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'.