Is the 40 the New 20? Pregnancy, Aging and Women’s Health at Health Expo

Manasa Patna
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BURLINGTON, MA- As medical technology progresses, more women are waiting longer to have their first child in the United States. Couples have taken control of fertility planning, and delaying childbearing into their late 30s and 40s.

But as a woman ages, the factors that go into a pregnancy change dramatically. The 5th Annual Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo has brought together Dr. Manasa Patna and Dr. Tara Singh to address such questions as:

  • What are the consequences of this timing?
  • How are fertility rates affected?
  • Is there an increased risk of abnormal pregnancies or miscarriages?
  • What can you do if getting pregnant does not come naturally to you?

And other issues in their panel “Is 40 the new 20? Aging and Pregnancy”. The session will be moderated by Dr. Arshiya Seth.

Delaying pregnancy is more than just a trend: the average age for a woman’s first pregnancy has been steadily increasing since the 1970s, according to a report released by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2016. As more women take control of their fertility, and the rate of teen pregnancy decreases, the average age of a first pregnancy has reached a record high of 26.3 years of age across the nation, and is even higher in Asians and Pacific Islanders, with an average age of 29.5 years old!

The 5th Annual Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo is on March 5th, 2017 from 10: 00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. It is free to all attendees but they must pre-register. For more information and to register for FREE, please visit Health Expo website at

The expo is organized by IndUS Business Journal and INDIA New England News and is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Lahey Health and INE MultiMedia, Inc.


Dr. Tara Singh

Dr. Tara Singh, MD

Dr. Tara Singh practices as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at the Cambridge Hospital, in Cambridge, MA. She is an Instructor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Clerkship Director of OBGYN for all Harvard and Tufts students at Cambridge Health Alliance. In addition to longstanding clinical precepting of Harvard and Tufts students and residents, she develops and delivers interactive small group pedagogy, creates faculty development, and leads educational research in the domains of motivation, self-determination, and the learning climate. This is her third year presenting at the India New England Health Expo, which she thoroughly enjoys attends annually. Dr. Singh is passionate about women’s health care, working with women from underserved populations, and providing health care for all.

Manasa Patna

Dr. Manasa Patna, MD

Dr. Patna is a OB/GYN doctor at Cambridge Health Alliance, and a Clinical Instructor in OB/GYN and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

She attended Harvard Medical School and holds a Masters in Global and Community Health from Harvard School of Public Health.

“I became an OB/GYN physician because I have a passion for women’s health — I am committed to improving women’s health both locally and abroad,” says Dr. Patna. “I have worked in India, Indonesia and Malawi to help women gain access to quality obstetric and gynecological care.” Outside of work, Dr. Patna loves to travel and enjoys the water and scuba dive.

Arshiya Seth

Dr. Arshiya Seth, MD

Dr. Seth trained in primary care internal medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), Harvard University. She is a primary care physician and Medical Director of Ambulatory Risk and Patient Safety at CHA.

She is recognized as a leader in innovation, performance improvement and is the Coach for 5 primary care practice improvement teams at CHA. She is frequently invited to speak on Patient Experience of Care at conferences across the country. Dr. Seth speaks Hindi and Punjabi. She enjoys practicing Yoga and eating delicious Punjabi food.


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