Adoption and a biological birth have been joined by a number of alternative methods that allow a woman to become a baby machine or a first-time mother whenever she chooses: 40, 50, 60… why not 70 years of age? Laura Wade-Gery a senior executive at M&S has just announced she is about to go on maternity leave at 50. Her husband, Simon Roberts is 67 – and late fatherhood has long been a pattern without much comment.
The couple’s route to parenthood is rightly nobody’s business but their own. However the announcement has revealed yet again the lack of real debate around much older motherhood – a business pregnant with complications.