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How Old is Too Old for Pregnancy?

I don’t know about any of you guys out there, but I think this is a little too old.  I’m a 50 year old women and could never see myself in this situation.   I just ran across this news clip and thought I would share it with you.  I need to think a bit, to organize my thoughts about this entire situation before I comment further.  So for your viewing pleasure here is the link to the video, and I will be back in a few hours and maybe we can intelligently discuss this.   p://


 Monday 5:00PM  Whew, Home for the day…..Recapping the video: A 66 year old successful career women is about to become a first-mom. Elizabeth Adeney who is 8 months pregnant via in vitro fertilization, will be one of the oldest first time moms in the world.  Just think when Elizabeth is 81 years old her child will only be a teenager at the age of 15.  Elizabeth claims that she is young and fit and she feels like she is 39 years old.  But Elizaebeth, guess what you aren’t!  She reportedly said that to be a mother, all that matters is how old you feel on the inside. Heck, some days I feel 89 on the inside, wonder what that could mean? Adeney who lives near Lidgate, Suffolk in southeastern England flew to Ukraine to under go the treatments. Like the United States, most IVF clinics in Britian don’t offer treatment to women older that 50. (I wonder why that would be?)
Dr. Jamie Grifo at the New York University Fertility Center has commented that “pregnancy has risks associated with it at any age-the older the woman, the greater the risks.”  Dr. Grifo further states that all of the risks are “very treatable”, as long as an older woman has a healthy heart. To quote Dr. Grifo: “Older women who get pregnant could have trouble with “high blood pressure, which can complicate placental development. They can develop diabetes in pregnancy, which has to be monitored. Preterm labor is an issue in the older patient and of course, Caesarian delivery and the associated surgical risks.”  Well, heck the same can be said for every women!

In 2004 New Yorker Aleta St. James became the oldest American woman to give birth when she had twins. She was almost 57.  In 2005, a 66 year-old Romanian woman became the world’s oldest mom. In 2006, Carmela Bousada of Spain, who was nearly 67, took the title. Then finally in 2008, Omkari Panwar from India stole her crown. Desperate for a male heir, she underwent IVF at age 70. She got her wish when she gave birth to twins, one of them a boy.

According to Dr. Grifo, “There haven’t been that many women over the age of 50 who have attempted pregnancy and now that the technology exists more are doing so.”  “We don’t tell a 14-year-old unmarried woman she’s not allowed to have a child. Why should we tell a 66-year-old woman who is healthy and wants to have a baby that she can’t. Who’s to say?”

 Some of my questions back to Dr. Grifo would be”  Do you perform IVF on 14 year old girls? Sure no one tells a 14 year old that she’s not allowed to have a child, but does anybody suggest that she does?  Of course not….Sounds like Dr. Grifo is endorsing IVF, not common sense.

We are interested in hearing your thoughts on this subject.  Click on “comments” below to leave your opinions.

May 18, 2009 - Posted by | Parenting, Uncategorized | , , , , ,


  1. Yes, you need and finish this topic…. I watched the and I know the man is crazy! He said ” we don’t tell a fourteen if they can have baby or not so why not a 60 years old ” Let me put it his way, if he were to give a 14 year old IVF, They need to lock him up prison for the rest of his life! Thats just stupid… I don’t care what these women say… They are career women that have let their live slip away without paying attention to wht is really imortant and now they are trying to recapture what they ignored when they were younger at any cost. I never heard one word about a husband, so Im assuming that it was done using a donor! Now a child and the chilren of these kinds of women will suffer from having to grow up without a mother, because she died of old age. Just one more example of why just because we can do something doesn’t mean that we should.

    Comment by Margie Weatherbe | May 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. If this is the same woman I heard about earlier today, she’s rich and plans to have a full-time nanny. Personally, I don’t think she’s getting the full experience. I hope her finances dry up and the nanny quits. Come back then and tell me how much you loooove little kids!!!

    Comment by Maris | May 18, 2009 | Reply

    • Thats the truth! But just think, We know how hard it is to loose your mother. Why would anyone want to put their kids intentinally thru this when they are at such a early age? It just seem selfish to me. It all about them, them, them, and not about the kids that they are creating!

      Comment by Margie Weatherbe | May 18, 2009 | Reply

      • Just goes to show you, whack jobs come in all ages, sizes, colors, genders… Insanity knows no bounds.

        Comment by trickeybusiness | May 18, 2009

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