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Last year,  a 66-year-old Spanish woman named Carmela Bousada gave birth to premature twins in Southern California.  Bousada, a retired department store clerk who’s now 67, has said that the time wasn’t right for her previously to bring children into the world.

“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of,” she told a British newspaper.

Now she’s become the world’s oldest new mother, joining a batch of other recent moms in their mid-50s and early 60s.
Biology and destiny long ago parted ways, and not just because women are in charge of their own fertility, deciding when, if and how to participate in the reproductive process.

It was a decade ago that medical science figured out how to circumvent the natural closure of menopause and prolong women’s ability to bear children conceived using donor eggs.

So my question is, should there be an age limit on a woman who wants to have a baby?


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      Angie08 wrote May 23, 2008
    • I do not think I could handle a child at that age. The thought of carrying a child for 9 months at 67 scares me. I thought the back pain at thirty was bad, I guess I was lucky.

      I agree with Stephanie. If the child is healthy, and the mother takes care of her child then there is no problem with a very late pregnancy.

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      Beverly Mahone wrote May 24, 2008
    • Stephanie and Angie,

      Have you considered how old this woman would be when her child starts kindergarten?  And what are the chances she’ll still be around when the child graduates from high school?  Is it fair to have a child at that age and then be forced to give them to someone else when they get to a point that they can no longer raise them?

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      Carine Nadel wrote May 24, 2008
    • personally, too old.  it’s just not fair to this child.  pardon my forcefulness here-this was a totally selfish thing to do.  And for just the reasons you stated Bev.
      I think of myself-if I were to have a baby now-how unfair this would be-a mom who has trouble keeping up w/ herself, trying to raise an infant?

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      Maria Louise Van Deuson wrote Dec 30, 2008
    • I don’t think it’s fair to the child that her parent(s) could die before he/she reaches the age of independence. I had a dream the other night that I was pregnant at 48 (not possible...I’m post-menopausal) and my husband will be 62 in a few weeks.

      In my opinion, there really is a point where quality of life for everyone involved, becomes an issue with age of being a parent.

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