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The oldest woman to carry a spontaneous pregnancy was 56 years old.

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, September 10, 2006 | 0 comments

World Records: The oldest woman to deliver has been Rosanna C. who delivered at 63 years and 3 months (oocyte egg donation program).

The oldest woman to carry a spontaneous pregnancy was a Brazilian lady who delivered at 56 years of age.

The most prolific couple seem to have lived in Siberia in the 18 century, the church register reports 67 of their children. The woman delivered her last child at 47 years and 8 months.


Dyni asks: How old is old for a woman to have a child?

Kurt Barnhart, MD, MSCE: As long as a woman is free of other medical illness, there is no one age that is too old. However, women cannot have children without specific assistance after menopause. The average age of menopause is 52 years old.


Older first-time mother, Nancy London, gave birth to her first child in her 44th year. Nancy combed the bookshelves in search of support and guidance for some of the emotional and physical challenges she faced. Alas, the cupboard was bare. Most parenting books were written for much younger women, while books on midlife assumed the female reader had grown children.


Judith Cates is 63, and she feels badly that her 5-year-old twins, Carli and Margaret, are often taken for her grandchildren. But she says that despite the awkward situations, she wouldn’t change her situation for the world - in fact, if she “wasn’t so old” she would have two more.


My biological grandmother had her last child at 44. Given that history, I assume I wouldn't have any difficulty having children - Patricia


2,725 stories of Pregnancy & Birth over 44 years old!



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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