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#581439 --- 05/24/07 07:41 PM 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys
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The psychologist who gave birth to twin boys at age 60 said Thursday she was on a mission to let women know they have choices.

“It’s really basically about women and empowerment,” Frieda Birnbaum told NBC’s “Today” show.

Frieda Birnbaum, who underwent in-vitro fertilization last year at a South African clinic that specializes in older women, gave birth by Caesarean section on Tuesday at Hackensack University Medical Center.

“I don’t feel like I went through a lot of trauma during delivery or even through the process of being pregnant,” Frieda Birnbaum said.

The hospital said she was the nation’s oldest mother of twins.

“Age has been redefined,” Frieda Birnbaum said.

She and her husband, Ken, a New York City attorney, have been married for 38 years and have three other children — sons ages 33 and 6 and a daughter, 29.

The couple wanted another child closer in age to their youngest son, and Frieda Birnbaum’s husband said it was his idea for his wife to become pregnant instead of adopting.

“I couldn’t be happier about the way it worked out,” Ken Birnbaum told “Today.”

Their daughter has said she worries about Frieda Birnbaum taking care of the twins when they’re in their teens and she’s in her late 70s — concerns dismissed by Frieda Birnbaum on Thursday.

“I hope I’m a role model for my daughter, that when she gets older that she can make her own decisions based on who she is rather than what society dictates,” she said. (I think biology has something to do with it too…not just society!)

She said that people who consider new motherhood at her age inappropriate “need to get ready for what’s coming up in our society.”

The couple plan to take their sons home on Saturday.

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#581493 --- 05/24/07 10:31 PM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: goingcrazyinny]
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I saw her on the news!! She don't look 60 that's for sure.
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#581497 --- 05/24/07 10:48 PM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: Spencer~1/06/07]
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god bless her. I had my twin sons at 31, and she is in for alot of fun, stress and learning experiences, even tho she has other children, this could be a whole different game by the time they are 15,16, and all I can say is, better her than me..........

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#581548 --- 05/25/07 05:01 AM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: ]
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I watched my twin grandsons the other day along with their 3 yr old sister..never again..LOL
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#581595 --- 05/25/07 06:14 AM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: Spencer~1/06/07]
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God bless her, but at 41, I think I will just enjoy the grandchildren.

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#581611 --- 05/25/07 06:39 AM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: Strawberry Jam]
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Originally Posted By: Strawberry Jam
God bless her, but at 41, I think I will just enjoy the grandchildren.


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#581643 --- 05/25/07 08:19 AM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: Spencer~1/06/07]
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I think at 40 I will enjoy when my kids give me grandchildren. I would be lieing though if I said I wouldn't love to have have another of my own running around the house. When you have raised your adult children all their life by yourself, you tend to feel like you want to do it "the right way" with someone you fall in love with. Having a so called "unit". Now I just look at my age and think.....hell I will be dead before they even graduate. When my father died at exactly 60.....he left beind a 14 year old.
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#581700 --- 05/25/07 11:12 AM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: Yetta Nother]
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I find it interesting that this article - and all articles on this story - are in regard to the "60 year old woman" giving birth, and explore questions regarding whether "60 year old women" should be having children. Um, her husband is 60 as well. What about HIM? Why aren't we questioning HIS decision to have more children? HIS ability to successfully parent in his twilight years? I find it incredibly sexist and insulting to women. Julio Iglesias' wife just had their fifth child together (this is his second wife) and it's not even a blip on the radar. It's disgusting.
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#581712 --- 05/25/07 11:38 AM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: past tense]
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good point...but no freaking way would I be having kids at 60.
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#581714 --- 05/25/07 11:50 AM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: Della]
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I think it's representative of the other end of the reproductive obsession we have in this country. Celebrities on "baby watch", "who should have a baby next? Choose one: Jessica Simpson, Beyonce, etc.", "bumpwatch", etc.
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#581716 --- 05/25/07 11:58 AM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: past tense]
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I'm not sure if any of them mentioned should have them -ever
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#581723 --- 05/25/07 12:08 PM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: Della]
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Invitro???
Hell, I'da bet Lusi was the father!!

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#581726 --- 05/25/07 12:14 PM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: Della]
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I happen to think the woman is extrememly selfish to have babies at 60- adpting an older child may be acceptable but certainly not giving birth to newborns. Woman empowerment...blah blah blah role model for daughter blah blah blah....... It not natural for a woman to have children at such advanced age.Proven by the fact she needed in-vitro (which was done in another country no less!!)... I won't even go into the health risk a baby faces having a pregnant 60 yr old mom. To avoid gender bias, I happen to think that the husband is just as much of a selfish moron as her.
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#581729 --- 05/25/07 12:16 PM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: goingcrazyinny]
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It's not natural for a woman who can't conceive at all to have IVF either. "Not natural" isn't an argument against this woman having the procedure IMO. If IVF was successful for her, as it would be for say a woman in her 30s who couldn't conceive, what does "not natural" have to do with it? For argument's sake.
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#581771 --- 05/25/07 02:16 PM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: past tense]
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My exhusbands wife couldn't have kids and they artificially created 2 of them. She has 6 more eggs frozen....I can hardly wait. They are in their 40's.
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#581797 --- 05/25/07 03:50 PM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: Yetta Nother]
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From another article I read Her IVF was due to her age, her other 3 children were conceived naturally. My "not natural" stance is in regards to her age, not the method of conception.
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#581817 --- 05/25/07 05:02 PM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: goingcrazyinny]
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i'm too tired to even think about raising twins at 40...i'd drop dead at the thought of even being pregnant with twins at 60. Hope she takes her Geritol, Metamucil and BenGay...looks like she's got a few busy years ahead of her!
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#581854 --- 05/25/07 07:07 PM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: Where's the love]
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I understand goincrazy, but I'm just saying IVF is not a natural way of conceiving period, so I don't see what the age of the woman has to do with it.
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#581860 --- 05/25/07 07:25 PM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: past tense]
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It can not be healthy for a woman to be pregnant at that age can it????
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#582006 --- 05/26/07 10:05 AM Re: 60-Year-Old Woman Who Just Gave Birth To Twin Boys [Re: Gio]
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Perhaps her family history provides her with a long life gene and she is able to be pretty sure of being around to raise the little ones. Some people just love to have little ones around...hey, somebody has to do it! \:\) My bet is they will all flourish.
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