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The World's Oldest Mother, Adriana Iliescu, Wants To Have Another Baby — She's 72!

Tue, November 16, 2010 2:30pm EDT by 1 Comment

Adriana Iliescu made medical history when she gave birth to a baby girl, Eliza, via IVF in 2005. Now, at 72 years old, she’s contemplating having another child. “I am fine and healthy and I think it would be possible to have another child in the future, but I’m not in a rush at the moment,” she says. What do you think about this, HollyMoms?

Adriana Iliescu caused a lot of controversy when she gave birth to her first child at 66. Now she’s 72 years old and considering getting pregnant via IVF again. “Medically, it’s possible,” she reveals. “I understand there are trials going on with a 70-year-old woman in England, so it could be done,” she says. Do you think it would be a mistake for this woman to bring another child into the world at her age?

Adriana, who is Romanian, chose to focus on her career as a young woman growing up in Bucharest. When her husband left her at age 24, she became married to her work as a writer and college professor. “I couldn’t even think about a child, as I was working,” Adriana, 72, tells the Daily Mail. “But, from the age of 37, after I had completed my doctorate, I was ready to have a child. But there was not IVF back then.” That all changed when she was 66 years old.

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Adriana managed to conceive via IVF, using donated sperm and eggs implanted by fertility specialist Dr. Bogdan Marinescu. “IVF happened to me because women are very busy. They have jobs to earn a living, not always because they want a career. I wanted a child, but I was so busy and I never had a partner,” she explains. The procedure was a success and her daughter, Eliza, was born in 2005.

Dr. Marinescu’s willingness to perform the procedure on a woman in her 60s caused controversy. And Adriana reveals that he will be Eliza’s legal guardian if something were to happen to her, before her daughter is legally old enough to care for herself. But she doesn’t think that’s going to happen. “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,” she says.

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So much, in fact, that she’s actually considering trying to have another child! “I am fine and healthy and I think it would be possible to have another child in the future, but I’m not in a rush at the moment.” Considering that she’s already in her 70s, she might want to get a move on, don’t you think? But then again, age is just a number. “The mirror is unkind to women, but if we are talking about my energy then I feel like a young woman. I feel like I’m 27 and when I feel a bit more tired, I feel like I’m 37. I am healthier than women more than half my age,” Adriana brags.

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But there is one thing holding her back from having baby number two. “I am so close to Eliza, so bonded with her, I’m not sure I’d be able to consider having another child if it actually came to it,” she admits. “Eliza is energetic and fun — a very happy child. She is everything to me and nothing else counts or matters. The child is mine and that’s all I care about.”

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And while she’s enjoyed being a mom, Adriana discourages people from having IVF so late in life. “It is not easy being a mother at my age, I would advise my daughter to have a child before 30. But, if she doesn’t, I believe a woman should try to have a baby at any age.”

What do you think HollyMoms? Would it be selfish of her to have another child?

–Amy L. Harper

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