Some people don't have a choice when they have a child. It's not an order you put in for delivery age 30. Maybe Emma and her partner have been trying for a long time? I agree, 42 probably isn't optimal, but as long as both she and the baby are healthy, then who are we to judge?
I don't think age should be an issue when it comes to having a baby. Like it's already been said, we don't know what struggles, if any, Emma has had. It might have been a personal choice but as long as they're both healthy it shouldn't matter. I've just had my first child at 32 and it annoyed me that I was referred to as 'an old mum'.
In my parents' day, you had your children in your twenties. My friend at school's mum was 32 when my friend was born back in 1980 and my mum always used to say she was "an old mum". It's a pretty ridiculous statement by today's standards really when the average age of a first time mum (in the UK anyway) is 30.
As long as you're healthy and the baby is healthy, have them whenever you choose, but like I said, it's often not a choice.
I'm 34 and my husband is 36. We're hopefully going to start trying later this year, so best case scenario I'll be 35 having my first child. Not ideal, but that's life.
http://instagr.am/p/BEZhTfWnqiN/ Here's a pic of my bump. Coming up on 7 months. Music taste has expanded to liking Poolside, Sky Ferreira and The Beatles For Sale album. Also thanks #Gypsy for making these insanely fabulous and comfortable pants
My mum was 44 when she had me, my dad was 49. Was pretty great growing up because my folks ran their own home business part time and could spend heaps of time with me. They put off having a second child (My brother is 25 years older than me) because of finances- they wanted to make sure they could raise me with no dramas, so that was pretty awesome. Only thing that sucked about having older parents was them being mistaken for my grandparents.