Trying to Conceive


Dear Midwife,
Hi, I am 35 yrs. old and trying to get pregnant we have been trying for years, yet I never went to the doctor any. I am over weight and I recently stop smoking. What are my chances of still getting pregnant and having a healthy baby?


Couples who have been actively trying to conceive for more than one year should have both parties checked. Many of the problems are VERY easy to fix, some are not. Given your age, I'd say you need to get help yesterday.

Good luck!

--Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.