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At 51, she gave birth to twin girls

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, January 09, 2008 | 0 comments

Often, women will seek IVF treatment [in vitro fertilization] because they have found their partner late in life. Jenna (not her real name) met her husband when she was 37. A part-time health worker who lives in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, she was lucky to conceive naturally when she was 39, but wanted another child and went on a donor egg program after a few failed attempts at IVF.

While waiting for a donor to come up, Jenna conceived naturally again, aged 44. But that didn't stop her maternal urge. "I know it might sound funny, but I have a very strong maternal instinct," she says. "When I left the maternity ward (aged 44) I thought I would like another child, even though I was old. I can't explain that. It's actually a strong desire."

She went on the donor egg program again, and, two days short of turning 51, she gave birth to twin girls.

"It is exhausting, it is tiring," she says with a laugh, as her two-year-old twins run amok, playing games and talking nonsense, as kids do, screaming "chocolate chicken!" and falling about laughing.


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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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