Babies After 35 was created by Dr. Shannon M. Clark and her husband, René Harris, in 2014 to help educate, inform, and bond with other women and men invested in the topic of fertility, pregnancy and parenthood after age 35. Since then, BabiesAfter35.com has grown to include dozens of contributors from medical professionals in a variety of healthcare fields and a strong, social community of parents and prospective parents. Their stories are our stories.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist & Founder of Babies After 35
Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS, FACOG is a double board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist focusing on the care of women with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. After finishing medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, KY, Dr. Clark completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. During her first year of residency, she realized her passion for taking care of women with complicated, or high-risk, pregnancies and subsequently pursued a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Masters in Medical Science at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, where she is an Associate Professor with roles as a clinician, researcher, and educator.
Dr. Clark has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and is a reviewer for numerous medical journals. She is also actively involved in educating and training medical students, residents and fellows. As a women’s health expert and ACOG media expert, Dr. Clark has contributed to multiple “hot topics” of interest for pregnancy-related magazines, websites, blogs, as well as numerous notable news outlets. As a women’s health writer, she has written for The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Glamour, Houston Moms Blog, Self Magazine and The Washington Post.
Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. She was inspired not only by the experiences of friends and patients, but also by her own personal experience of trying to start a family at the age of 40. Dedicated to her education, training and career for 15+ years, Dr. Clark married at the age of 39 and started trying to start a family at age 40. After five failed cycles of IVF, she was able to become pregnant via egg donor and delivered twins Sydney Renée and Rémy Vaughn in September 2016.
In her role as a physician caring for high-risk pregnancies, she has counseled and treated hundreds of women over the years in her very own situation, and has found a whole new respect for the challenges and complications a woman may experience when trying to have a baby later in life. More and more women and delaying child-bearing until after age 35 for various reasons, which has allowed this population to represent a growing number of women becoming pregnant.
With this website, Dr. Clark has utilized her personal expertise in pregnancy-related issues after the age of 35, in addition to her own personal experiences, to develop a source of reliable information for this special group of women. Finally, she hopes to give a voice to women who have experienced pregnancy after age 35 and be a source of information for those who anticipate starting a family later in life.
BABIES AFTER 35 CO-FOUNDER, TECHNOLOGY EXPERT, AND DR. CLARK’S PARTNER IN PARENTHOOD
René Harris is Vice President of Operations & a Co-Founder of BabiesAfter35™. Rene brings 20 years of business, management, and technology expertise to the company. As Vice President, Mr. Harris oversees operation and system performance. He focuses on operational efficiencies and technology leadership. Mr. Harris currently holds a leadership position at Oracle Corporation. Before starting BabiesAfter35™ with Dr. Clark, Mr. Harris held positions with the most recognizable brands in the world, which include NIKE, Prudential, and IBM. Mr. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from Linfield College. Mr. Harris has received a Certificate in Finance and Accounting from Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management of Business, Transforming Leadership Style Program. As a man, husband, and now a father who had not considered, nor understood, the challenges of having a child in his late 30’s and early 40’s, he looks for Babies After 35 to grow into a global community and platform for education on pregnancy and fertility later in life and change in the mindset regarding the ease and potential difficulties of starting, and or growing, a family after age 35.