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Worlds Oldest New Mother Dies Leaving Behind Twin Toddlers

 
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The argument that women over 35 should no longer be conceiving has been longstanding and for good reason. After the age of 35 the risks of developing certain medical conditions such as preeclampsia, diabetes, and placenta previa increase, although not much higher than they were when you were 34.

It is after the age of 40 that risks to the mother AND baby significantly increase. Not only is it harder to get pregnant at that age, but the risk of miscarriage, stillbirths, and chromosomal abnormalities also increase.

So, with all of this information available, why would a 66-year-old woman from Spain decide to lie about her age to undergo In-Vitro Fertilization? Was she being selfish or did she have just as much right as say--a 30 year old woman wanting to undergo this procedure?

About a week ago Maria del Carmen Bousada passed away at the age of 69, leaving behind two boys who had yet to turn 3. Shortly after giving birth to twins, she was diagnosed with a tumor but the cause of her death has been undisclosed.

Maria Bousada sold her home, underwent hormone therapy to reverse 20 years of menopause, and deceived doctors telling them she was 55, the maximum age limit for IVF--all for the chance of being a mother. A dream that was extremely short-lived.

Many people say she was being purely selfish, others say that any 30 year old woman can die tomorrow of either natural causes or by accident--leaving young children behind as well. But when you know that you are of advanced maternal age and that your chances of passing away are much, much higher than those of a younger mother, is fair to compare the two?

Was it selfish of her to sell her home if she had no way of providing for her children? What is the maximum age that women should be allowed to bear children through these procedures? Should doctors start asking for birth certificates if their patients look over the age of 40? What kind of future do her children face now that their mother has passed away?

What are your thoughts on the world's oldest mother, now dead?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31921390/ns/health-womens_health/?GT1=43001

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The world is over populated, so nobody should be having any babies, regardless of what age they are.

June 27, 2010 - 5:03am
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Anonymous

On one hand, I think that women over 40 who have a child are being selfish, for the simple reason that kids deserve a mother who has enough energy to devote to them, also a 40 year generation gap between a mother and her child is simply too much. On the other hand had my mother had my views I would have never come into this world. I think that in today's world we have to overcome age long prejudice and stop pointing fingers. I emphatise with any woman who wants to become a mother irrespective of her age.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2877056/the_secrets_of_an_ideal_pregnancy_weight.html?cat=52

April 12, 2010 - 6:06pm
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Anonymous

considering i was diagnosed with early menopause at 33, I don't think we can make any blanket rules about what conception ability means to parenting ability. I am pregnant now after 1 failed IVF with my own eggs, 1 failed frozen embryo transfer, and 1 successful (so far, knock on wood!) frozen embryo transfer. Both FETs were donated. After trying to become a parent in my twenties, it took 8 years to make it happen. I am an 'older' mother, but I think I'll do just fine, if i don't get hit by a bus.

btw- my great great grandmother lived to 98, first kid at 14- my great grandmother is still alive at 96, first kid at 17, my grandmother died at 73, first kid at 18 (last at 35), my mom is in her mid-fifties, had me at 17. It was cool to have five generations when I was born, we were in the paper. I am happy I didn't become a parent in my teens, and I have accepted that it didn't happen in my twenties.

I don't know if any of this means anything to anyone else- but I know the attitude of the article that anyone should be able dictate to women whether or not they are 'suitable' to be parents because of their ability to reproduce naturally just rubs me the wrong way. my two cents.

March 11, 2010 - 6:55am
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Anonymous

Nuts! Preventable! Waste of good doctors time! We have people waiting in lines in ER and this moron ties up a doctor's good time for this travesty? Good she died before doing it again! China limits births one to a family for economic sakes of the world! Her doctors should be reprimanded, and reminded of the real value of their time to humanity. Almost as bad as the "octo-mom" in the U.S.A. Overindulgence to the extreme!

March 10, 2010 - 9:35am
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Anonymous

having a baby beyond the age that you are likely to live to see them grown is an act of monumental act of selfishness. the whole point of having a child is raise that child into a productive adult. it's like taking a job that is going to last 18 years when you are going to be forced to move to a distant town at a moment's notice. parenting is something that you have no business embarking on unless you've got the time and the stamina. it's hard work and most people past the age of 40 or so are not going to be able to do a great job of it.

January 30, 2010 - 5:20pm
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Anonymous

51 percent of the people would vote to strip the RIGHTS of 49 percent of the people. The RIGHT to choose your own future regardless of age should not be left to the 51 percent suffering from Stockholm syndrome. Please do yourselves a favor and look it up.

January 24, 2010 - 11:34am
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Anonymous

I think this is sad, no matter what her age was, the children are at a loss.

January 23, 2010 - 11:24am
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Anonymous

Doctors shouldn't have to ask for birth certificates; a simple check of her ID or driver's license should have been standard! Sounds like negligence.

January 23, 2010 - 10:56am
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Anonymous

Doctors must be more vigilant about age-screening women before IVF, maybe requesting proof of age? Poor kids, they likely won't even remember who brought them into the world and will only hear about "The World's Oldest Mother" through websites and news.

January 18, 2010 - 6:43am
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Anonymous

No, not all older women should have the right to in-vitro fertilization taken away because of freakshow liars like this woman. The doctors should have done more strict background testing to confirm her age, even if there is the slightest suspicion of her being older than the limit.

December 29, 2009 - 10:44pm
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