‘Don’t forget to have a baby!’ President of all-female Cambridge University college Dorothy Byrne introduces fertility lessons telling students not to leave a family too late – after her own daughter was conceived via IVF at 45

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  • Women at Cambridge University’s single-sex colleges prepare to receive education on fertility and childcare, including advice on when to plan for a family
  • Dorothy Byrne, new president of Murray Edwards, launches new seminars
  • Byrne, 69, said she wants to stop young women from ‘making baby mistakes’ as she almost did – going through IVF to give birth to her daughter, now 24
  • The average UK birth rate dropped to 1.53 per woman in 2021, to 2 in 2000 and 1.93 in 2011

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The new president of an all-female college at Cambridge University has offered fertility lessons to students, saying the decision was influenced by her own experience of struggling to get pregnant in her forties.

The former head of Channel 4 News, Dorothy Byrne, 69, recently took the role of president at Murray Edwards College and says the new seminars are designed to help women better understand what happens when they turn 35. Fertility can drop dramatically after the latter.

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Byrne gave birth to a single woman, now 24, at the age of 45 after IVF treatment. The average birth rate in the UK has dropped to 1.53 per woman in 2021, from 2 in 2000 and 1.93 in 2011.

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Dorothy Byrne, 69, the new president at the all-female Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, said she wanted to prevent young women from ‘the blunders of childbearing’, as they almost did – to give birth to their own daughter. Undergoing IVF, Now 24

Women at Cambridge University's single-sex colleges prepare to receive education on fertility and childcare, including advice on when to plan for a family

Women at Cambridge University’s single-sex colleges prepare to receive education on fertility and childcare, including advice on when to plan for a family

He The. told Sunday Times: ‘Young women are being taught that they have to do well in school, get degrees, be successful in their careers and be beautiful.

The college president said that putting his career in television news first he saw his family’s sacrifice: ‘What’s missing along the way is you forget to have a baby, which I almost did. ‘

Byrne said she felt like the emphasis on building a successful career and the message of not taking the risk of getting pregnant at a young age had left many women realizing when they wanted to start a family.

The new classes will outline how fertility declines rapidly in women after age 35.

Earlier this year a fertility expert slammed celebrity moms who have children in their mid-40s to mid-40s for misleading women into believing that fertility is good in the fifth decade. way it moves.

Professor Adam Balan, former president of the British Fertility Society, said women in their late 30s and 40s came to him every day, adding: ‘I’m just amazed – I didn’t know my fertility was so bad. ‘

The British Fertility Society says fertility declines after age 35, with the UK average birth rate rising to 1.53 per woman in 2021, from 2 in 2000 and 1.93 in 2011.

The British Fertility Society says fertility declines after age 35, with the UK average birth rate rising to 1.53 per woman in 2021, from 2 in 2000 and 1.93 in 2011.

‘chance to’ [fertility treatment] The work becomes less with age,’ he said. ‘High-profile celebrities who have children in their mid-40s may be doing this with donated eggs instead of their own, but of course, they don’t say that often.’

Women over the age of 40 who undergo IVF treatment produce fewer eggs — and of lower quality — than younger women when they are given drugs to stimulate production.

According to the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), for people over the age of 42 who use their own eggs, the chance of a resultant embryo being born alive is less than five percent.

Those over 42 who use donated eggs have a live birth rate of more than 25 percent — the average for IVF overall.

Professor Balen, Lead Physician at Leeds Fertility, said: ‘Women in their 20s should think seriously about when they would like to start a family. A woman aged 25 has a 25% chance of conceiving per month. At 35, it’s probably higher in the region of 15 percent. At 40, it’s probably only a percent or two.

‘If you want the opportunity to have three kids, you probably have to start trying when you’re 23. If you want to have two kids, you can leave it until the age of 28. If you’re happy with one, maybe start by age 32.’

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