The World’s Oldest Mom?

2394471584_84287bdf24_2Could you fathom having a baby when you’re a senior citizen? Seventy-year old Omkari Penwar didn’t have any qualms about it—she just gave birth to twins! She and her husband have two daughters (and five grandchildren), but they wanted a male heir so badly that they spent their life savings and took out a loan to pay for IVF. They got their wish: Penwar had a boy and a girl. One question I have (among many): What doctor thought it would be a good idea to try IVF on a woman this old? What do you guys think?

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  1. by Tara

    On July 7, 2008 at 10:17 am

    I agree. Who thinks this is O.K.? I think it’s selfish on behalf of the parents. These poor children have just a short time with their parents before their gone. Not to mention the quality of life they are providing for their children.

  2. by j. caroline

    On July 7, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I was just so relieved to read the article and see it wasn’t about me! At 43, I’m not even a competitor for this title. Well, I am in my neighborhood, but not in the world.

  3. by andrea

    On July 7, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    I think that its no one’s business but theirs.

  4. by Tracy

    On July 7, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I think it is their right to do it, but I’m surprised they found a doctor to do it for them. They will not be around to take care of the children. I don’t think having a male heir is that important but I know lots of people (including my in-laws) feel different. Good luck to them and their children.

  5. by j-fer

    On July 7, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    This boggles my mind! I’m so tired from chasing my 2 yr old at 35 yrs old! I can’t imagine!!!!!!!!!

  6. by Amy

    On July 7, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    having just had twins (at age 33) I think its a pretty terrible idea for a 70 year old woman. it was hard on my body, and I’m young. I think that just because a woman CAN have a woman at 70, doesn’t mean she should.
    but hey, good for her. best of luck, I say.
    just my $.02

  7. by Mother-of-2-girls

    On July 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Can’t people be happy with only having daughters? Girls are not second best, when is the world going to realize this????

  8. by Joy

    On July 7, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I wonder who will have to raise the twins when mommy and daddy are gone? I pray the Lord Bless em all! :)

  9. by Julie

    On July 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Yes, it may be their business…..for now, but who’s business will it become when they are gone? I, too, think it’s a bit on the selfish side.

  10. by Michaela

    On July 7, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    That is so sad! Those kids deserve, just like ALL children, an active mom and dad who will be around to share their lives with… this is so selfish and unfair to those babies!

  11. by mary

    On July 7, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Its sad to say but the reality is that there is never a guarantee that mom and dad will always be around in any family no matter what their age. There is a chance that because of their age they may not be around for much of the twins life, but are there not chances that younger parents may not be around either?

  12. by mimi

    On July 7, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    I don’t think I am one to judge someone else’s decision about whether or not to have a child. I am sure they thought about all of the possibilities and that these babies will be loved dearly. Is a 16 year old having a baby any different???

  13. by Angela V.

    On July 7, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    My thought is, when they grow older, if they find out why their parents decided to do this, how will the girl feel if she finds out that the reason they did it was because they so desperately wanted a boy? I feel sad for her. And I think it would be weird for the older sisters. I imagine they will end up being the substitue mothers.

  14. by Kim

    On July 8, 2008 at 11:51 am

    I hope that her husband is an awful lot younger than her, because otherwise, I feel sorry for their two daughters – there is more than a good chance that before the twins turn 18 their sisters will end up caring for them. I can understand a woman in her 40s wanting to have children – and sometimes that even happens naturally – but if statistically you don’t have 20-25 years left to raise your kids until they’re old enough to take care of themselves, why bring them into the world? That’s just selfish…

  15. by Kim

    On July 8, 2008 at 11:52 am

    I hope that her husband is an awful lot younger than her, because otherwise, I feel sorry for their two daughters – there is more than a good chance that before the twins turn 18 their sisters will end up caring for them. I can understand a woman in her 40s wanting to have children – and sometimes that even happens naturally – but if statistically you don’t have 20-25 years left to raise your kids until they’re old enough to take care of themselves, why bring them into the world? That’s just selfish…

  16. by Jennifer C

    On July 8, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Wow. I have no idea how to feel about this. I suppose it’s really none of my business. But it just seems really selfish and not very practical.

  17. by Emilie

    On July 9, 2008 at 9:43 am

    I agree that it is the parent’s choice but I totally disagree with the decision. Besides the fact it was to have a male heir, I just think it is so unfair to the poor children. You can always argue that everyone has a chance to loose their parents at a young age but the chances go way up when you start at 70. I also think that no matter how active you might be, you still can’t keep up with babies and active toddlers the same way. Parenthood is hard enough without adding old age to the mix. You can’t compare to a 16 year old because they usually don’t plan to have them as this couple did. If it was an strange accident than that would be totally different.

  18. by JenO

    On July 9, 2008 at 10:13 am

    I have a friend who adopted kids at age 46, 52, and 53. (granted the last one was 13 when adopted) She still stays pretty active with them. Her hubby is 11 years younger, we aren’t given an age for the dad.
    It does seem a little silly to want a male “heir” (does this mean the daughters don’t get anything?) but they are..uh…from another generation. (that feels weird to type when their recent kids are essentially the same age as mine)
    I WOULD be ok with it…except that they spent their life savings to do it. If they still had plenty of money that could be used to help raise the kids if necessary it wouldn’t be any different than other families that have nannys raise their kids for them. (and yes, I know there are plenty of healthy nanny relationships out there, too! :)

  19. by Rachel

    On July 9, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Personally, I think that IVF is a great technology for people who are married, young, and can’t have kids any other way. But if you’ve passed the time of life to naturally have kids, people just shouldn’t mess with it. Now that those sweet babies are here though, I hope that the extended family will rally around them and pitch in to give them a great childhood!

  20. by brenda

    On July 12, 2008 at 10:12 am

    I just think it’s sad to know they’ll lose their parents at such a young age. That’s all.

  21. by Kristy C

    On July 15, 2008 at 11:01 am

    What they don’t talk about though is the fact that it’s about a 0% chance that she was able to use her own eggs. The majority of older (48 and older)moms, do not have the luxury of using their own biological eggs. Until technology figures out how to freeze eggs, the window of opportunity for women to have their own biological children remains open for only a specified amount of time.
    So in reality he wanted a biological heir. It would have been near impossible for them to adopt as well, given their age. I think that it’s sad that a fertility clinic agreed to surpass the natural and common boundaries of parenting.

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