Pregnant Woman, 66, Defends Right to Give Birth
May 20, 2009
The woman expecting to become Britain’s oldest mother tried to have a child through IVF around five years ago, a friend said yesterday.
Elizabeth Adeney, 66, was left ‘emotionally exhausted’ by the process and considered giving up.
But she persevered after seeking advice and is now expecting her child – understood to be a son – weeks before her 67th birthday.
The friend said: ’Liz first failed to fall pregnant several years ago and only wanted to go through the process again if it was likely to work.
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‘She was really emotionally exhausted by it and she’s a sensible woman, so she didn’t want to face all that upset or risk health trouble unless she stood a good chance of having a baby.
’She had a long talk with a nurse friend of hers regarding her options and the complications that might be involved, given her age.
‘Having consulted medical professionals, she was very positive about the whole thing.’
Mrs Adeney, of Lidgate, Suffolk, has brushed off criticism of her pregnancy.
The childless divorcee, who is still working a five-day week at the Suffolk plastic and textiles firm where she is managing director, said: ‘I have young girls working for me in my factory and I’m fitter than half of them.
‘It doesn’t interest me that I’m going to be the oldest mum in the country. It’s not my physical age that is important; it’s how I feel inside. Some days, I feel 39. Others, I feel 56.’
She insisted she was not worried that she has no partner or siblings to support her.