Twins for world's oldest mum

  1. A 67-year-old Spanish woman became the world's oldest new mother when she gave birth to twins at a Barcelona hospital on Saturday.
    Barcelona Hospital de Sant Pau says the woman gave birth by Caesarean section.
    A hospital spokeswoman told AFP the unnamed woman and her offspring, whose sex was not revealed on grounds of patient confidentiality, were doing well.
    Twins for world's oldest mum. 31/12/2006. ABC News Online

    We are already gearing up for more maternal complications with the aging maternal population but this is getting somewhat ridiculous!!
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    P. confedentiality, yet this much still made the news

    No further comment.
  4. by   bethin
    It's everyone's right to procreate, but at 67??? You have to think about the kids that didn't choose to be born to a 67 year old woman. IMO, I find it a bit selfish. She'll be lucky to see her kids graduate. Who's going to be there for them? Who's going to be the mother who helps her kids out when they have a baby for the first time? Who's going to chase the kids around when it comes time for soccer, baseball, dance classes, etc? It takes alot of energy to do that.

    God bless those babies.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from bethin
    It's everyone's right to procreate, but at 67??? You have to think about the kids that didn't choose to be born to a 67 year old woman. IMO, I find it a bit selfish. She'll be lucky to see her kids graduate. Who's going to be there for them? Who's going to be the mother who helps her kids out when they have a baby for the first time? Who's going to chase the kids around when it comes time for soccer, baseball, dance classes, etc? It takes alot of energy to do that.

    God bless those babies.
    As an older mom . . . I feel that I need to mention that age doesn't necessarily equal disability and death.

    My in-law's have cared for our son since he was four months old when I went back to work part-time. They have him at least 2 days a week when I work and other times just for babysitting. They went to So. Cal with us recently and traipsed all over Knott's Berry Farm and a three story IKEA. My mother-in-law gardens with him, cans fruits and veggies, and my father-in-law takes him on the tractor and plays on the floor with him and his Legos and reads to him from his books about the Navy and tells him WWII stories about brave men and women.

    Don't discount the elderly - we get around alot better than the olden days.

    (49 y.o. of a 5 year old, a 17 y.o., a 21 y.o. and 23 y.o.)

    steph
  6. by   bethin
    Steph, I wasn't saying that 40 or even 50 year olds shouldn't have children d/t disability and old age - which 40 or 50 isn't old. I was saying that at 67 she has to think of the future for her kids. Odds are, grandparents are dead or very old and not able to do the things that we think grandparents should do. There are some young 67 year olds out there but I haven't seen her, so I think worse case scenario.

    Now, if she can run around and play with them, without breaking a hip, more power to her. I'm more worried about the children.

    BTW, I'll have kids at 45 when all the others have left the house. Can't stand a quiet house.
  7. by   bethin
    Quote from stevielynn
    Don't discount the elderly - we get around alot better than the olden days. steph

    I'm not discounting the elderly. I'm saying that for the children, they're not going to know they're great grandparents, there will be no cousins that are their age, how will the children feel when they go to school and others find out their mom had them at 67? I could care less when people have kids, as long as they think about their children's lives.

    And steph, 45 isn't old. That's still young. :spin:

    And I'm going to leave it at that. Age doesn't matter as long as you think about your children's lives.
    Last edit by bethin on Jan 3, '07
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    I am mostly being tongue-in-cheek . . . I understand the concerns. It always hits me wrong when people talk about older parents though.

    My son has lots of cousins to play with - granted they are the children of my nieces and nephews. But he has a 7 y.o. female cousin whose parents just had a baby girl. He has another cousin who is 7 months old. All younger than him - 2nd cousins but cousins nonetheless.

    I grew up w/o seeing my extended family much - and I'm estranged from some of them. And my mom had all her kids in her 20's.

    So, you never know.

    steph
  9. by   bethin
    Steph, you are right, you never know. But the article doesn't state anything about parents, cousins, etc. Again, I'm thinking worse case scenario and you're thinking best case scenario. Neither are wrong as you have to examine both sides.
  10. by   gwenith
    A large part of our critical care is looking after complications of pregnancy (we are a tertiary referral hospital) and the older the Mum the more likely she is to have a rough time. I have seen AF, cardiomyopathy and even runs of VT (though they were young mums) so I dread to think of the cardiac risk that a 67 year old has with a twin pregnancy!!
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from gwenith
    A large part of our critical care is looking after complications of pregnancy (we are a tertiary referral hospital) and the older the Mum the more likely she is to have a rough time. I have seen AF, cardiomyopathy and even runs of VT (though they were young mums) so I dread to think of the cardiac risk that a 67 year old has with a twin pregnancy!!
    Well, looking at it from my viewpoint as an OB nurse, you are right - it would be scary to walk into the room and see a 67 y.o. pregnant with twins awaiting a pit induction.

    However, I just have to say I'd rather see a 67 y.o. woman in labor vs. a 20 y.o. meth addict in labor.

    steph
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    amen, and amen, Steph.

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