An international study of mums over 40 has concluded that older mothers make better parents.
The study revealed that children born to mums of forty-plus are less likely to be injured in accidents, less likely to be admitted to hospital, and more likely to have had all their immunisations.
The only downside to the finding was that they tended to be slightly more overweight than their counterparts with younger mums.
The annual conference of the Royal College of Paediatrics at the University of Warwick heard yesterday from paediatrician Alastair Sutcliffe who said the findings fly in the face of warnings from obstetricians about the dangers of delaying childbirth.
He told the delegates: It may be more difficult to have children late but once they have them older mothers do fantastically.'
What do you think?
Are you an older mum - or are you planning to become an older mum?
Do you think modern 40-something are much better placed to have babies than younger women?
More on Parentdish:
We recently spoke to Sharron Davies about 40-plus mums - read our interview here.
Celeb mums aged 35 plus
The rise of the older mum