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A grandmother looks set to enter the record books as Britain's oldest mother following the birth of a baby boy 35 years after her first child.

Welsh farmer Elizabeth Buttle, whose maiden name is Espley, is believed to be 60 years old.

If correct, the miracle mum's age would beat the previous record birth by five years.

Checks by one British news agency at the Family Records Centre in London revealed an Elizabeth Espley was born early in 1937 in the Chester area.

Further checks revealed no-one by the same name was born between 1937 and late 1945.

No fertility drugs

Twice-married Mrs Buttle, whose eldest grandson is 19, gave birth to new arrival Joseph David by Caesarian section at West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen eight weeks ago.

The mother, who lives on her farm in the west Wales village of Cwmann, near Lampeter, became pregnant without the use of fertility drugs by her partner Peter Rawston, 56.

Talking about baby Joseph, Elizabeth says: He is my little miracle and he makes me feel like a young woman again. I feel perfectly well and I don't know what the fuss is about.

There were no complications and the hospital staff were absolutely marvellous.

Baby was not planned

A widow with three grandchildren, Mrs Buttle had a daughter in 1962 with her late husband Tom, who died 10 years ago.

New arrival Joseph, described by his mother as a lovely, healthy little lad, was born slightly premature.

Elizabeth, who celebrates her birthday next month, said although the baby was not planned, she and her partner had taken no precautions to avoid the pregnancy.

Kathleen Campbell, of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, is entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest woman in the UK to give birth at the age of 55 in 1987.
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Originally posted on January 15, 1998

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life, by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs. Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (July 13, 2011)Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life
by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs

-- In 1996, Dr. Richard Paulson assisted a 63-year-old woman to conceive using in vitro fertilization with a donor egg, and she became the oldest woman in the world to give birth.

This incredible example of how assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, can change the course of nature, raises tough biological, emotional, and ethical issues.

Rewinding Your Biological Clock is a unique exploration of each of these issues, especially the "how-to" of peri- and post-menopausal pregnancy.

Written by a leading fertility specialist and a health educator, this original and daring book rethinks society's most fundamental beliefs about motherhood, aging and life itself.

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Image: Anthea Burns is a mum-to-be at 50They appear at first glance to be like any other semi-retired fifty-somethings.

But this Gold Coast couple are about to have their lives turned upside-down by becoming parents for the first time - without the help of IVF treatment.

All going to plan, at Pindara Hospital on June 15, Anthea Burns, 50, will become one of the oldest women in Australia to have a baby who was conceived naturally.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on AdelaideNow.com.au
Read more: Anthea Burns is a mum-to-be at 50 and all without IVF
Originally posted on June 4, 2011.


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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Fertility Facts, by Conceive Magazine Editors. Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2008)Fertility Facts
by Conceive Magazine Editors

-- The ultimate compendium of pre-pregnancy advice, essential not only for the one in six couples struggling with fertility challenges, but also for anyone starting a family.

This chunky volume offers hundreds of ways, sourced from doctors and the latest research by the experts at Conceive Magazine, for women to conceive faster.

Each page offers a new and often surprising tip: women should avoid taking ibuprofen, while men looking to increase sperm count should double up on pumpkin seeds!

With this highly accessible reference in hand, readers will be one step closer to parenthood.

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I have been posting on this board for years since my last successful over 40 pregnancy.

I must say there have been plenty of moms 44+, so do not give up hope!

The oldest woman on this board had a natural oops at 48!! She delivered a healthy baby boy.

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I had my first (and only so far) at 43.

I'm 47 now and TTCing [trying to conceive] number two. My theory has always been that we'll keep trying until the last egg drops.

And based on my older sisters, I have until at least age 54.

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Image: Ordinary Miracles: A Journey through Primary and Secondary Infertility, by Krissi Marie McVicker. Publisher: iUniverse.com (March 27, 2012)Ordinary Miracles: A Journey through Primary and Secondary Infertility
by Krissi Marie McVicker

-- We had trouble conceiving and it was shocking news. When we found out that in-vitro fertilization would most likely be our only chance for success, our anxiety grew. But, with the help of my husband's amazing insurance, after three cycles, we were able to have our daughter, Ella.

And after three more cycles, our twins Logan and Mia graced us with their presence and we were truly blessed. I know that we were one of the lucky couples. Many people can't afford one IVF cycle, let alone six. And, I've never taken that for granted.

After my daughter was born, I started writing Ordinary Miracles. I wanted to share my story with others because I remember hearing success stories when I was in the midst of my struggle and it inspired me to believe that if it could happen to them, maybe, it would happen for me too.

After my twins were born, I started my blog: Stress Free Infertility. I wanted a place on the Internet where couples could go to and read about others, get solicited advice, and be inspired by other success stories; a place to ease the stress of infertility, at least a little bit.

