60 yo woman gives birth to twins

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60 yo woman gives birth to twins
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Fri, 05-25-2007 - 10:42am

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/24/health/main2845879.shtml

Here's a couple of quotes from the story. Frankly I think the woman is crazy and if she did this with her own eggs, she is reckless.

"I'm looking at the media and seeing '60-year-old woman.' I said, 'That's me?' Because I don't know what age means, you know? I feel like a 40-year-old."

"Birnbaum was not concerned by the fact that she would be 80 when her twin boys attend college. "My parents both lived on into their 90s," she said. "My father was 92; my mother was 89. They were mentally sound. And they'd both be alive if not for medical negligence. So we've had no problems with that decision, as far as longevity is concerned."

If we're talking about controlling a woman's gestational decisions, why not in this case especially if she used her own eggs?

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Fri, 05-25-2007 - 11:12am

I saw that on the news...she wanted to give her 6 year old a playmate!! My gosh, when the twins graduate from high school she will be 78!! I think this is over the top!

Sue

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Fri, 05-25-2007 - 11:14am
She claims she doesn't know what age means but feels like she's 40. She's not even smart enough to recognize she's contradicting herself!
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Fri, 05-25-2007 - 11:54am
*shrug* I don't really know what I think about this. I don't think I would do what she did b/c of the health risks to myself and my family. I don't think it would be fair to the children whose parents could be 70 when they're 10 or could be dead when they're 2. You just never know and you can't just assume that you will live to a certain age. That being said, I don't know the couple and so I can't base what I would do on what they've chosen to do. A lot of people think I'm totally insane that I don't want to have kids ever, so I try not to judge other people on the "weird" choices that make them happy. I tend to be a very careful person. In fact, I will probably make provisions for my pets when I get older in case somethign happens to me. Lol...
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Fri, 05-25-2007 - 12:08pm

Anyone's parents could be dead when the kids are 2, or 10, or 20. Yes, it's probably more likely with these folks, but you just never know. I'm certain that these children will be happy they have their lives whether their parents are alive or not.


I've read a LOT of comments

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Fri, 05-25-2007 - 12:18pm

I didn't really intend to come across as me placing judgement on her, although I do think based on some of her statements she is a little off her rocker so I suppose that's exactly what I was doing, lol.

I just wonder how some people would feel about putting limitations on HER gestational ability since they are so willing to do it to others (who consider abortion).

I don't think you're crazy at all for not wanting kids. I think you're probably smarter than most for making that kind of decision and being comfortable with it.

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Fri, 05-25-2007 - 12:20pm

While you raise some valid points, you have to admit that her age does bring with it some added risks...most of them health related...although, in this day and age many grandparents are raising their grandchildren by default...so I guess this really is no different.

Sue

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Fri, 05-25-2007 - 12:21pm
But what about at the age of 60 and if she used her eggs. It's not just her health I'm wondering about, it's the potential offspring.
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Fri, 05-25-2007 - 12:26pm

"I didn't really intend to come across as me placing judgement on her, although I do think based on some of her statements she is a little off her rocker so I suppose that's exactly what I was doing, lol. "

Oh, I don't think you came across as judgemental. I was just responding to the article in general. If we didn't give our opinions about things than this would be a really boring board :)

"I don't think you're crazy at all for not wanting kids. I think you're probably smarter than most for making that kind of decision and being comfortable with it."

:D Thanks! My inlaws are coming to visit today so I appreciate anyone who doesn't think I'm crazy (they want 7 grandsons) Now that I know someone gave birth at 60 I could say "Not for another 36 years or so" LOL! My lil bro was baffled that I NEVER wanted kids and I told him, "well I just don't want to have kids for about 56 years" (Since I'll probably be dead by then). He just gave me a sorta blank look. That's a 17 year-old for ya.

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Fri, 05-25-2007 - 12:29pm

I don't doubt that her age brings extra risks--heck, I'm considered higher risk and I'm only 35.


I understand why you'd be concerned about the health of her offspring....but really, isn't that more the parents' business? Unhealthy children are born to parents of all ages.


As a side note, she won't say whether they were her eggs or not. I *seriously* doubt they are, because if they were, she definitely seems the type to trumpet that news.

It's a girl! Our daughter is due July 12, 2007
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Fri, 05-25-2007 - 12:29pm

That is a very good point...women's eggs aren't as viable as men's sperm...very good point!

Sue




Edited 5/25/2007 6:21 pm ET by californiadreammin

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