Two Strong Women Gave Birth, at 51 Years Old!
These two amazing moms might live in different cities, but they have one thing in common: they both gave birth over 50!
Tracey Kahn, a single mom and publicist in New York City, recently welcomed her second child (and second daughter) at the age of 51. Both her newborn, Eloise Becket, and her 2-year-old, Scarlet, were conceived via in vitro fertilization with anonymous sperm and eggs from the same donors, making them biological sisters.
Although Kahn wanted to have kids earlier in life, she didn't let time or age stop her. "I get responses like, 'OMG you're so old, why would you do that?'," Kahn told People. "I tell them that I'm in good health and just decided to fulfill my dream of having kids, whether I was married or not. It's all about how you raise them."
As for Rosalind Aguirre of Hartford, Connecticut, she also gave birth to her second child at 51 -- but decades after giving birth to her first child, David, at the age of 17. For years, since her mid-30s, Aguirre wanted a second child, but it became difficult to conceive naturally. Although she considered IVF treatments, they were too expensive in the U.S.
To fulfill her desire of having another child, Aguirre and her husband returned to their birth country, Peru, to pursue more affordable IVF treatments. Doctors were able to fertilize her own eggs (which were still viable) with her husband's sperm. Within weeks, Aguirre discovered she was pregnant, and baby Katherine was born earlier this week.
Plenty of celeb moms (including Halle Berry and Laura Linney) have also given birth later in life, but usually in their late 40s. Sophie B. Hawkins (best known for her radio hit, "As I Lay Me Down") will be one of the few to give birth in her 50s. To do so, the singer underwent IVF, using eggs she froze during her 30s (a procedure that can cost in the five figures) and donated sperm. She's expected to give birth in July to her second child, who will join 6-year-old big brother Dashiell.
According to TODAY, research from the CDC states that "births by women ages 50 to 54 is still a small number" even though "it rose by more than 165 percent from 255... in 2000 to 677 in 2013, most through IVF." Despite the costs of IVF and egg freezing, this trend is continuing as it becomes safer for healthy, older women to give birth in safer conditions. However, medical issues such as preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, diabetes, and preterm deliveries are still potential risks.
For both Kahn and Aguirre, though, the long process and journey to their second births was worth it -- they are the happiest they have ever been.
Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.
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