Episode 084: Of Advanced Maternal Age

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Okay, old woman, let’s see how baby’s doing, m’kay? Photo by Daquella manera

This time, Kaci McCleary, Lisa Wehr, and Cory Christensen are joined by CCOM alumna Yolanda Villalvazo to talk about what it’s like to have your doctor call you ‘old’ at 39. Two terms are used for moms over 35: ‘geriatric OB patient,’ and ‘advanced maternal age.’ How does that affect moms? How does it affect moms who are physicians, and what are the tensions then between doctor-mom and doctor?

What decisions can and should be made to avoid over-medicalizing pregnancy and birth? And, as a Latina, how have Yolanda’s cultural ideas on pregnancy factored in to her thoughts on maternity?

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