The Pros and Cons of Procreating After Sixty-Five

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The Pros and Cons of Procreating After Sixty-Five

Elizabeth Adeney, a sixty-six-year-old divorced businesswoman, became the oldest woman to give birth in UK history in May 2009. She beat out the previous record-holder by four years.

According to the Mail Online, Adeney’s do-it-yourself pregnancy was most likely aided by a fertility clinic in the Ukraine that she visited last year. British clinics, for the most part, will not provide reproductive assistance to women over the age of fifty. A friend of Adeney’s tells the Mail: “She was desperate for a child. She was over the moon when she learned last year that she was pregnant and has been quite open about it—it’s not the sort of thing she can hide.” Unlike her friend, Adeney is less willing to talk to the press about her situation, knowing, perhaps, that her decision confuses and angers a lot of people.

But is Adeney’s decision really such a bad one? Aren’t there pros and cons that come with every life choice? We’re pretty sure there are. And so, with Elizabeth Adeney in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the benefits and drawbacks of knocking yourself up after age sixty-five.

The Pros

1. You can finally be a member of a legitimate old boys club: the one made up of guys who’ve fathered children after age sixty-five. Other members include Charlie Chaplain, Anthony Quinn, and Tony Randall.
2. Kiss those worries about passing on your potentially damaged old lady genetic material goodbye, as the baby you’ll be having will most likely be built out of another not-so-old lady’s potentially damaged genetic material. 
3. Now, more than ever, you can build up a college fund the easy way: through Social Security checks.
4. A person knows a lot by age sixty-five. A lot that can be shared with a kid. Like which pharmacies carry generic equivalents and how to play Sudoku.
5. At last—the chance to share diapers with your kids.

The Cons

1. You may very well be dead by the time your kid is old enough to graduate from high school.
2. If you aren’t dead, you might be senile, in which case your kid will have to spend his or her youth taking care of you and/or reminding you of how the two of you are related.
3. T-ball and soccer much harder to play from the non-swiveling seat of a Lark scooter.
4. Nobody at Bingo cares about your baby’s teething.
5. You thought dating after sixty-five was hard? Try dating after sixty-five with a two-year-old in the house.

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The New Way To Have It All: First Baby, Then Love
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