Last week, the arrival of eight babies in the United States caused quite a commotion in the media. Today, the focus is on Calgary resident, Ranjit Hayer, who has become a mother of twin boys at 60 years old.
While a great deal of attention is being paid to the new mom’s age (60 is not the new 30, no matter what we might like to tell ourselves), it’s her life before becoming a mom that has spurred the most discussion here in our office. You can read more about it here.
The cutoff age in Canada for IVF is between 45 and 50 years old. Ranjit Hayer was denied IVF in Canada due to her age, so she travelled to India to receive the treatment. The twins were successfully delivered by C-section at Calgary’s Foothills Hospital, but they are still in intensive care. Ranjit Hayer suffered severe blood loss during the delivery and her uterus was removed. She is also in intensive care.
The question on most people’s minds is, despite the advances that have been made in medical science, should we try to do things like this, just because we can? And what are the implications of having a child at such an advanced age, knowing that you may not live long enough to see them grow up? Is it irresponsible? Is it fair to the children?
We want to know… What do you think?