Old & Irresponsible 61-Year-Old Gives Birth to Twins

grandma handMore and more women are having kids later in life these days, but somehow I doubt most of us consider "later in life" to be anything past our forties.

But a woman in Brazil named Antonia Leticia Rovati Asti must have really, really wanted to become a mother, because the 61-year-old just gave birth to twins.

Yes, I said she's 61 and she just delivered not one, but two babies -- who are her first and only children. And while every baby is a miracle and a blessing -- it's not like Antonia just happened to become pregnant in her sixties by chance.


She had the help of an "assisted reproduction specialist", Dr. Orlando de Castro Neto, who says his only condition for helping women conceive is for them to "have a uterus."

Huh. That's all well and good, but isn't there kind of a difference between a 61-year-old uterus and a 31 or 41-year-old uterus?

The doctor used Antonia's 10-year-old frozen embryos, which had been fertilized with her husband's sperm, in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a parent.

I mean, I can totally understand how this woman woke up one day and thought, "Gee, now that I'm over 60, it's probably time I went ahead and had kids before it's too late."

The desire to be a mom isn't one that's easily fought off, but somehow I doubt Antonia has any idea exactly what she's gotten herself into, especially since she's now going to be faced with the challenge of taking care of twins. One baby was tough enough for me in my late twenties, so I can't even begin to imagine trying to handle two -- unless they're my grandchildren and I'm babysitting for the weekend.

And it sounds like her husband doesn't quite know what to expect either. Of the babies' birth, he said,  "I will love these children very much and work hard to put food in their mouths." (Um, there's a little more to it than that.)

Hopefully this couple was responsible enough to realize they aren't exactly spring chickens anymore, and have someone in place to take care of these babies in the event that their health starts to deteriorate -- or worse. 

And hopefully having all those years of full nights of sleep is more than enough to make up for the restless nights they're going to have with two babies going forward.

Do you think this couple was irresponsible to have kids at their age?


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