Older mums selfish? The AMA disagrees

THE AMA has defended women who fall pregnant in their late 30s, following controversial comments made by a Western Australian based obstetrician who labelled older mothers as “selfish and self-centred”.

Dr Barry Walters, of King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, told The West Australian last week that the number of older expectant mothers being admitted had led to far more pregnant women and babies with medical problems.

“I see many, many women with diabetes, high blood pressure and all sorts of medical problems and, of course, the older the woman is, the more likely she’s got medical problems,” Dr Walters said.

Older mothers placed an unfair burden on their children who would be forced to look after “geriatric parents” at the same time as starting their own families, he added.

AMA (WA) president Dr David Mountain said it was not the job of doctors to tell people when to get pregnant but to simply