21.12.2013

Oldest woman to get pregnant

My gorgeous little accident: Debbie amazed doctors - not to mention her grandchildren - by getting pregnant naturally at 53 while on the Pill. Peering at the two blue lines on the pregnancy test, Debbie Hughes reached for her reading glasses to check that her eyes weren’t deceiving her. Debbie, a jewellery shop saleswoman, was made redundant at the end of last year, shortly after she discovered she was pregnant. Happy family: Susan Tollefsen with partner Nick Mayer, who is 11 years her junior, and their two-year-old daughter Freya at home in Laindon, Essex The Mail on Sunday has learned senior staff at the London Women’s Clinic unanimously voted in favour of treating Mrs Tollefsen at a meeting on Thursday.
Mrs Tollefsen’s consultation was filmed for a BBC documentary on the world’s oldest mothers, to be screened later this month. There are now calls for an upper age limit for fertility treatment to be enshrined in law, rather than simply a guideline.Clinicians usually refuse to offer to treat women older than 50 because of health concerns, the reduced chances of success, and fears for the upbringing of children with such an old parent.


Critics claim that women who put off motherhood until later in life are selfishly putting their own needs before a child’s.Clinics also risk having their licences suspended if they do not take the welfare of any resulting children into account when providing IVF treatment.
Latest figures reveal a success rate of 55.7 per cent for women under 35 in the first six months of 2007. And you’ve been through a pregnancy recently and all has gone well.’Mr Bowen-Simpkins adds that the clinic had never treated a woman of her age before, but had treated other women over 50.
If the circumstances are right, I would encourage other women my age to do this.‘The sad thing is that I had to run around Europe to find somewhere prepared to help me have my first baby. Dr Ahuja, 55, lives in a ?2million house in South Kensington, London, with his wife of 26 years, Anna Joan Gustafson.'Something nature wouldn't approve of'He has previously spoken against older mothers. Everyone agreed we should change the policy and now treat women over the age of 50 on a case-by-case basis.'The staff voted unanimously that we should take Sue Tollefsen’s case to the next stage.


The scientific director of the London Women’s Clinic, Dr Kamal Ahuja, pioneered ‘egg sharing’ in the UK in the early Nineties. Because of my age I was very concerned about the risk of miscarriage, or birth defects, so I was very anxious and flustered when I went to see my GP.‘His eyes almost popped out of his head when I said “I’m pregnant”.
According to reports published in 2005, scientists have identified a genetic profile that appears to enable women over the age of 45 to conceive naturally.



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