This morning it occurred to me that the term “advanced maternal age” is as outdated/antiquated as the term “old maid or spinster.” In the medical community, if a woman becomes pregnant or gives birth after age 35, the physician will most likely write Advanced Maternal Age (AMA)on her chart.
I compare this to the antiquated/outdated term “spinster or old maid” which was frequently used to describe the martial status of a single woman. Spinster or old maid is an offensive term for a woman who has remained single beyond the conventional age of marrying. From my research, I found “spinster or old maid”was written on marriage licenses in England until 2005!
I say it’s past time that American medical community drop the AMA term from medical documents just as the English dropped the term spinster/old maid from marriage licenses! Did you know the advanced maternal age term was coined over 30 years ago? Needless to write, things have changed over the last 30 years. Women are pursuing their education and career goals, marrying later and giving births to healthy babies later in life.
While it is true that some women experience complications in pregnancy after 35, it is equally true that most healthy women experience a healthy pregnancy after age 35.
Medical experts now agree “age alone does not predict risk, but several lifestyle factors, such as family history, socio-economics, and demographics have major impacts on the well-being of the mother and infant.”
Considering that more women are giving birth for the first time after age 35 than ever, we need a more modern term, a less dated term, a “makeover” term. Personally, I prefer the term that I coined when I gave birth to my first and second child in my early and mid 40s: InSeason Mom! What do you think?