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Does Mum's Age matter?
The average age at which women are having their first child is increasing all over the world.
New Zealand is one of the highest in the world at 30 years old for the average age of first childbirth.
While there are some risks to having a baby when you are older, thankfully, the vast majority of babies are healthy and happy.
We are trying to find out if having a baby at a younger or older age makes a difference to the child's height, weight or general health.
I am Dr Tim Savage, Paediatrician in Starship Children's Hospital and Researcher in The Liggins Institute, University of Auckland
Recently, a letter was published in Little Treasures telling you about a study I am conducting
examining the general health of children aged 4 to 11 years
born to mothers aged under 30 or over 40 when they had their child.
So far, we have had almost 200 participants and we need lots more!
Participating involves just one morning visit to our research unit in the Liggins Institute in the University and takes about 20 minutes.
I will measure your child's height and weight, do a blood test which checks your child's insulin, glucose, cholesterol and growth hormone levels. I will send you anaesthetic cream before the appointment so that the blood test does not hurt.
I will also do an x ray which assesses your child's bone strength, muscle and fat mass. I personally conduct all aspects of the research and will explain the results of these tests and answer your questions.
All of the children really enjoy the experience. The picture of their own skeleton is really popular, no matter what the child's age !
We will happily cover transport costs within 150kms of Auckland
I would be delighted to hear from you to organise an appointment or with any questions you may have
Thank you very much for your help with this important study
e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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