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57y when she gave birth, a natural conception

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | 0 comments

I remember when I was a teenager, my aunt showed me a picture of the woman in the Guinness Book of Records who was the "world's oldest mother" at that time...

The woman was 56 when she gave birth to her daughter...

My aunt said dryly, "Well, I'm sure women have had babies at an older age than that.."

Which really wasn't surprising comment coming from her, she was 63 and still having monthly periods....

Out of curiosity I looked in the current Guinness book and the woman who had the record was 57 years and 120 days when she gave birth to her child, a natural conception. Of course now there are women in the same book who have had babies way over 60, but they used donor eggs.


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Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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