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Her mom had 23 children, her last in her late 50’s

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, January 12, 2007 | 1 comments

My massage therapist has a friend whose mother had 23 children, the last in her 60s. This was in Canada so they know when she was born. Maybe take a few years off for the story getting it wrong, but that would still put her in her late 50’s.


She said that when she was in her 30’s, she got married and they decided to try for kids. Nothing was happening for a couple of years so they started infertility treatments. She said she tried for year after year. She had many of the different forms of IVF with no success. She said she used hormones to such an extent to produce eggs that her body began to suffer and she lost some of her hair and teeth
(I had no idea this was a side effect!)

Anyway, they finally decided to adopt at 40 and were matched with a lady who was letting them adopt. Two months before the baby's birth, her husband asked for a divorce! She said she decided that she would never have kids and her clients would be her 'children' that she nurtured.

She began dating an old professor and guess what....She conceived naturally at 44, her now 12 year old daughter!

I wanted to add that this was a surprise pregnancy. When she told the father, he wanted her to abort, which obviously was not what she wanted, considering her years of trying. To this day he has nothing to do with his daughter and she is just beautiful.


Baby Shock for Mother, 46
Finding out you’re pregnant can often come as a surprise, but it can be downright shocking when you think you’ve entered menopause. That was the case for Deryn Minn, of Welshpool, Wales, who had been informed by her GP that she didn’t need to use to birth control anymore as she was menopausal and therefore unable to get pregnant.

Yet, just eight months later, Minn, 46, learned that she was in fact pregnant with her third child. Speaking about her surprising news, Minn said: “[The GP] said I wasn’t likely to get pregnant at my age so I was really shocked and then angry when I found out I was pregnant eight months later.”

However, those negative feelings quickly disappeared: “I’m now really grateful to the doctor, because without him I wouldn’t have Harry and he’s absolutely gorgeous.” Harry is Minn’s third child and her partner, Dave Jones, first. Minn has two teenage daughters from a previous relationship.


A woman in England has given birth to a healthy baby girl after being inseminated with her dead husband's sperm. Diana Scott, 44, and her husband had been trying to conceive before Mr. Scott was diagnosed with cancer. Before he died in 2002, Mr. Scott gave written permission for his wife to continue trying to conceive after his death with his frozen sperm. After four failed IVF attempts, Mrs. Scott finally became pregnant. While Mrs. Scott is not concerned about being an older mother, she is anxious about being a single parent.


My sister had twins when she was 42. A friend of the family unexpectedly got pregnant for the first time at 44. She didn't think she could ever conceive--surprise!!

My mother and grandmother had children at 41. All of the above were healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Pregnancy after 40 - it happens a lot!!


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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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  1. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone ever tried to find a clinic to reverse a tubal if they have reached 50? I contacted a clinic yesterday, and while the Dr. didn't give me an outright rejection, he didn't encourage me, and said the oldest they have done is 48. I am 50 and I live in the North Carolina/Virginia area and still have my period.

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