Woman Having Babies as Old as 70!?

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Woman Having Babies as Old as 70!?
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Thu, 07-01-2010 - 10:53am

I've been watching the Today Show, and there is a piece on women having kids by IVF at older ages. A woman in India had her first child by IVF at age 70, a British woman woman at 66, by IVF. A Spanish woman had twins by IVF, with no Husband at 66, then died three years later. The same year in California a 62 year old Great Grand Mother had her 12th child. Yes, 12th. The other women had no children. In India, it is a stigma to be "barren". The Indian woman is now 71, and sick. She claims it is from her C Section, but Dr's say that is not the case. Her child is 18 months old, and she is bed ridden. I don't know what has happened to the twins that had their Mother pass away, and the British woman does have a Husband, and is doing fine. As the Dr, on the Today Show said, just because the technology is there doesn't mean we should use it., she was saying that the cut off is generally 50, at best. I find this awful for the children.

I was adopted. My mother had many miscarriages. Then my parents decided to adopt me. So, they were older. My Mother is 68, and I am 29. My best friend has a younger Mom, and her Grandma is only a couple of years older than my Mom. My parents were always older than other parents growing up. I lost my Father at 21, he was 59. I have many older friends, I'm talking friends that are ten years older, and their parents are the same age as mine. It got in the way in high school, there was defiantly a gap. My Mom and i are the best of friends now, but when i was younger, it was hard to relate. My point is, is how are these babies going to grow up?

So, it was just something I was watching, and I Thought I would share. I'm sure people have some opinions on this, as I do.

* Robyn *

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Thu, 07-01-2010 - 10:24pm
Very interesting indeed Robyn,
I guess if a woman is in good physical condition ..
Then yes if she doesn't have kids & wants/is able ..
Age should/could be a factor if her health is in question.
I also agree about adopting too.
At some point the woman does need to think ahead.
Like how old will she be when child graduates hs, you know.
A good one to discuss.
Hope we hear from others :)



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Registered: 04-30-2008
Fri, 07-02-2010 - 5:34pm

<<<, just because the technology is there doesn't mean we should use it.>>>


Exactly.


There is a reason our (womens) bodies stop being capable of naturally

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Registered: 10-07-2008
Fri, 07-02-2010 - 8:04pm

I suppose it is their decision if they can handle all that.


Some ladies that age can get cranky.


I do not know if they have the patience.


When I was a 7th grader trying to learn math and having the hardest time, I would line up for help and the math teacher would be grumpy and yell at

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Thu, 07-08-2010 - 11:00am
I saw this story, too. My first reaction was amazement - that a 70 year old woman could have a baby and take care of it! But then I shared the story with my mother and she had the same reaction as you did; who will take care of the babies when the mother dies? It's really too bad that there is such a stigma for Indian women to have a child.

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Fri, 07-09-2010 - 3:13pm

I agree with you on the fact that there is such a "shame" for an Indian woman to be barren. It is like being an outcast. The other women doing this though, I feel it's just selfish. I am all for women having their careers and then children slightly later in life. Slightly. Not 60's. If you want children, you should really work that into your life plan. Also if you have enough money to do IVF, which usually doesn't work the first time, you would have had enough for daycare or a Nanny. Not saying that is the ideal way for a child to grow up, but at least you'd be alive! That's one of the things I was thinking about as well.

I really do think it is awful about the stigma, and shame the women of India carry for not being able to have children. It's actually quite sad.

* Robyn *

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