Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

Childbirth at 65 (or 66)

Posted on: June 19, 2009

Childbirth at 65

With all the new technology regarding fertility recently, a 65-year-old friend of mine was able to give birth.  When she was discharged from the hospital and went home, I went to visit.  ‘May I see the new baby?’  I asked ‘Not yet ,’  She said ‘I’ll make coffee and we can chat for a while first.’

Thirty minutes had passed, and I asked, ‘May I see the new baby now?’

‘No, not yet,’ she said.

After another few minutes had elapsed,

I asked again, ‘May I see the baby now?’

‘No, not yet,’ replied my friend.

Growing very impatient, I asked, ‘Well, when can I see the baby?’

‘WHEN HE CRIES!’ she told me.

‘WHEN HE CRIES?’ I demanded. ‘Why do I have to wait until he CRIES?’

‘BECAUSE I FORGOT WHERE I PUT HIM, O.K.?!!’

Okay, so this was a bit of light-hearted nonsense, but … it is true a woman of 66 gave birth to a son in May after undergoing IVF treatment in a Ukraine clinic. In the UK fertility treatment is not usually recommended for women over 40.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5398437/Woman-of-66-becomes-Britains-oldest-mother.html

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