Nicole Kidman, welcome to the 40+ mom club

07/08/2008 at 10:30 AM ET

Nicole_kidman_cbbjpg_2With the birth of daughter Sunday Rose, 41-year-old actress Nicole Kidman is in good company, joining the ranks of other celebrity moms giving birth after age 40. Check out our roundup!

  • Lisa Marie Presley, 40, is due to give birth later this summer.
  • Gillian Anderson will be 40 when she welcomes baby #3 this fall.
  • Caroline Rhea, 44, expects her first child this fall.
  • Alicia Coppola, 40, will deliver her second daughter in mid-November.
  • Naomi Watts will be 40 when she delivers in December.
  • Ulrika Jonsson, 40, welcomed son Malcolm Charles Trip four weeks ago.
  • Alison Stewart, 42, was 41 when she delivered 9-week-old son Isaac in May.
  • Halle Berry, 41, gave birth to 4-month-old daughter Nahla Ariela in March.
  • Julianna Margulies, 42, was 41 when she welcomed son Kieran Lindsay in January.
  • Courtney Thorne-Smith, 40, delivered son Jacob ‘Jake’ Emerson in January.
  • Helena Bonham Carter, 42, was 41 when she celebrated the arrival of her daughter in December.
  • Nancy Grace, 48, welcomed fraternal twins John David and Lucy Elizabeth in November.
  • Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, 41, was 40 when she delivered fraternal twins Jax Joseph and Jaid Thomas in October.
  • Salma Hayek, 41, delivered 9-month-old daughter Valentina Paloma in September.
  • Marcia Cross, 46, was 44 when she welcomed fraternal twins Eden and Savannah in February 2007.

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  • Diana Krall, 43, was 42 when she gave birth to fraternal twins Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James in December 2006.
  • Helen Fielding, 50, was 46 when she welcomed son Dashiell Michael, and 48 when she celebrated the arrival of a daughter in July 2006.
  • Mariska Hargitay, 44, was 42 when she delivered son August Miklos Friedrich in June 2006.
  • Brooke Shields, 43, was 40 when she welcomed daughter Grier Hammond in April 2006.
  • Holly Hunter, 50, gave birth to fraternal twin boys at age 47 in January 2006.
  • Jennifer Beals, 44, was 41 when she delivered a daughter in October 2005.
  • Courteney Cox-Arquette, 44, was two days away from her 40th birthday when she delivered daughter Coco Riley in June 2004.
  • Helen Hunt, 45, was 40 when she gave birth to daughter Makena’Lei Gordon in May 2004.
  • Geena Davis, 51, was 45 when she welcomed daughter Alizeh Keshvar in April 2002, and 47 when she gave birth to fraternal twins Kian William and Kaiis Steven in May 2004.
  • Marcia Gay Harden, 48, was 44 when she gave birth to fraternal twins Hudson Harden and Julitta Dee in April 2004.
  • Julianne Moore, 47, was 41 when she delivered daughter Liv Helen in April 2002.
  • Mimi Rogers, 53, was 45 when she gave birth to son Charles in July 2001.
  • Lisa Hartman Black, 52, was 44 when she welcomed daughter Lily Pearl in May 2001.
  • Beverly D’Angelo, 56, was 49 when she welcomed fraternal twins Olivia and Anton in January 2001.
  • Madonna, 49, was five days away from turning 42 when she welcomed son Rocco John in August 2000.
  • Iman, 52, was 45 when she delivered daughter Alexandria Zahra in August 2000.
  • Jerry Hall, 52, was 41 when she gave birth to son Gabriel in December 1997.
  • Jane Seymour, 57, was 44 when she delivered fraternal twins John and Kristopher in November 1995.
  • Susan Sarandon, 61, was 42 when she welcomed son Jack Henry in May 1989, and 45 when she delivered son Miles Guthrie in May 1992.

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xena on

Gillian Anderson will also be 40 when her new baby arrives.

carolina Gril on

Congrats to all the moms, but isn’t it riskier having a child past 35 due to potential birth defects?

annie on

Correction: Nahla Aubry was born in March, not April ;)

I’m so happy for Nicole!

Blu on

Meryl Streep had her last child when she was in her 40’s too.

Philippa on

i thought rocco’s middle name was john…

nona on

I’m in my late-20s and single, so I like to see this kind of list! It gives me hope that I will have time to have a kid, and maybe even find a mate, eventually.

claire on

wasn’t Geena Davis around 46 when she had her first child and 48 when she gave birth to her twins?

