We’re so accustomed to raising our eyebrows at the pregnancies of our very youngest, but what about those of our very oldest?
As Fox News reports, controversy is brewing in Brazil over a 61-year-old woman’s pregnancy with her much younger husband.
The woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, is post-menopausal and became pregnant with a donor egg. Her husband is 38. The baby is due in November.
“I had already gone through menopause. My husband wanted to be a father. I wanted to be a mother too. I am in great health … and I have undergone a very thorough medical clearance,” she told O Globo newspaper.
There is no age limit for artificial insemination, but doctors aren’t supposed to do it if it could harm the mother in anyway. Late life pregnancies are such a problem in Brazil that health officials are concerned. Earlier this month a 52-year-old woman whose husband is 88 became a first-time mom to twins.
What do you think? Should there be an age limit on women wanting artificial insemination? If so, wouldn’t that be a double-standard what with men hooking up with women decades younger and becoming fathers at elderly ages?