Number of women over 50 giving birth 'has doubled'
31 March 2014 Last updated at 15:27 BST
The number of women giving birth over the age of 50 has doubled since 2008.
Figures show three new babies a week are born to mothers in their fifties, despite the greater risk of developing complications during pregnancy.
Naomi Gryn, who had her daughter Sadie Joy at 51, told BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire that meeting her partner later in life and recurrent miscarriages meant she was unable to have a child sooner.
The Department for Health said they had hired 1,500 midwives and were training 5,000 more to help with the growing trend.