Or is this for women over 40 who recently had babies?

Claire on

ergh I can be sooo dumb sometimes i totally missed the pre 2007 babies somehow- I’m really tired so I blame lack of sleep

Eliza on

Has Helena Bonham Carter named her daughter yet?

brannon on

I like lists like this too :) Slows down my clock a bit :)

edna on

I agree with Nona and Brannon that this list is somewhat heartening. But, I also wonder how many of the women on this list went through some type of fertility treatment. I know that most feel that these treatments are a very private matter, but as a woman who is considering fertility treatments myself I want to know who has done what and how it worked for them. Also, I think a lot of celebrities are able to use treatments that mere mortals often cannot afford because they are generally not covered by health insurance.

emmajlh on

9 sets of twins in that list!!!

brooke on

No doubt it’s easier when your rich to have babies later, because you have the money to get treatment. But I also heard right before menopause, your more prone to get pregnant too because your hormones are everywhere, and after 35 your more prone to twins too.

Melany on

I had my second with 40, 8 years after my first one. And we didn’t even try! ;)

Renea on

Jane Seymour’s twins are not identical; they are fraternal, the common type of twins resulting from IVF treatment, which Jane underwent to conceive her boys. She relates all the details surrounding their birth in her book “Two At A Time”.

dickie on

oh i pray i am just as lucky!

nona on

good points, edna. I guess what I can hope for is that it will get cheaper or more accessible by the time I’m 40… That doesn’t help you or anyone else right now, though. :(

DLR on

Wow, lotsa babies! I agree with edna regarding whether these were easy conceptions. While it is a personal thing, surely having celebrity mums over 40 be outspoken about whether this was a natural or “assisted” (i.e., fertility drugs, IVF, surrogacy, etc.) would go a long way into reassuring non-celebrity women whether they still have hope getting pregnant after the age of 40, although I am sure most of them don’t want to be 70 like that woman in India!

Autumn on

Interesting list, gives me hope for the future too! lol!

My mom was 39.5 when she had her fourth child, my sister. Interestingly she got pregnant only 4 months after a miscarriage from another pregnancy that was also a surprise.

Anyway, of the celebrity list, I was probably most surprsed at Nancy Grace having twins at 48 yrs old, but then again I guess she wasn’t the only celeb to do that.

Others that weren’t on your list, how old was Bette Midler when she had her daughter? (I think Bette’s about the same age as my mom and her daughter is close to my sister’s age…born in 1986?) Or Goldie Hawn when she had her youngest son? Or Annette Bening when she had most of her children?

Sanja on

What I can’t believe is that we still don’t know what Helena Bonham Carter, Holly Hunter and Helen Fielding named their kids!

Kristen on

I’m a 27 year old mom with my 2nd on the way and I don’t like seeing this! Let’s not get too excited… Hollywood makes it seem so easy and safe to have babies in your 40’s, but the truth is, it’s not ideal for YOUR BABY’s health and should be a last resort. There are a lot of risks for the mother as well, and us “average chicks” probably can’t afford the treatments these celebrities undergo.

sushi on

half those baby were convived via fecondation in vitro. What you probably sould motion is that this kind of medecin cost a lot of money. For the women who have the money it’s great, they can wait, but for those who don’t well, this list can make them think that they have all the time they need and that having a baby in your late 40’s is possible. But it’s not. My dad had me when he was 45( my mom was 31 so it’s not really the same but still). He is now 62 and is soon going to stop his work. I can’t imagine having my dad around all the time while some of my friends’s grandparents still work! Having a kid that late is just selfish. You really want to be 70 when your kid is 20?!
Jane seymour had a twins when she was almost 45 but she had her daughter when she was 30 and her son a couple of years later, so it’s not the same. She remarried and wanted another kid, she had twins.

Pencils on

I’m 41 years old, and 29 weeks pregnant with my first child. I got pregnant the first month we tried. Half of women my age can get pregnant with no assistance. Yes, there are higher risks of conditions like Downs, but they’re still just risks. As long as you are in good health, there’s nothing wrong with having a child past 35 or even 40. And if you have difficulty getting pregnant, reproductive technologies are getting better and better. I don’t think it’s a great idea to put off childbearing if you don’t have a good reason, but I don’t think there are many women who do. Most older mothers become so because of reasons like mine–I didn’t meet The One until a month before my 38th birthday, and I never wanted to be a single mother. And I’m lucky that I turned out to be still very fertile. From what I’ve read, if your mother went through menopause late, it’s likely that you will also, and it’s also likely that you will remain fertile longer. My mom didn’t start menopause until she was 57.

