A mum at 64: Woman makes NZ medical history

Official government statistics show around 30 women aged in their 50s have delivered children in New Zealand hospitals over the past three years. The previous oldest mum here was 57. Photo: Getty Images
Official government statistics show around 30 women aged in their 50s have delivered children in New Zealand hospitals over the past three years. The previous oldest mum here was 57. Photo: Getty Images
A 64-year-old woman has made New Zealand medical history by becoming the country's oldest woman to give birth.

The woman fought red tape and ageism - and eventually was forced to travel in secret to eastern Europe for specialist fertility treatment to realise her dream.

Her baby boy is younger than her grandchildren.

Official government statistics show around 30 women aged in their 50s have delivered children in New Zealand hospitals over the past three years. The previous oldest mum here was 57.

The proud mum says fertility laws in this country are outdated and must change to keep up with advances in science - and adapt to our changing demographic landscape.

But she also reveals the toll it has taken with family and friends struggling to accept her decision - and questioning the baby's future with a single parent about to qualify for a Gold Card.

And she opens up on the discrimination she is suffering as she us targeted by authorities apparently refusing to be satisfied that she can care for the child.

"Women are living longer. It was sensational when the first baby was born by IVF and after four decades it's commonplace.

"I realise I'm in my 60s but I don't think it will be that long before it becomes the social norm for women to be having their family in their 50s."

Comments

If a child is born to a parent that genuinely loves them and that parent has the where with all to nurture the child through to self sufficiency, then this is truely a wonderful start in the world for any kiddy.

It is a sad indictment on our society that we have a government driven attitude touted in the name of socialism to encourage teenagers to make a career of cycling out unwanted children every few years to reenable eligibility to benefit payments; we do nothing to address the fact that meth addicts continually produce unwanted children with no consideration to their well being; we do nothing to protect children unlucky enough to be born to religious nutters who indoctrinate them into insanity ...

... and then when a person with the capacity to care for their offspring ... brings a much wanted child into the world ... society jumps in to criticise their age ...

I wish the mother and child a happy life full of love and free from intrusive opinions of those that have used the advertisement break in Coronation St to pass judgement.

However John, this is not a 64 year old woman who just happened to fall pregnant and decided to continue with her pregnancy. This woman was biologically incapable of conceiving naturally, hence why she had to travel to eastern Europe for specialist fertility treatment. There's a reason that nature does not intend for elderly woman to become mothers. She is entering a stage in her life where she is will be at a greater risk for several serious health issues, including many cancers and other diseases. At 84 (older than the average life expectancy in NZ I might add) she will be managing the trials and tribulations of being a single mother to a 20 year old son. You appear to have entirely based your opinion on the unhealthy needs of this woman, with little concern for the unusual upbringing her son will face, when his mother will be decades older than the parents of his peers. And by the way, maybe check your own judgement - "free from intrusive opinions of those that have used the advertisement break in Coronation St to pass judgement" Given her age, it's quite likely this mother is a Coronation St viewer.

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