Zweifel talks advanced parental age in Washington Post

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Julianne Zweifel, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, co-authored an opinion paper in December 2019 examining the impacts of advanced parental age on children. Now, her article is discussed in this piece from the Washington Post: “Better fertility treatments can mean much older parents. But how does that affect their offspring?”

The article examines the seemingly growing trend of advanced parental age with the help of assisted reproductive technology, and references some of the concerns regarding advanced age parenting for both parents and children that Zweifel and colleagues discuss in their publication in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.

They wrote that research has shown that children often experience social awkwardness if their parents are a half-century older than them and face greater risk of autism and psychopathologies. These children are also more likely to serve in a caregiving role and experience bereavement as adolescents or teens compared with their peers whose parents gave birth in their 20s and 30s, they wrote.

Do those risks constitute the potential for “great harm” to the child and outweigh a person’s right to “reproduce without limitation or interference” at any age, the authors asked.”

Read the whole article in the Washington Post here!