Mother's Day Worth Waiting For

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Greg Bledsoe

    At Sharp Mary Birch hospital, every day is Mother's Day. For a lot of the patients, it's their first.

    "It's only been 24 hours," said new mom Robin Kimball. "But this is a pretty incredible gift."

    Dane Michael Kimball was born Saturday. 

    "It's amazing. Best day of my life," said new dad Andy Kimball, "Most amazing thing I've ever seen."

    An Extra Special Mother's Day

    [DGO] An Extra Special Mother's Day
    For some children, it is their first.

    It's the first child for Robin and Andy, both 31. The two have been married for ten years, but decided to wait to start a family.

    "We actually lived in Switzerland for three years. So, we were able to live in Europe and travel around," says the new mom.

    They're not alone in waiting. According to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics, the average age of a first-time mother in this country is 25 years old. That's up from 21 back in 1970. And the number of women waiting until at least 35 to have their first child has increased by 800 percent in that time.

    "This was just a good time to start a family," says Robin.

    She and her new son already have some common ground. Robin was born at the same hospital, older building, 31 years ago. A tile with her name and birth date is mounted on a wall three floors below where she now holds her new son. Perfect place, perfect timing.

    "First Mother's Day. So, next year, you have to get me a gift," she told Dane laughing.