Midwives chief blasts 'terrifying' birth figures
Women over the age of 40 who have babies face only a "relatively small increase in risk", a leading midwife has said.
Cathy Warwick, outgoing chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, questioned why people were "terrifying" women about having babies later in life.
She told the Sunday Telegraph: "Even if you have your baby at 42 or 45, it's a relatively small increase in risk to you if you're otherwise healthy.
"I'm not sure why we're quite so worried about the age issue, and I'm not sure we should be terrifying women about it. The thing I feel sad about for women is if they leave childbearing later and then can't conceive."
Research published in May found that older mothers are more likely to suffer severe complications during childbirth.
The authors said women who consider delaying having children until they are aged in their 40s should be alerted to the findings.