What can we learn about the World’s oldest Mothers?

Jun 23, 2010 | Fertility Care

For those of you who haven’t heard the story yet, there is a 70 year old woman who gave birth 18 months ago through IVF. She is reportedly dying from complications related to the pregnancy. News also just broke that a 66 year old woman became the oldest woman to have triplets. Why would I talk about these stories? I’m not supporting pregnancy at age 66 or 70 but these stories show that older women don’t stop wanting to become moms just because they’re old. Reports have emerged that the 66 year old woman had been trying to conceive for 44 years!

Lesson #1: They didn’t use their own eggs.  Why would this be important to know? Well there’s a woman in her 30s out there whose Mom just called her up and said, “heard a story on the news about a 70 year old woman who has an 18 month old baby from IVF. If she could get pregnant from IVF, so can you.”

Lesson #2 If you’re ever told by family or friends to give up trying, you can now respond with this: “Have you heard about the 70 year old who has an 18 month old baby? She didn’t stop, why should I?”

Lesson #3 Just because your ovaries are “old” doesn’t mean that you can say the same thing about your uterus. Many women can very easily carry a pregnancy into their late 40s (once cleared by their doctors). The age cut-off in the United States varies from clinic to clinic but does not cross age 55.

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