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Mother to Newborn Twins at 68!

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https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/24/woman-68-gives-birth-twins-46-years-trying-children-12605114/

The couple had tried to conceive for 46 years before they got their double trouble!

I wish them all the best. Those sleepless nights donโ€™t ever get easier

hspexy
1 month ago
What do you think of this?
tumblespots
tumblespots1 month ago

I find this incredibly stupid. I'm not at that age yet but couldn't contemplate having another child at this age let alone any older. I haven't the energy... and I'm sure others my age would agree.

That is also notwithstanding the fact that they will be either 88 or dead when the child turns 20! ๐Ÿž

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Johnny
Johnny1 month ago

I think it's rather sad. When the little boy and girl are just 13 years old, their Mum will be 81 and their Dad will be 90. I don't think it's fair to give children a life like that.

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lilyflower
lilyflower1 month ago

I agree with tumblespots I also think it's quite selfish. Who is going to look after the children if something happens to parents? Life expectancy in Nigeria is only 54 https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.LE00.IN?locations=NG&name_desc=true I had enough with comments when I had my first child - big red circles around age, 'first time mother' 'how will you cope' and I was only 32

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold1 month ago

I agree with the comments so far. It's incredibly selfish & rather cruel. Those children are going to lose both their parents while still very young, I found it tough enough in my early 30s losing my parents, not sure how I would have coped in my teens or younger.

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SuzJ
SuzJ1 month ago

Whilst I agree with the comments don't Nigerian communities look after their littlies more communally than we do here? The whole 'it takes a village....' thing. I do think it's selfish but I also think there's a good chance they'll be looked after well when the parents pass.

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hspexy
hspexy
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1 month ago

Yes they live in a more communal environment, so they will have loads of cousins and extended family members around them

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig1 month ago

My mum was 40 when I was born and she was referred to as a geriatric mother... she was not best pleased! Being a parent is not just about having a child, it is about being there for them, giving them the best life you can afford to. I understand the want to be a parent, but I think that when you are 68 and become a first time parent then it is selfish, as I think you have only thought about your own wants, not about the future of your child. I wish them the best of luck and I am sure they will be fantastic parents and will have a lot of support.

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF19781 month ago

This kind of thing comes up every now and then and I generally agree that it's not ideal for children to have such old parents. But it's also not great for children to have parents who are addicted to drugs, have disabilities or doing dangerous jobs such as active duty in the army (I don't mean to lump these together, just some examples of parents that are not fully able to raise their children).

I don't know what the answer is but I don't like to pass judgement about who does and doesn't have children and whether or not it's selfish. There may well be plenty of people around to help raise the children in all of these situations. The alternative to those children being born in those situations is for them to never be born at all, which is not a nice thing to think about a child.

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