67 year old woman lied to become pregnant

United States
January 28, 2007 4:25pm CST
This 67 year old woman told a British newspaper that she lied to the clinic in California so they would do the procedure. The cut off age is 55 and that's what she told them she was. She sold her house in Spain to get the $59,000 needed. She turned 67 this month and is currently looking for a younger husband to help raise the twin boys she delivered on Dec. 29th. She is thought to be the worlds oldest new Mom. I don't see me having any children at the age of 49 let alone at 67. How about you? Would you have a child at that age if you had never had children before?
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
29 Jan 07
She is going to have children who grow up having to take care of her, and not by accident byt by her design. 55 is too old to be doing this sort of thing but 67. What are the odd this woman will be alive to see them graduate from high school. this woman needs not only someone to take care of and help raise her twins but someone who will be willing to take care of her as she grows older. This is awful - the clinic needs a better way to screen.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
They will not even be old enough to care for her. When she's 77 they'll only be 10. They will have much heart break with the possibility of loosing their mother at such a young age.
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@dmajkc (196)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Personally I wouldn't. I happen to think it is a bit selfish to do to a child. But so many of the Feminists scream for Women's Rights to Privacy, and what they do with their bodies is no one elses business. So, they should be happy this happened and perhaps file a lawsuit against the Doctor for practicing age discrimination and forcing this lady to lie about her age ..
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• United States
29 Jan 07
YOu do have a point because I would be scared that I wont be alive to see my children turn 15 let alone 18 years of age.
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@Ambur25 (1007)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I wouldn't. One, because at that age, it is so dangerous to have children, let alone twins!! And second, those children had a huge risk of being born with deformities or even mental retardation. I'm not saying I wouldn't have a child who was mentally retarded! So please don't take it that way. But, the risk increases at age 35. I couldn't imagine the high risk at age 67. I wouldn't want to have children that late in life either, because when those children are 10 years old, this woman will be 77 years old!! Not many people live much longer than that in reality. ;/ So who wants to have children, and put them through losing a parent at such a young age?? Or what about when the child graduates? Is she going to be there? Or is that child going to go through his graduation without his mother? Idk.. It's a touch subject. I want to give the very best to my children at all times. I wouldn't want them to have to deal with losing me at a young age. It's hard enough on grown people to lose a parent. ;/
@lisado (1230)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I can't even imagine! I'm 34 and we're debating baby #3 because I'd like to have my kids when I'm young enough to enjoy them! I don't want to be changing diapers at 60. Maybe it's just me, but I would like to enjoy my "retirement" age years and be watching GRANDCHILDREN, not children of my own. It also seems like it would be harder on the kids. The chance of losing a parent as a young child seems very real and painful to me. Then who will take care of the kids? Will they end up in the system? Even if family took them in, they still lost their parents. I couldn't do it. I know my husband and I have said that if we decide on baby #3, we want to have it before I'm 36. As a woman gets older, it gets harder to have a baby, and also have one without disabilities. I want to be young enough to enjoy my kids and then maybe grandkids some day. Why someone would want a baby at age 67, I have no idea. :(
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@khitkhat (373)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
67? wow, i didn't even think that women at that age could still give birth...=) uh, i dont think i would. hehehe.. im sure at that stage i wouldn't be as fit as i am today... im sure my body's resistance would lessen, and i wouldn't be able to bear the pain of giving birth.
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@Stiletto (4584)
29 Jan 07
I'm 45 and there's absolutely no way I would have a child now let alone when I'm 67! I have a grown up daughter already and an eight month old grandaughter whom I adore but it's hard work looking after her! This 67 year old woman is just selfish - if women were meant to have babies in their 60's nature would not have given us the menopause!
