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Twins naturally conceived, mom was 55

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, March 14, 2008 | 0 comments

My assistant just attended the birth of twins naturally conceived where the mom was 55, and dad was 70.

Her first child arrived at age 53, and she thought it was a fluke until the twins came along. Mom is a strong healthy Jewish woman.

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A woman called me from the east coast the other day, that did in vitro because of fertility problems in her thirties.


At 45, she was pregnant with the second child in two years, naturally conceived.

A week before finding out she was pregnant she failed the Clomid challenge test, and was told she would never get pregnant again. She proved her doctor wrong.

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I love my doctor, always have, and she is VERY pro for older women seeking to get pregnant. She had her girls after 40 and 44 as well.

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As for all the "alternative" stuff, I am a big proponent of them. And I believe that is what helped me have my first child at 44, and will help me get pregnant again (at 47).


When I was 42, I went to a well-respected RE [reproductive endocrinologist] who told me that I would never have a child without donor eggs. I had high FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] (16), and a very low number of antral follicles and, of course, I was "over the hill" at 42.

IVF [in vitro fertilization] was not an option for me (without donor eggs) because he was sure I would be a "poor responder."

Well, that was probably the best thing that ever happened to me -- after I picked myself off the floor from the devastating news -- because I never messed up my hormones with all those drugs. I just decided that I would take the money I would have spent on IVF and use it to pursue alternative therapies.

It was great. I had weekly appointments for acupuncture, massage, Mayan abdominal massage, energy healers, etc. I totally cleaned up my diet and ate mostly organic, lots of fruits and vegetables etc. I got pregnant about 4 months after the RE told me it was impossible. That pregnancy ended in an early miscarriage.

But then we got pregnant with my son on the second cycle of trying after the D&C [dilation and curettage].

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I met a woman recently who'd just had her much-longed for first baby at the grand old age of 48.


Both she and her baby were perfectly healthy.

It won't be easy being an older parent, but at least the child would be wanted, unlike so many.

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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 that 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 that there will be no more babies in our house.

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