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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, September 05, 2012 | 0 comments

America's oldest mother of twins, 65, on how she lied about her age to conceive now five-year-old sons
America's oldest mother of twins has revealed how she flew to South Africa and lied about her age to doctors, after U.S. clinics refused her IVF treatment.

Frieda Birnbaum, now 65, gave birth to Josh and Jarrett five years ago at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey via caesarean section.

At the time Mrs Birnbaum, who worked as a psychologist, was considered too old to have fertility treatment, however she has now detailed for the first time about how she managed to conceive after seeking help abroad.

Explaining the reason she decided to have more children at a later stage Mrs Birnbaum, who already had three children at the time, added: 'I had children for my husband... call me stupid. I did it because he said 'try it."

Despite becoming a mother again aged 60 Ms Birnbaum, who had her first child aged 26, says that she feels 'more energetic' than she did in her 20's.

Birnbaum and her husband, Ken, first became parents more than three decades ago, when she gave birth to their son Jaeson. Four years later, she had her second child, Alana.

After suffering a miscarriage in her 40's she began IVF and at 53 years old, she gave birth to her third child, Ari.

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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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