Days like today, when I've had about 30 minutes sleep since 3:30am (thanks, Sophia), I'd say 36 is too old. But British woman, Elizabeth Adeney (above) is set to give birth and she has an extra 30 years on me...that's right, she will become a mum for the first time a few weeks before her 67th birthday.
A successful businesswoman, she says she feels fit and ready to have a child and is not concerned about the lack of support available to her (she is divorced and has no family in the UK). She also says she wants someone to leave her money too. I say, let's see how sprightly and independent she feels at 2am when her baby has a raging fever and all the money in the world can't make it better.
Her son was conceived by IVF treatment using a donor egg at a clinic in Ukraine as British clinics refuse to treat woman over 50. I have a bit of a problem with this.
I think menopause is the body's way of saying "hey, having a baby at your age probably isn't such a hot idea...so let's just shut off all that equipment that would give you that option." Donor eggs, of course, mean that women of any age can fall pregnant even if their own are no longer viable.
Having had to get some help along the way with our first little treasure, I firmly believe in the right of any woman to access assisted reproduction - but I think this really pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable.
Ethical issues aside, has Ms Adeney given any thought to how she might cope with kicking a soccer ball with her son at, say, 77? Or whether she'll even still be alive to see him reach adulthood? To me, it smacks of selfishness.
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