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    Default Older Fathers The Go Apparently!

    Boy, did my 44-year-old partner love this article from the UK"s Independent newspaper:


    For a young woman in search of a suitable partner, an older man could be a better bet for producing healthy offspring than a hormone-fuelled teenager, researchers have found.

    The largest study investigating the influence of paternal age on the chances of having a baby with birth problems has found that fathers under the age of 20 are at highest risk. Babies born to teenage fathers were 22 per cent more likely to die in the first four weeks and 41 per cent more likely to die in the first year than those born to fathers in their 20s. They were also up to 17 per cent more likely to be born early and have a low birth weight.

    There was no increased risk for babies born to older fathers, aged 40-plus.

    All the mothers in the study, published in the medical journal Human Reproduction, were aged 20 to 29, to eliminate the influence of maternal age.

    Professor Shi Wu Wen, of the Ottawa Health Research Institute, Canada, who led the study, said the findings had potentially serious implications. "Although the increased relative risks for most outcomes were small the magnitude of the risk to society could be huge, if the increases we found are truly attributable to paternal age."

    However, it was also likely that social factors played a part.

    Teenage fathers were more likely to be poorer than older fathers in their 40s, less well educated and less likely to bring their partners for antenatal care when potential birth problems could be anticipated. Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield, said: "It would be easy to point the finger at younger father's sperm and say that they were inadequate in some way.

    "But that bucks the trend of many studies that have shown there are increasing sperm DNA defects as men get older.

    "A far more convincing explanation for the finding in this study is that older men are simply better able to provide for their pregnant partners than younger fathers. It makes sense that babies born to older fathers probably have a better start to life."

    The generation gap

    Jonathan Dimbleby

    Dimbleby became a father again last year aged 62 when his second wife, Jessica Ray, 31, gave birth to a daughter, Daisy.

    Michael Douglas

    Douglas was 56 when his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, then 31, gave birth in 2000 to the first of the couple's two children.

    Heidi Klum

    The German supermodel was 30 when she gave birth to her first child, Leni, in 2004. Klum had already split from the child's father, Flavio Briatore, who was 54.

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    ~Belinda~ Guest


    My DP is 40 and we've just had our first. He is a great Daddy to Madeleine and provides for us in every way. He is mature, motivated, does so much around the house and we're financially stable.

    However, I'm sure there are so many young Daddy's out there too that provide just as much as an older partner can.

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    Apr 2008


    Hi my husband is 45,and we had our 5th baby last december 07,he helps out in any way possiable,loves being a dad,and shares his time with them all and is the main income earner in our house,he`s a top dad,not saying the young ones arn`t capable,mostly just lack of experience,but everyone deserves a chance in life and as long as the kids are well looked after who cares about ages!

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