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I don't regret having a baby at 57

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 2 comments

I don't regret having a baby at 57, reveals Britain's oldest first-time mother a year after giving birth
Thrilled to be a family: Susan Tollefsen and Nick Mayer with 13-month-old Freya | © Mark Large
I know there are people who will always think I was selfish to have a baby at 57, but Freya couldn't be more loved or cared for, and people live longer these days, don't they?

There is no reason why, if I stay healthy, I shouldn't live to reach my 80s or 90s and see her into adulthood, says Susan, who turns 59 in October.

I remember once going to a mother and baby club, shortly after Freya was born, and another mother said rather nastily to me: Do you know when she's 12 and starting secondary school, you'll be 70? says Susan.

I replied, rather sharply, Yes, I know that, thank you very much - I can add up.

This Pregnancy Over 40 story was found on DailyMail.co.uk
Read more: I don't regret having a baby at 57, reveals Britain's oldest first-time mother a year after giving birth
Originally posted on May 9, 2009


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Catherine

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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2 comments

  1. Pei says:

    Interesting blog you have there. Just curious, why age 44 and not other number?

  2. Catherine says:

    I picked age 44 because when I started collecting these stories, I kept reading that it was impossible for a woman to get pregnant over 44 years old. So I started collecting stories to prove it was possible.

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