Igniting immediate criticism a 66-year-old woman has gotten pregnant. “EMAXHealth” is carrying a report titled “Elizabeth Adeney Pregnant at 66” that carries the story of the pregnancy that has everyone’s hearts aflutter.
Of course it is highly unusual even with help which she has had which is vitro. The help was provided by a fertility clinic in the Ukraine because British clinics won’t help women over the age of 50.
Adeney is divorced and she is also wealthy. As a result of the pregnancy, Adeney will be the oldest woman to have given birth to a child in the UK. The birth is planned by C-Section.
Perhaps the most ardent criticism came from professor Severino Antinori who was quoted in the article as saying “I’m shocked by the idea of a 66-year-old woman giving birth.” Antinori went on to say, and I paraphrase, that while he respected the choice medically he felt that 63-years-old was about as old as you should go.
Antinori said it was “medically criminal” to do this. His feelings were that first there was only one parent and second living to age 83 was possible but if Adeney didn’t make it the child would be psychologically messed up.
I used to be a medical underwriter. There is something called an actuarial table. It shows that the longer you live the better your chances of living even longer.
I’ve linked to the table and as you can see all things being equal if Ms. Adeney takes care of herself she could easily hit 87-years-old.
I have a problem with people making judgments on the capabilities of others’ future success in parenting.
First, many of today’s children are being raised by grandparents because the real younger parents aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do.
If it is “medically criminal” to allow a 66-year-old woman have babies, how criminal is it to let 13-year-olds have them?
No child’s future is guaranteed. Here’s a wonderful little group of statistics for you: 50% of first marriages end in divorce, 67% of second marriages end in divorce and third marriages fail 74% of the time.
One nice thing about the situation is that Ms. Adeney is wealthy so even if she isn’t here she can leave her child a lot of money.
That will certainly ease the psychological stress and even pay for psychologist’s visits.