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Kathleen was 55 when she had her son

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 1 comments

Image: 55-Year-Old Gives BirthSep. 9, 1987 -- A 55-year-old grandmother delivered a healthy boy Wednesday, becoming the oldest woman to give birth in Britain. The 65-year-old father said he was over the moon.

Kathleen Campbell, who has six other children ranging in age from 16 to 22, gave birth by Caesarean section at Nottingham City Hospital, the hospital reported.

The baby, named Joby Isaac, weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Mother and baby are both fine and are now resting, a hospital official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. There were no complications.

Mrs. Campbell, who was born in Ireland, was 55 years and 141 days old Wednesday. She and her husband, Sydney, a retired welder, live in Cotmanhay in central England. Their oldest child is 22.

The couple are grandparents, but the hospital was unable to say how many grandchildren they have.

The baby's father rejoiced over the birth, saying: It wouldn't have bothered me if it had been twins or triplets.

He added: My youngest son is 16 years old now and the new baby will be something to have around the house.

Previously, the record for the oldest woman to give birth in Britain was held by the late Winifred Wilson of Eccles in northwest England. She gave birth to her 10th child in 1936 at age 55 and three days, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Doctors had advised Mrs. Campbell that having a baby might endanger her life because she weighed 294 pounds and had high blood pressure. But during the pregnancy, she lost 70 pounds and her health improved.

Two out of every 1 million births in Britain are to women over 50. Menopause, the permanent cessation of menstruation, usually occurs between age 40 and 50.

According to the Guinness book, the oldest mother was Ruth Alice Kistler, who gave birth to a daughter at Glendale near Los Angeles on Oct. 18, 1956. She was 57 years and 129 days old.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
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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  1. emilializ says:

    I am sorry you were not able to add to your family. I am in a somewhat similar situation: I raised a daughter as a single (never married) mother (my parents accused my daughter's father of abandoning her, which in a way is true; however, we sort of drifted apart, and in the end, I was the one who told him I didn't want to continue any romantic relationship). Now I am in a relationship in which I would love to have a child, but there are two "handicaps." First, I am now past menopause. When I met my current fiancé, my periods were already starting to get irregular (ironically at the same time my daughter started menstruating at age 12). Second, I have a feeling my fiancé may be infertile. He is not interested in adopting, and realistically, given our age, I doubt we would qualify. So while I sometimes dream about the child we would have had (we even had names lined up!), now I'm content with my life with my human daughter and my canine daughter (I'm considering adopting a turtle as well). I sometimes think of Corinne Paraplaix, a Frenchwoman who in the 1980s tried to get pregnant through artificial insemination with her dead husband's sperm. She failed to conceive through the sperm, but she later remarried and had a biological child. Perhaps I can contemplate what she said after the failure of her insemination: "This baby will live on in my heart."

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