A Baby @ 62

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    A baby at 62 and back to work for our oldest mum

    by GORDON RAYNER - 30th January 2007

    She is at an age when most women are relishing retirement - from both their job and from the responsibilities of family.

    But relaxation is far from the mind of Britain's oldest mother, 63-year-old Patricia Rashbrook. Six months after giving birth to Jude, she is returning to her job as a child psychiatrist

    She plans to combine the two demanding tasks by working from home so she can stay close to her young son. Read more...
    • Why I lied to doctors, by world's oldest mother, aged 67

    Dr Rashbrook wants to convert the basement of her £500,000 home in Lewes, East Sussex, into a consulting room so she can work part-time there when her maternity leave ends later this year.
    She intends to operate from 10am to 4pm, having previously said she and her 61-year-old husband John Farrant would work part-time so they could share childcare equally.
    After Jude was born last July, Dr Rashbrook insisted that - despite being old enough to draw her pension - her age would not prevent her behaving like any other new mother.

    She has been able to draw upon the experience of having three children, now adults, by her late first husband. Her baby - known as JJ - was conceived using a donor egg in an IVF clinic in Russia.

    The couple were referred by controversial Italian fertility expert Professor Severino Antinori after being refused treatment in the UK.
    JJ's birth reignited the emotive debate over the rights and wrongs of giving fertility treatment to women who are many years past their natural child-bearing age.

    The controversy was again in the spotlight at the weekend after Carmela Bousada, an unmarried Spaniard aged 67, became the world's oldest mother.
    She gave birth to twins after lying about her age to doctors at a private clinic in Los Angeles which refuses to treat women over 55. Miss Bousada, who came close to death during a difficult pregnancy, went through the menopause 18 years ago.

    Yesterday Mr Farrant, a higher education consultant, said his wife would not be commenting on her working arrangements at their home.
    The basement of the regency townhouse is being used as a hair salon but the Farrants have applied to their council to alter its use.
    One neighbour said: 'Good luck to her. I take my hat off to her for holding down a job and being a mother at her age.
    'We don't see much of her any more so I guess she's already spending a lot of time at home.'

    After giving birth to Jude by Caesarean section, Dr Rashbrook told the Mail that she intended to take a year off work before returning part-time.
    Earlier this month, the Office for National Statistics revealed that women were working longer hours in paid employment than at any period in peace-time history.
    The ONS also noted that a record 300,000 men now stay at home as 'house husbands'.
  2. Wow!!! I cant imagine having a baby at that age, it is hard enough when you are in your 20's, 30's and 40's....EEKS!
  3. I disapprove. They'll be dead in 5 years and then the baby will have no parents. It isn't very responsible. People need to think about the baby, not themselves and what they want.
  4. :shocked: 62...wow. :shocked:
  5. Very selfish. Why didn't she ADOPT ???????????? OR become a foster parent ????????????:cursing: :hysteric:
  6. ^^ I agree. This is probably one of the most selfish things I've ever heard of.:wtf: :cursing:
  7. ITA!!!! some people never think ahead..or think of how it would affect the children SADLY :crybaby: :crybaby: :crybaby:
    if they really wanted a child they could have adopted an older child in need at least :/
  8. the baby is sooo adorable... but the parents????? uhmmm....
  9. ITA
  10. I actually find her situation quite sad and very selfish. I feel bad for her baby. She is absolutely too old to be a new mother. She's already in her 60s...By the time the baby is 18, she will be 80 and could already be gone by then.

    ...I'm sorry, I'm all for women having babies in their 30s and 40s - but 60? That's just too old..
  11. Just like all who have already responded to this post, my first reaction is feeling very sad for the baby and concerned about her psychological development.
    I remember when my college roommate confided in me about her shame of revealing to her classmates her aging mother (60's, father dead by then). Her older sister, in her 40's then, was more like her mother. I just can't imagine how uneasy and uncomfortable (perhaps shameful) it is for the child to introduce her parents at teacher's conference, soccer game, or birthday parties. The worse part is that the growing child is likely to face old age, sickness, and even death of either or both parents at a tender young age. In the forming years and in young adulthood, the care-providing and advice-giving of parents are much needed. Will her ambitious yet aging parents be around for the child during all of these critical needful times? Sorry, unlike the choice of conceiving, there is no choice in this matter. It is up to God.
  12. This gets into the whole "Are women in charge of their own bodies?" debate.

    If a woman has the right to choose to abort her fetus, she should be able to have the right to choose when she wants to have a baby, as long as she's physically able to, of course.

    I understand what people are saying when they say it might not be the best idea, considering the woman's age, but as long as she's giving the baby the best care possible, why not?

    What's the most important thing is the welfare of the baby. Right now, the woman seems to be taking care of that.
  13. My uncle and his wife are having their first baby right now. She is 42 and he is 56. It was a "surprise" baby and was not planned. My uncle is healthy and retired and will have lots of time to spend with his baby. If god forbid something happened to him, his wife is 14 years younger than him.

    Some younger parents don't spend any time with their children.
    Some younger parents abuse their children.
    I work every day with teenagers who gave birth at 14, 15 years old. Are they any better off?
  14. um...ouch?

    as for the selfish comment above, i agree wholeheartly, but i don't think that adopting is the key either. at that age, not that it's wrong but you have to kind of think towards the future.

    when she's seventy he's how old? seven?
  15. The whole thing is very sad for me. Hopefully his mother will live long enough to see him go to preschool and get the whole experience of motherhood. The poor thing is going to have to get over his mother's death at a young age. Children are a blessing and I hope everything all works out for her.