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World's Oldest Mother: Adriana Iliescu Had Her 1st Child At 66 And Has Been Struggling With Social Rejection For 14 Years

Date November 29, 2019 12:59

You really need to read about the world's oldest mother, Adriana Iliescu. She comes from Romania and is a retired university lecturer and author of children's novels.

Perhaps, her life would go unnoticed to the universe, but she got famous in 2005 when she gave birth to daughter Eliza at age 66 and 230 days. It made her the oldest birth mother until María del Carmen Bousada de Lara — a Spanish woman who gave birth to twins at the same age and 358 days — broke her record a year later.

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Is it even possible to provide the most outstanding upbringing to a child when a parent is going to pass away any minute? To our mind, not really, but Adriana Iliescu has a different opinion.

The world's oldest mother could easily pass for the little girl Eliza's grandmother, though she is not. In 2005, at the age of 66 and 230 days, the former university professor gave birth for the very first time after being given IVF treatment from a doctor friend and receiving an anonymous sperm donor.

As of now, Eliza Iliescu is 14 years old. Mother and daughter live together in a high-rise apartment in Bucharest, surviving on Ms. Iliescu's $323-month pension and her income from her part-time work as an academic at the city's university despite retirement.

Back in 2008, Adriana Iliescu stated that she is fit and healthy, and Eliza is doing alright.

I'm fit and healthy, and I've never had any illnesses. I don't smoke, and I don't drink. If I live as long as my parents did, Eliza will be 20 by the time I pass away. I think I still have a lot to give her.

Now, Eliza and her mother live in social rejection in Romania. For instance, when Adriana wanted to christen her baby girl, different religious organizations called her decision "terribly selfish." During the ceremony, nuns gave her accusing looks, and Adriana even heard that one of them called Eliza "the product of dark force." Adriana herself thinks that God sent her daughter.

Ms. Iliescu reportedly underwent fertility treatment for nine years before her only girl Eliza was born, including procedures to reverse the effects of menopause, before being artificially inseminated. In fact, she gave birth to triplets, but two were stillborn.

Pregnancy after 35: What are the risks?

Today, more and more women give birth very late, according to the traditional mindset. Although it is still impressive and fantastic, there are several risks involved with pregnancy and childbirth as maternal age rises.

In particular, Medical News Today and Mayo Clinic include the following: miscarriage, genetic risks, stillbirth, the need for C-section, the possible development of gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, high risk of chromosome abnormalities, and others.

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Can a woman can pregnant after menopause?

Healthline explains that menopause surely cannot be reversed, though scholars are actively working on it. However, it is possible to get pregnant with the help of IVF, which has demonstrated successful outcomes over recent years.

Aside from IVF, if it has been a year without any sign of periods, it's time to consider oneself beyond childbearing years.

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That's quite interesting information to think about. Also, we must admit that Adriana Iliescu has impressed us regarding her determination to have a child at such a senior age!


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