Is 65 too old to become a mother again?

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A German woman is set to become world’s oldest mother of quadruplets.

The 65-year-old Berlin woman, who already has 13 children and seven grandchildren, is due to give birth in the summer.

Annegret Raunigk, 65, has revealed she’s expecting quadruplets because her youngest daughter, nine, wanted a little brother or sister.

She’s been trying to get pregnant via artificial insemination over the last year and a half, according to German broadcaster RTL, and her latest pregnancy was the result of artificial insemination using both donated sperm and eggs.

What are your views on this.  Do you think that it is ethical for a menopausal woman to create a life via science? Just because you can does it mean you should?

Is 65 too old to become a mother again?

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SHOEFLY
31st May 2015
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Shame that she is unlikely to see them grow up. that is why nature gave us the menopause.
shunter
24th May 2015
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Too Many People chasing too little (And getting less by the day!)
Of Food Water Accommodation & other stuff we need to keep the
Human race healthy happy & wise & this Moronic imbecile Decides to add to the overpopulation by not one but FOUR more
though she's already produced a sports team! . She should be well & truly ashamed of herself,
andbrown01
23rd May 2015
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BrendaG1
23rd May 2015
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Definitely too old. I think she is going against our natural life cycle. There is a time for parenthood, then we transition to the next phase, as grandparents maybe, or just be there with our years of wisdom (!) and experience to advise the younger generation. We should accept life's phases with grace, and not try to go against our natural biology etc.
HJR58
16th May 2015
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Utter madness! Not thinking about the child. She is also more likely to run into problems with pregnancy and delivery. We have the menopause for a reason!
dotdot
7th May 2015
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At nearly 60 I am no where near as agile or able to do the things I did with my Grandaughter as I did with her brother 8 years before, although we still have great fun. 🙂 As to having a child at 65, that is just plain selfish. It took me a few years to concieve our first child and can remember the pain/sadness I felt not being able to fall pregnant so I sympathise for people that have not been able to have a family. It seems though these elderly woman chose to have a career over family; their child will not have Grandparents, chances are the Mother won't be around much beyond the childs teens . . . what sort of future will their children have? No parents, possibly no siblings . . . . . . very sad.
Oldlady
2nd May 2015
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I think this lady is totally irresponsible.
disgracefulgirl
24th Apr 2015
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I can remember feeling a bit worried as a new mum that I wouldnt see my children to independence before I died. Thankfully everything was fine, but at 60+ the odds are stacked against you. I do understand that maternal feeling but we need to have a bit of self control .
daydreams
18th Apr 2015
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As someone who isn't particularly maternal, and admits to being quite selfish in her old-ish age, I can't imagine anything worse than having children to look after. Good for her if she's fit and healthy enough to cope, and I suppose she has the right to do whatever she wants, and really, who are we to criticize?
nagonthenet
17th Apr 2015
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This is the most selfish thing yet! She already has umpteen kids. When these babies are 20 she will be 85. Has she thought that young people of that age should be preoccupied with university, careers, relationships, travel, social life etc rather than worrying about which old folks home they should consign her to, whose going to care for her if she won't go into one, who's going to help her with her finances, garden, meals on wheels orders!
Happy Curler
17th Apr 2015
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Having read most of the comments I totally agree. I was never blessed with children but have always had lots of nieces, nephews, godchildren and their siblings around me. It is totally irresponsible to have one child, let alone four, at this age and you cannot help but feel for these unborn children, along with their siblings. The clinic doctors who agreed to this should be censured for allowing this procedure to take place. I work very closely with infertility experts and would never dream of even raising the question of treatment as this age!
celtwitch
15th Apr 2015
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On the plus side a 65 year old pregnant mum doesn't have to push when her waters break, she just needs to stand up and the baby slides out!
Another benefit is that she can breast feed while pushing her baby along in its pram.
disgracefulgirl
24th Apr 2015
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Very funny, that really made me chuckle.
Florence Scholar
14th Apr 2015
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This is what happens when economic considerations are given precedence over ethical & professional standards I'm afraid. If you have the money & can find an avaricious clinician with no moral compass then you can have a baby well past your maternal sell by date...
Notdeadyet
14th Apr 2015
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If she has a nine-year old daughter at 65 then she gave birth to her at age 56 - already past the menopause. Unless the daughter is adopted. She has quite a number of children already, why at her age have another. Her IVF treatment would have been better targeted at someone younger who really needed it. I never had the opportunity to have children of my own when young enough but even so I would not want to use the latest medical science at my advanced age (65) to have a child now. The comment from 'millomgirl' below says it all.
pippajack
14th Apr 2015
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How irresponsible, she may not see her nine year old into adulthood let alone the ones she is expecting. How does someone so old expect to cope with four babies?
millomgirl
14th Apr 2015
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Nature has made a woman's body to be at its most fertile during the years when she will be best able to cope with having a baby. After the menopause, changes happen to that body - bones become weaker and sometimes more brittle, decline in muscle tissue, recovery time following illness/operation is usually longer etc Having a baby is a HUGE emotional and physical trauma for a woman to go through. I am 61 and couldn't even begin to imagine how I would feel if I were pregnant again! My childbearing years are long over, and I am happy with that. I have three wonderful grown-up children who I love to pieces, but would never, ever want to give birth again! The pattern of life falls into differing stages - childhood, womanhood, and the stage when the children have grown up and gone, leaving you free to do all the things you have always wanted, but perhaps couldn't do due to lack of money, child-rearing etc. I have happily given many years to home, children, husband etc. I now feel that my time is exactly that - MY time. I simply find it impossible to understand how this woman can really want to go on and on and on, producing more and more children. Does she have no life of her own, or does she see herself as 'just a mother'? I find it very hard to comprehend, especially as she has so many children already! Perhaps she just likes the smell of gas-and-air!
madmax
14th Apr 2015
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The only thing in favour of this is that she will have lots of help having 13 children already.
Baxi
14th Apr 2015
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This is so against the laws of nature. 65 is far to old to be having one baby let alone four! Those children will have an 80 year old mum when they are 20 - that is just too weird.

If she wanted more children why didn't she adopt a child which desperately needs a home ... mind you knowing what adoption processes are like I'm sure she wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell.
stell5151
14th Apr 2015
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I was 41 when I had my last child but feel she has missed out on so much due to my ill health. Never had the energy to do what I had done with my other children. Need to be fit android energetic to have a child all the love in the world doesn't make up for not being able to do things your child wants you to do.
123Siobhan
14th Apr 2015
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This woman has more than enough children. Nature gives women the menopause for a reason, except in a very small number of cases, they are not able to see their children through to maturity. She would do much better to adopt or foster a child that is unwanted by their parents. The doctors who carry out these Frankenstein procedures should be struck off. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
equibod
14th Apr 2015
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I was never blessed with children & now at 58 would still give (almost)anything to be a Mum. I think everyone should have the choice and make an informed decision. Take into consideration the child's future care because of Mum's expected life span. Family support is a must.
sallyann7
14th Apr 2015
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It shouldn't be about the mother it should be about the child and what child would want a mother in their seventies when they are just ten or even no mother?
Bazeley
13th Apr 2015
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I can't imagine why someone would want to have a baby at 65! If she is fit and well enough then I admire her but I agree with Wilf, how will she feel when she looks like her child's grandmother in the school playground.
Wilf
13th Apr 2015
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The world is going mad! It must be why on earth would a 65 year old woman want to have a child. having said that you see fathers in their 60s and 70s having kids so I suppose to a degree its the same thing. I pity the kids fancy having a mum who is 80 when you are a teenager!!!!!

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