Its a mother of an evolutionlaunching Mothers Day 2011.If youre on a journey of motherhood after 40whether via natural fertility, IVF, egg donation, surrogacy, adoption, or youre parenting in progressits your time to stand up and be counted.
On May 8th, we invite all women who have become mothers after 40along with those who wish to beto join the community of A Child After 40 at Flower Power Mom.
A Child After 40 will empower women and mothers over 40 by uniting them and getting the message out to the rest of the world that its time for change.
Its time to expose the truth about motherhood after 40. Learn about cultural discrimination, social isolation and the secret strengths of women who dare to be mothers in midlife.
Watch the videoA Child After 40and hear the voices of what has, until now, been a silent and growing maternal army.
In 2010, the CDC reported that the only age group in the United States to show a RISE in birth rate were women over 40.
I have a theory that everyone is now just 1 or 2 degrees away from a mother over 40 or a woman whos going to be.
We talk of supporting the next generation of children who are faced with saving a planet nearly crucified by human greed.
Whos empowering the mothers who will raise them? A growing number of them are mothers over 40.
The evolution of women having children later is bringing change at the bedrock of our culture.
And take heed: The same sort of people who now criticize usaccuse us of being selfish granny-moms who put their careers firstwill one day wake up and find themselves calling us Mom.
To paraphrase Horton, a mother is a mother, no matter how old. Respect comes with the job.
So far, weve kept our lips zippered about our journeyhow challenging it can be facing motherhood, aging and the generation gap, all at the same time.
Sadly, weve bought into a culture of ageism and discriminationthe shame of daring to fulfill our dreams of motherhood when we should be sinking gracefully beneath the wrinkling decay of old age.
In fact, the popular image of older mothers has become a cultural archetype.
Or even become a caricature someone like Eunices mama from The Carol Burnett Show, complete with a blue rinse and Coke-bottle bottomed spectacles, whacking anybody with her handbag who dares to speak out of turn.
So far, weve swallowed it, laid in the childbearing beds we made for ourselves and kept schtum.
Because theyve made us feel like the queens of Advanced Maternal Age hiding at the back of the auditorium full peaches-and-cream complexioned Young Homecoming Moms.
But those days are over now.
Our numbers are growing. Our voices will be heard. Were making our mark on the modern family, despite being discriminated against, at times even vilified, by public and press because of our age.
A new hybrid is emergingone that fuses a mothers devoted heart with a grandmothers ageless wisdom.
Now, thats as good as it gets!
Isnt it time for the truth about motherhood after 40?
On Mothers Day 2011, celebrate the journey of motherhood after 40join our community and empower each other or those you love who are on the same journey at A Child After 40.
Pay it forward with a Mothers Day Wish pendant for a donation towards IVF or adoption for another woman over 40.
A CHILD AFTER 40 from www.flowerpowermom.com: empowering women on the journey of motherhood after 40from fertility, birth and adoptionto a midlife renaissance of parenting and self discovery.
How to get involved with A Child After 40:
A Child After 40 is the first campaign to empower women on the journey of motherhood after 40. Watch and share the revealing new video. Join the coming A Child After 40 online community. Check out the Resources with websites, blogs, books and info for mothers over 40 and women who wish to bewhether through natural fertility, IVF, egg donation, surrogacy or adoption. Pay It Forward with A Mothers Day Wish pendant. Get involved with A CHILD AFTER 40!
Campaign Info Page: www.flowerpowermom.com/a-child-after-40
Mothers Day pendant: http://www.etsy.com/shop/flowerpowermom
About the author:
Angel La Liberte is the founder of the website Flower Power MomThe Truth About Motherhood After 40 (www.flowerpowermom.com), a regular blog featuring news, commentary, real mom stories and expert advice about motherhood after 40. She conceived naturally and gave birth at 41 and 44.