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My record bid for IVF baby at 63

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, August 27, 2006 | 0 comments

PAULINE LYON celebrates her 63rd birthday later this month – and is planning to become Britain’s oldest IVF mum.

Pauline and her husband David, 62, have consulted maverick Italian fertility doctor Severino Antinori.

He has agreed to treat Pauline at the same Russian clinic where 62-year-old Dr Patricia Rashbrook conceived after IVF treatment.

Professor Antinori’s only condition is that Pauline gets her blood pressure down.

Each IVF attempt will cost £20,000 to £25,000. The couple are prepared to remortgage their home to pay for it.

Speaking exclusively to Sun Health, Pauline from March, Cambridgeshire, says: “I would love another baby. I don’t think you ever lose the longing to have children.”

David, a lab technician, admits he is terrified of the risks for Pauline, but says: “I will back her all the way.”

Pauline made history in 1995 when she gave birth to Lauren, now 11, at the age of 51. At the time, she was Britain’s oldest IVF mum.

Then four years later, she underwent IVF again to have her son Brodie, now seven.

She is now on medication to reduce her blood pressure and is trying alternative therapies including massage and reflexology in her bid to have another baby.

Pauline says: “Professor Antinori is my last chance. If I can’t get my blood pressure down it’s the end of the line.But I haven’t given up hope.”

Dismissing critics who claim women in their sixties are too old for motherhood, she adds: “Some 60-year-olds are fitter than much younger women.

“I’m on the go all the time and do all the same things that younger mums do.”



About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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