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What it's like becoming a parent after 40: 'He's forcing me not to be my age'

After multiple miscarriages and a long bout with infertility, Iris Waichler gave herself one more chance, at age 45, to become pregnant.

She had a baby.

But little did she know how different it would be to become a first-time mother who was nearly 20 years older than the average first-time mom - 26, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest statistics; it was 25 when Waichler gave birth in 2000.

"I had talked with moms in their 20s, and it was like talking in another language," says the Chicago-based part-time author and mom

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