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Monday, December 17, 2007

World's Oldest Mom Seriously Ill

The world's oldest mom is making headlines again, after announcing last week that she has a "serious illness."

Marian del Carmen Bousada de Lara sparked worldwide debate when she gave birth in Spain to twins, just before her 67th birthday last year. Bousada de Lara, who is single, admitted she lied about her age to obtain fertility treatments at a private clinic in the United States. She told specialists she was 55 and paid $60,000 to receive fertility treatment. Her sons will be 1 Dec. 29th.

Bousada de Lara didn't disclose what her illness was and told a Spanish TV reporter that she did not regret her decision to have children at age 67. She also said she is receiving treatment for her illness.

I took the time to browse through the comments over at the ABC News post about Bousada de Lara. Let me just say, late-in-life motherhood continues to be a hot topic. Should older women have babies? What age is too old to be a mom? Was Bousada de Lara selfish to have children at 67? Are older moms better moms? Are younger moms better moms?

Thoughts, anyone?


At 6:20 PM, Blogger Patricia said...

Well...since you asked...for what it is worth, my opinion is that it is right and good for women to have babies as God designed our bodies to be fertile...until we naturally enter the end of our reproductive years at menopause. That being the case, I would not have supported Bousada de Lara's decision to seek medical intervention to extend those years. On the other hand, I think it would be wonderful at any healthy age to be a foster or adoptive parent as long as there are children in need of a loving home. I'll be curious to know what you think, too, Beth.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Thought #1:
I think Bousada de Lara was wrong to lie about her age so she could obtain treatment at the U.S. fertility clinic. Doing so caused her doctors to be working with a less than complete medical history, which made her already risky treatment all the riskier.

Additional thoughts to come. I'm voicing them one at a time.


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