Da Brat just announced that she’s carrying her first child at 48 years old, talk show host Tamron Hall recently had a baby at 48, and Chili from TLC is rumored to be thinking of having a baby at 52 years old, with her much younger boyfriend actor Matthew Lawrence. Usually, people are planning for retirement vs planning for tuition when they near the age of 50, but more and more women are opting to have children later in life.

Things have definitely changed for the modern woman; you have successful careers and businesses, so many times the thought of having a child or starting a family is pushed to the back burner for awhile. In the past, many women felt that they could have one or the other, not both. However celebs like Janet Jackson, Halle Berry and super model Naomi Campbell are living testaments that you can have your cake and eat it too, even if that means waiting until you’re in your 40’s or 50’s to start or expand your family.

Also, many women have achieved their goals professionally by the time they reach their 40’s and 50’s, which puts them in a position to be able to afford to have and raise a child, and many are choosing to do that without a father or mate in the picture. Many women are achieving the goal of motherhood through artificial insemination, and many of the donors are anonymous. Not all women dream of being married, with a small house with a picket fence and 2.5 kids with a family dog. Women today dream of and achieve careers as CEO’s, CFO’s and Presidents of companies, while having a happy home life complete with children.

There may be more risks involved with having a child later in life, but the advances in medicine and technology help to reduce those risks. Do you think that having your first born in your 40’s or 50’s is too old and unfair to the child, or do you think age has nothing do with your ability to provide a loving and nurturing home for a child?