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Image: Ellie Stonely, mom at 47While that may not seem anything exciting in itself, people have babies all the time, to me it's a huge, huge thing.

I'm 47 years old, which makes me positively ancient in new mother terms, that's the point, my baby is my first and probably only baby.

People do have children late but rarely first children this late. I have been very lucky indeed.

After years of trying to conceive, after several miscarriages, one particularly sad, my father dying, my body starting to do horrid things to itself due to an auto immune condition and all sorts of up and downs with work (the dot com boomed then bust) I finally fell pregnant in May of 2011 after traveling to Alicante in Southern Spain to have IVF [in vitro fertilization] treatment.

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Image: The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success, by Liza Charlesworth. Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2004)The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success
by Liza Charlesworth

-- Despite the fact that it is an expensive, complex, emotionally draining, and often last-ditch fertility treatment, there are now over 250,000 couples who consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) every year; more than 125,000 couples decide to undergo it.

While dry, clinical information is available, there is a gaping need for sisterly advice from someone who's been through the process herself.

From evaluating care and preparing for the complicated process to understanding egg retrieval and embryo transfer; from tips on taking medications and coping with hormonal surges to dealing with the emotional aspects of the grueling IVF process, Liza Charlesworth's The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization offers knowing, sensitive counsel.

Full of hard-won personal wisdom and the most up-to-date medical information explained in layman's terms, this invaluable guide is sure to become recommended reading for couples trying to conceive and their families alike.

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Image: Australia's oldest natural first-time mumA Gold Coast woman has become what is believed to be Australia's oldest natural first-time mother, giving birth at 50.

Anthea Nicholas and her husband Paul Byrnes, 54, had a one in several million chance of falling pregnant, Ms Nicholas' doctor told the Australian Women's Weekly.

Ms Nicholas, a semi-retired real estate agent, told the Women's Weekly she was alarmed when she first discovered she was pregnant.

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Originally posted on July 27, 2011.


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Image: Motherhood After 35: Choices, Decisions, Options, by Maggie Jones. Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (March 22, 1998)Motherhood After 35: Choices, Decisions, Options
by Maggie Jones

-- How is having a baby different for women in their late thirties and early forties?

If you're between 35 and 45 and trying to have a baby, or have already conceived, here's the reassurance you need ... and the facts you've been waiting for.

Maggie Jones evaluates the advantages as well as the risks of later motherhood.

Whether you are considering your first pregnancy after 35 or are starting a "second" family later in life, Motherhood After 35 is written with you in mind.

The author describes simply and clearly how to have the healthiest pregnancy possible and the options available.

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Image: An old lady smiles on a whale watching trip, Reykjavík, Iceland, by Silvia Cosimini, on freeimages.comNovember 10, 1992: DEAR ABBY: This is for 'Found Love Late' who wonders if she's too old to have a child in her mid-40s:

I was 45 and my husband was 50 when I became pregnant. We had been childless for 22 years and it was a great shock, to put it mildly. My doctor assured me that my age was no problem because my health was excellent.

I had an uneventful and easy pregnancy, and was thrilled when I delivered a beautiful baby girl.

We had some adjustments to make to our lifestyle, but we handled them well, Chris has been the joy of my life. She is 32 now, happily married and has given me four beautiful grandchildren. I am now a widow - 78 years young.

Is it fair for a child to have a menopausal mom? I will let my daughter answer that question. I'm enclosing her letter...

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Originally posted on November 10, 1992.


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Image: Enhancing Fertility: A Couple's Guide to Natural Approaches, by Chris D. Meletis and Liz Brown. Publisher: Basic Health Pubns; 1 edition (May 2004)Enhancing Fertility: A Couple's Guide to Natural Approaches
by Chris D. Meletis and Liz Brown

-- This book is dedicated to the millions of couples who are trying to get pregnant without success.

Rather than assuming that you are infertile, you can try the many reliable natural remedies and resources in this book.

Barring physical problems beyond your control, you have the power to take charge of your health and boost your fertility.

The authors' goal is simple: to provide a clear guide to conception based on natural, safe, well-researched therapeutic approaches.

Nutritional, environmental, botanical, and physical medicines, as well as traditional Chinese medical practices and homeopathy, all offer ways to promote fertility.

Both men and women will find a wealth of helpful information on what to do-individually and together--to fully realize their fertility potential.

Even if infertility isn't a problem, and you are simply planning to get pregnant and want to deliver a healthy baby, this book will help improve your chances.

Anyone seeking to become a parent will benefit from this book's practical, time-tested wisdom.

The healthier a woman is, the greater likelihood the seed of life will find fertile soil and grow into a healthy baby.

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Image: It is just menopause - Mother at 46A mother gave birth to a baby boy after doctors repeatedly assured her she was going through the menopause.

