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Karen Johnston, 54, gave birth to twins

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 2 comments

Image: Karen Johnston, 54, gave birth to twins
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I went through the menopause six years ago and was too old for fertility treatment in the UK

Karen Johnston, 54, gave birth to twins Asa and Imogen 13 weeks prematurely in March.

She lives in Bicester, Oxfordshire, with husband Roger, 55, a former Army sergeant who now works for a car manufacturer.

The couple have eight other children — Daniel, 33, Jemma, 28, Scott, 27, Amy, 26, Aiden, 17, Bethany, 14, Joseph, 13, and Willow, two.

Karen says: All I've ever wanted is lots of babies.

But had I looked like an old lady and been in poor health, there's no way I'd have continued having them into my 50s.

I went through the menopause six years ago and was too old for fertility treatment in the UK.

So Roger and I flew to the Czech Republic for IVF using donor eggs and conceived Willow.

We did the same last year to conceive Imogen and Asa, at a total cost of £6,000 for the two separate treatments.

I wouldn't recommend that women choose to wait until my age to have children.

If they've met the right person I'd urge them to get on with it in their 30s.

We won't be having any more. The twins were the perfect way to bow out of childbirth.

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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:

    Thanks for the story
    I am 40 years old single ,and my dream to have baby ,I cry always when I think that I may not have baby due to my age ,I also to have baby I have to get married according to my relegion ,do you think I will find a man who accepet to marry a women at 40 years old,

    I am too deppressed because I didnt meet yet a kind man to build with him a great family and to have kids .

  2. Anonymous says:

    You are not too old at forty to be attracted to a man for marriage. There is nothing too hard for the Lord your Creator to do. I got married for the first time 2 years ago at the age of 50 to a lovely man of the same age as me. Like you, due to my Christian belief I waited in faith for the man that would marry me and did not contemplate having a child out of wedlock even though I would very much love to be a mother. I am 52yrs now and I'm still very much hopeful and believe that my dream of motherhood will surely come true eventually.

    All things are possible to those who believe!

    Please do not give up nor allow yourself to be depressed because of your situation, be hopeful, your miracle is round the corner.

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