60-Year-Old Gives Birth to Twins

@KATRINKA (1658)
United States
May 25, 2007 9:59pm CST
Have you heard the story about the 60-year-old woman who just gave birth to twins? Her oldest child is 29 (and thinks she's insane). No doctor in the U.S. would assist her, so she went to England to have fertility treatments and to be artificially inseminated. She said one of her main motives was to have a playmate for her 6-year-old. Another thing she said was, "Instead of get a dog, have a baby." What do you think? Is 60 too old to have children? What would you do if this were your mother?
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@williamjisir (22900)
• China
29 Mar 08
Hello dear katrinka. I can understand how her daoughter thinks of her 60-year-old mom. I really have no idea what to say about this issue, but I do not think that it is a good idea for her to have another baby since she is now in her sixties and is supposed to enjoy more of her rest life. Who will take care of the twins once the old mother gets sick and leave them forever while they are so young? This is no kidding and it is a must to think about this for the good of the twins...
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@KATRINKA (1658)
• United States
14 May 08
I agree with you. I'm in my early 40s and am planning to remarry. My kids are teenagers. My future husband never had kids. Sometimes I think it would be wonderful for the two of us to have kids together. But then I think about all the health risks that could happen. Plus, we're supposed to be saving for our retirement. How could we afford to send the little one to college? So, we have our cats.
@xcjune (162)
• China
26 May 07
Really?Most women have no means already at this age,it is odd indeed.
@KATRINKA (1658)
• United States
26 May 07
Apparently this woman did! Thanks for the response.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
26 May 07
Let me think...if she is in great condition...and is able to live till 98 or something...why not...she is probably wealthy and healthy and will provide all the babies need... I wish she is my mother, I could have babies in my family....I would be happy...if man age 70 has baby, nobody make a big deal about it... We live longer and healthier, 50 years from now; it is going to be normal... Just remember, in 1890, having baby at age of 30 was opening people’s mouth same way it is opening now for 60...
@KATRINKA (1658)
• United States
26 May 07
You bring up a good point. Thank you for your thoughtful response.
@maurs99 (55)
• Australia
26 May 07
It's such a controversial subject these days, isn't it? Personally, no matter how fit a person is or how young they feel - I think 60 is too old to become the mother of a new baby. If my Mum decided to have a child at 60 or 70, I would think she was not only insane but selfish. What if she suddenly gets ill, with say alzheimers or parkinsons or some other age related disease? Who would look after the child? Or are they having the child to look after them? None of us know how long we will have both our physical health or mental health for after the age of 50/60 (I am 50). I think a nice little dog or cat is a much better option for all concerned.
@KATRINKA (1658)
• United States
26 May 07
Yes, it is controversial. I believe everyone should be able to make their own choices, but in this case, I want to say but...I agree with you that it is a selfish decision. We can't predict when we will die. A 30-year-old mother could be hit by a car or be diagnosed with a terminal illness. But a 60-year-old, no matter how healthy, has her own age-related syndromes. And what if she is afflicted with Alzheimer's? It would put the children at risk. The news report never said how old the husband is, or what his reaction was. What kind of health is he in? And I think it would be selfish to assume that if she were to become too ill or debilitated to take care of her babies, toddlers, whatever, her older children will jump in and take care of them. Thanks for your response!