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Oldest lady, with her own eggs, was 50

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, May 05, 2008 | 1 comments

Yes, women do give birth successfully in their 40's, the oldest lady that I ever delivered giving birth to a child created with her own eggs was in fact 50 and this was a son, after she'd had 11 daughters.

So I told the husband it was time they really could stop now. But ...


And can I just add in an e-mail from Suzanne who was herself shocked to find herself pregnant at the age of 48. She's already the mother of five, the oldest 28, so it was a shock.


Anybody out there 47 years old or over and pregnant? I am 47 and due in September. This too is my first child. It is a blessing.

Got a BFP [big fat positive - postive pregnancy test] on Friday, I’m not 44 but I will be in November. My daughters fiance's mom was 48 when she had him, my husband’s mom was 40, my ex-siter-in-law was 44 when she had a full term baby girl. SO it really does happen.

This last few weeks I did alot of thinking and praying. I was ready to go back to a therapist to talk and my problems and pretty much giving up on pregnancy. There was a lot of stress about getting old, blah blah blah. Don’t give up hope, I had 3 of my 5 kids when I was 36 and older.

Spontaneous pregnancies in older mothers are occasionally reported. This occurrence raises certain questions related to the mechanism of conception, the consequences of maternity at an advanced age, and the natural history of such pregnancies. Sometimes, an extraordinary case provides insight and clues for our understanding of the ordinary. We present a case of a 56-year-old primipara with spontaneous twin gestation complicated with pregnancy-induced hypertension.

We delivered discordant twins, weighing 2200 and 1400 g at 35 weeks’ gestation. Both infants were discharged with normal neurological and ophthalmologic status on day 43 of life.

This case, to the best of our knowledge, describes the oldest mother having a spontaneous twin gestation. Since this rare occurrence might definitely be underreported, we could only recall the Biblical description of a singleton birth: Abraham & Sarah.

Full story:

Image: Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood, by Elizabeth Gregory. Publisher: Basic Books (December 25, 2007)
Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood
by Elizabeth Gregory

-- Over the past three decades, skyrocketing numbers of women have chosen to start their families in their late thirties and early forties.

In 2005, ten times as many women had their first child between the ages of 35 and 39 as in 1975, and thirteen times as many had their first between 40 and 44.

Women now have the option to define for themselves when they're ready for family, rather than sticking to a schedule set by social convention.

As a society, however, we have yet to come to terms with the phenomenon of later motherhood, and women who decide it makes sense for them to delay pregnancy often find themselves confronted with alarmist warnings about the dangers of waiting too long.

In Ready, Elizabeth Gregory tracks the burgeoning trend of new later motherhood and demonstrates that for many women today, waiting for family works best.

She provides compelling evidence of the benefits of having children later -- by birth or by adoption.

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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:

    I had a baby boy last year, when i was 44 years old using my own eggs,He was full term and 9 pounds and healthy as a horse. We are trying again to have anouther one, even thou i misscarried 6 months ago. I hope this time for a little girl.

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