference sites/books that address these issues in laypersons' language, i'd be be soooo appreciative. thanks!
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2/3/02 at 3:59pm