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The mother of all dilemmas . . .

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | 0 comments

Patricia had her last son when she was 45Patricia Cronnelly, mum of three sons, thinks we should give Elizabeth Adeney support.

'I won't condemn her," says Patricia, who had her last son when she was 45.
"Isn't she a brave woman to get pregnant at 66? She says she's fit. I wish her luck.

"I'm not saying women of 60-plus should get pregnant. I wouldn't do it. I'm not going to have a fourth baby at 49 or 50, but that's for selfish reasons. I breastfeed as long as my children want me to, and we have them in the bed. It's full-on parenting for around five years, and I'm not prepared to make that commitment.

"It's not so much age that matters as the bond that you have with your child and the quality of care. Will an 18-year-old have a better or worse quality in the relationship than a 66-year-old whose ego has been burned away?

"You can't tell without knowing what motivates her. We don't know what kind of person she is, or what kind of child she will have. She could have been a useless mother at 20 and useless at 66; or wonderful at 20 and even more amazing now."

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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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