Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Having a Baby Post Menopause

A 70-year-old woman has now become the oldest woman in recorded history to ever give birth. On November 28, she delivered a baby girl in India. This is a woman who had reportedly been in menopause for the last 20 years.

The "new mom", who has been married for 50 years, said she had been trying, without success, to have a child for much of that time. The baby was conceived through the use of a donor egg that was injected with her husband's 72-year-old husband’s sperm. The baby was born premature, since the embryo transfer took place on April 18, according to newspaper reports, and she was born seven months later.

Several months ago, I wrote about a 60-year-old New Jersey woman who gave birth to twins. She called it a wonderful experience. Wonderful for her, right. But what about the boys she has to care for and raise? Did she ever stop to think about the impact her age will have as they grow older? The same goes for this 70-year-old from India. How much longer will she be around---or her husband for that matter---to take care of her child? The new mother was quoted as saying, "We longed for a child all these years and now we are very happy to have one.”

I've asked it before. I'm asking again. How old is too old to have a baby?

Do these women need a medicare bond in order to give birth? Maybe they should get one!


Christina said...

I believe 60-70 yrs old is way too old to have a baby. It's exhausting as a 30 yr old.

However, part of me thinks that these women must have been so sad for most of their lives and consumed with this feeling of loss at not having had a baby. That's no way to live life.

Then again, how selfish of these mothers to fulfill their own wish and yet give their kids the experience of losing both parents when they are still very young.

I certainly hope these women live until they're 100 and can give their kids quality care and attention.

Tara Burner said...

My mom had twins at 44. I personally had mine at 21 & almost 27.
I can't imagine having them in 60's/70's because how active are they going to be in their child's life? I mean I run all over as it is with DD who's almost 13 how would these older mom's be able to do it? Like you said, will they live long enough or will that child be left alone :(
If they wanted a child for years and years, perhaps they should've adopted instead years ago. I know it's not the same thing but there are plenty of children who are in need of parents :(
just my .02