So, if you want to be a mother someday and it’s not a good time now, be heartened! It can and does happen for women in their late 30s and 40s, and not just to celebrities. I have a friend who recently had her first baby at age 44, using an egg donor. He’s a wonderful, sweet child. Yes, it was expensive, but she thinks it’s the best money she ever spent.

paula on

I had never heard that half of women over 40 could get pregnant with no assistance, but I have read that after 40 your chance of getting pregnant spontaneously is half what it was at 20. The fact is that after 35 you are considered “advanced maternal age” and your fertility drops significantly. I know several women that had babies in their early forties, some with help, some without. But I would guess that most of the women on this list had some kind of help.

laura on

Pencils –

I’ve seen you post that stat before, and that is nowhere near the math I am familiar with. A link from an expert who appeared on the Oprah show, with quote:

http://www.oprah.com/tows/pastshows/tows_2002/tows_past_20020501_c.jhtml

“She also says that by the time a woman is 42 years old, ninety percent of her eggs are abnormal, and there is only an 8 percent chance of having a baby without donor eggs.”

Now maybe that’s too dire, but there’s no way I’m believing that half of all 41-year-old women can get pregnant without intervention. You’d be lucky to get to that figure with use of fertility drugs and mothers’-eggs IVF. Where did you get your info that placed the number so high?

More info:

http://infertility.about.com/od/causesofinfertility/a/pregnantafter35.htm

I’m glad that you personally had such an easy time, but I think it’s a disservice to women to make it seem more likely than the data truly shows it to be.

terri on

90% of eggs are abnormal at 42. I have a hard time believing that as well. I’ve seen so many women after age 40 get pregnant – by accident no less. I’m not saying that it’s easy, but criticizing women that have babies after 40 by saying it should be a last resort? That’s horrible.

Linda on

I was 2 days away from my 40th birthday when I gave birth to my first son (no problem getting pregnant) and I was 43 just 4 days when I gave birth to my second son (no problems getting pregnant again). I know a lot of women who have had trouble getting pregnant so I consider us fortunate.

Here’s something that is interesting. I have been told by my doctor that my chances of having a child with a genetic abnormality are just as good as a 20 year-old. Reason being (and I hope I explain this correctly)is that my eggs were made when I was in my own mother’s womb so if there were any genetic abnormalities they would have been there since then. Some other things that can cause other abnormalities is that my eggs are now over 40 years old.

lungz on

i am 42 and am currently pregnant with number 2, i already have a daughter who is 7. We didnt try and didnt use any other costly method, it all happened naturally. To the 27 year old, there have been many cases of downs syndrome in the 20 somethings as they are hardly ever recommended to do any further testing… i have known many women under 30 who have had many problems conceiving…so please dont judge anyone who is blessed to be pregnant naturally or other wise no matter how old they are!!

Sarah on

To all those arguing that it’s selfish or irresponsible for women to have a baby at 35+: Please consider why this attack is so commonly leveled against women, and why men are left out. MALE fertility also declines steeply at this same age, and the risk for birth defects from the father increases as well:

Check this page out,

http://www.nyp.org/news/hospital/male-bio-clock.html

And quotes:
Male infertility. Male infertility increases with the man’s age. Men older than 35 are twice as likely to be infertile (defined as the inability to initiate a pregnancy within 12 months) compared to men younger than 25.

Birth Defects. As with advanced maternal age, advanced paternal age is associated with an increased incidence of birth defects due to decreased genetic quality of sperm. Men 40 and older are nearly six times more likely to have offspring with autism than men younger than 30, even after controlling for maternal age and other variables. Other defects associated with elevated paternal age include schizophrenia, Down syndrome and genetic abnormalities.

As we all know, it’s common and often celebrated for men to father children over 35.

In truth, there are a lot of factors to consider here. older parents can make better parents in many ways, as they tend to be more stable financially and emotionally. And there’s nothing wrong with looking out for ourselves AND our babies: Wouldn’t our mothers and fathers want us to? ;] In short, let’s think carefully about our knee-jerk responses to older moms (and dads). Yes, there are more risks, but there can be benefits too.

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