Monday, May 18, 2009

Pregnant at 66, For Better or Worse

She's no Octomom, but her pregnancy is bound to raise eyebrows, as well as debate. Elizabeth Adeney, a 66-year-old woman from Suffolk, England, is eight-months pregnant. Yes, pregnant at 66, and loving it.

Much like Nadya Suleman, Elizabeth Adeney used in-vitro fertilization, and to become pregnant at 66. At her age, she is four years older than the previous U.K. record holder. That said, she's four years younger than the world record holder, 70-year-old Omkari Panwar, who gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, in India via emergency C-section in 2008.

According to the Mail Online, she is a well-to-do divorcee who has been desperate to conceive for years. To be pregnant at 66 as she is now, she traveled to the Ukraine to reach a controversial IVF clinic which has helped a number of women get pregnant using donor eggs and sperm.

Interestingly, a spokesman for the Church of England said:
"A child is a gift not a right. For those who have never received that gift we can well understand their desire to have children but it is always important to think in those circumstances about what is really in the child's best interests."
Still more interesting is the reply by the doctor who performed IVF treatments on Patricia Rashbrook, a woman who gave birth at the age of 62 in Britain. Professor Severino Antinori feels that Adeney being pregnant at 66 is a mistake.
"The maximum age for a woman to have a child should be 63, because the average lifespan is 83 years of age and the child needs a mum for the first 18 to 20 years. The risks for a mum for giving birth at the age of 66 are very high. They include possible hypertension and even the risk of coma. Rashbrook was good medical science; we did 150 analyses in her case and we found she had a biological age of 45 even though her real age was, of course, much older."
Readers, what do you think? Pregnant at 66, good idea, or bad?
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Anonymous said...

I think she should be left alone. It is a gift, and if she feels she can handle with with help from family and friends then who has the right to tell her no. It is her body her desision, her child. God bless

Arkady said...

It's not a gift at all - it's selfish. She's past menopause and should just accept that nature - and, incidentally, Anonymous above, God - didn't intend her to have children. The child she carries is not hers biologically; I doubt very much if the original egg donor intended her eggs to go to a woman old enough to be a grandmother.

If a woman is too old to be considered a suitable parent for adoption or fostering purposes, then she should be deemed too old for IVF.

Anonymous said...

There are already enough children on this planet without fertility doctors planting embryos in women willy nilly. There's no telling what kind of complications this pregnancy will bring for her or the child, and I think it's selfish of her to have done this.

Anonymous said...

How can you speak for God? Do you have a direct line no one else know about? And for you to say it was not ment to be?? I guess all thoughs with cancer, aids, broken bones, bad hearts, etc...are ment to be that way? So I guess thos docs need to stop playing God too

GAry Greenwood said...

Dear Arkady,
And just WHO do YOU think YOU ARE??? By the looks of your silly BLUE hair you should NOT be THROWING STONES. Remember what they say about people that live in glass houses! If this woman wants a child it is HER RIGHT..NOT YOURS! Are you related to Paris Hilton? Your stupid public statements seem to indicate you just might be!

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