Anita Arora, 46 years old, said her child almost died in her womb after her suspicions that she was pregnant were ignored.

Her son, Matthew, was delivered in a life-saving operation on Christmas Day – just two days after she found out she was expecting.

The infant, who was two months premature, would have died if surgeons had not delivered him immediately because of problems with the placenta.

She said: I told them five months ago I thought I was pregnant. My periods had stopped and I was gaining weight. I asked whether it was possible, but they told me not to worry, it was just my age.

Mrs Arora, a post office manager, and her driving instructor husband Kanti, 48, already have two children – Neil, 15, and Kamya, 13.

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Read more: Don't worry, it's just the menopause: Mother, 46, says doctor's blunder nearly left her child dead in the womb
Originally posted on January 9th, 2011.


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Image: Pregnancy MiraclePregnancy Miracle
by Lisa Olsen

-- A 279-page, instantly downloadable e-book presenting a 5-step, sure-fire, 100% guaranteed, clinically proven holistic and ancient Chinese system for permanently reversing your infertility and your partner's infertility disorders and getting pregnant quickly, naturally and safely within 2-4 months without drugs, dangerous surgeries, side effects, or expensive infertility treatments.

It's probably the most powerful infertility reversal system ever developed, and currently the best-selling e-book of its kind on the entire Web!

Here's what the author Lisa Olson had to say about her incredible program:
After 14 years of trial, error and experimentation, I finally discovered the answer to infertility and developed a fool-proof system to getting pregnant the natural way - no drugs, or surgery necessary.


It took a lot of research to get to where I am today, to know exactly what works and what doesn't. Yes, after desperate trial and error, countless of useless treatments, disappointments and agony, a simple holistic system opened the door to my new and much brighter life of motherhood.

I was also excited to see that my other infertility related symptoms had diminished. After years of waiting I was finally free from Infertility! I have become a proud mother of two.

And now I'm finally revealing my secrets in this new 'encyclopedia' of pregnancy called, Pregnancy Miracle.

I will be your own personal coach, take you by the hand, and lead you through the lousy advice, hype and gimmicks... and directly to the sort of inner balance perfection that will end your battle with infertility forever and help you become a proud mother of your healthy children.

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Justice Minister Rachida Dati gives birth at 43January 13 2009 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy's unmarried Justice Minister Rachida Dati gives birth to a baby girl on Friday January 2, according to reports.

It was unknown who fathered Dati's child.

Smiling broadly, dressed to the nines and looking for all the world as if she had never been pregnant, 43-year-old French Justice Minister Rachida Dati returned to her high-profile job just five days after giving birth to baby Zohra.


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Boost Your Fertility: New Solutions for Conceiving Quickly and Having a Healthy Pregnancy as Soon as Possible, by Marilyn Glenville Ph.D. Publisher: Fair Winds Press (March 1, 2009) Boost Your Fertility: New Solutions for Conceiving Quickly and Having a Healthy Pregnancy as Soon as Possible
by Marilyn Glenville Ph.D.

-- The definitive one-stop resource for couples who want to have a healthy pregnancy as soon as possible.

Based on leading women’s health expert Dr. Marilyn Glenville’s highly successful program, Boost Your Fertility presents an 8-step integrative approach including nutrition, lifestyle, removing environmental toxins, and medical screening for getting and staying pregnant.


Dr. Glenville outlines in detail what may be hindering pregnancy, what you and your partner should be tested for and when, and how to tailor the program to you based on particular factors such as age, medical history, and lifestyle.

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Image: Moms over forty share their stories
When Michelle Conrad's brother and wife had their first baby, she realized she wanted a child too!

Her doctor warned of all of the difficulties she might face getting pregnant at 41, and the heightened risk of birth defects. But basically he said that since she was healthy, to just go for it!

Two months later Michelle was pregnant! Her pregnancy was uneventful: no big problems, just the usual swollen ankles, weight gain, and tiredness.

Her son was born healthy and large - just under 10 pounds. Michelle breastfed her son for 13 months, packing up her pump supplies and pumping twice a day in her office.

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Read more: Michelle Conrad: Pregnancy at 41, Then a New Life and New Career

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Image: What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir, by Alice Eve Cohen. Publisher: Viking Adult (July 9, 2009)What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir
by Alice Eve Cohen
--A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possible

At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Alice tells her fiancé that she's never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.

In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb - six months into a high-risk pregnancy.

What I Thought I Knew is a page-turner filled with vivid characters, humor, and many surprises and twists of fate. With the suspense of a thriller and the intimacy of a diary, Cohen describes her unexpected journey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the hotly contested terrain of motherhood and family in today's society. Timely and compelling, What I Thought I Knew will capture readers of memoirs such as Eat, Pray, Love; The Glass Castle; and A Three Dog Life.

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