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@boogasmom (149)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Wow. I could not imagine being that old and having a set of twins. I have talked to so many that have twins and the work in volved for just the first few months is just out of this world. Not to mention most twins are born earlier or premie. I could not imagine being that old and having to bounce between two babies.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
That's crazy. But I do like how the twins were born on my birthday :P. I wouldn't want to be a mother at that age. It's hard enough now and I'm 19! haha
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@camille101 (1027)
• United Arab Emirates
28 Jan 07
Having a baby or children is one's own discretion. Maybe she haven't had any and this is the only chance she thought she could have one or two as you said. Though for me it is purely impractical and silly. Yes, at her age it isn't wise to get pregnant. But it's already done and she already delivered what else could anyone do.
• Netherlands
29 Jan 07
I think it should be forbidden. It can't be good that a woman that age raises young childeren anymore. I don't hink it's good for the childeren to have an old mother. I think 42 is the max age to have childeren. How can she help them out when they are teenagers. When they have homework when they are 12 years old. The risk of her beiing not alive anymore is a fact.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
I saw this on television today. I wouldn't have a child if I was that age. There is just so much you have to do with a baby and she has two to handle. If I was that age then I'd just have fun with my life, I sure wouldn't want to have a child at that age. Maybe grandchildren but not my own child.
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@OROKAM55 (121)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I think this discussion is only just iin part in the sense that we do not know why she chose to have a baby at this age. It could be that she has been trying all her life and this was her best chance of having children of her own. Done jump to conclussion or judged her without knowing the real reason why she choose to have children now. It would be interesting if you can follow the story and find out why she desperately wanting children at this age. For her to sell her house to do this, I think there is something so special about having this twins for her. Even though I don't think it's a right decision to make at her age, but you need to know the pros and cons
@fedge098 (1331)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
Yup, she was recognized as the oldest mother who gave birth to a child, in her case, twins. i think what she did is very brave. considering her age, she still faced the challenge of being pregnant and giving birth. let's give it to her. she deserves to have a life. after all, she grew old and stayed an "old-maid" because she spent most of her life taking carer of her mother. now she deserves to have hope that someday, somehow, she have someone to take care of her as she grows older. =)
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@happymommy3 (2013)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I wonder why she never tried at an earlier age. I would never have a child that old. My first thoughts would be about how my children will grow up with me being so old and possibly being without a parent if I'm not very healthy at that age.
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@wyykidd (1460)
• Singapore
29 Jan 07
Well, I'm surprised the clinic did not bother to ask for any identification verifying the woman's age! Then again, I also agree with what some of the other members mentioned - that the woman is kind of selfish. Yes she might love the kids, but she's already 67, and really isn't quite young anymore. How would the kids think when they grow up? They might be the subject of some merciless teasing. I don't think I would do something like that.
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@IMHO_Dan (175)
• India
29 Jan 07
well i dont think being a man i i am the right person to answer this question,but still i believe that wat she did is absolutely right,as motherhood is a special feeling n the greatest feeling only amother can understand. Admire her
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@diannne (200)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
i saw that news too, i bet she'll have lotsof problems sooner or later. She'll be 77 when her kids are 10 yrs old! Another is that its not easy to search for a husband, for her age.. I can not even imagine myself giving birth after 40!
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@bonbon50 (659)
• United States
29 Jan 07
A birth date is always a bit of information required by a clinic. So unless this facility is really shoddy at it's work, they took her money knowing her age.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
29 Jan 07
No because you are going to die soon or at anytime and the children will left without a mother. I dont think this is fair to those sweet little babies. How selfish is she?
@Kaldonya (278)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I think that that's absolutely horrible and just pure selfishness on that woman's part. Did she do it for the notarity thinking that she'd get some financial gain from it or something? Those poor children! My heart is breaking for them. They will never know what it's like to have a mother that can be fully involved in their lives. They will probably look around and wonder why their friends' mother isn't like theirs, and they could come to resent her for it. Not to mention losing thier mother. You know they'll be young. How horrible for them to have to suffer through that because of her whim. I pray that there are some YOUNGER relatives that step in and take care of them when the times comes so that they won't end up in an orphanage or something.
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• United States
29 Jan 07
She said that she always wanted a child but she had been living with her mother up until she passed away. I don't think she did it for the money because she sold her house in Spain for $59k to make the trip to Ca. to have the intro done.