Oldest Woman to Give Birth Dies

Maria del Carmen Bousada died last week at the age of 69, leaving behind her 2-year-old twin boys. She was the oldest woman on record ever to give birth. Though she was 65 at the time she was impregnated, the Española lied to doctors at the Pacific Fertility Clinic in Los Angeles, telling them she was 55—the age limit for in vitro fertilization—in order to fulfill her dream of motherhood. Bousada, who was a single mom, gave birth to Pau and Christian in December 2006 at the age of 66.

When questioned about having children so late in life and her own mortality, Bousada replied that she had no fears of dying with young children because her mother had lived to the ripe old age of 101. Unfortunately, Bousada wasn’t as lucky. Just a year after giving birth to her sons, Bousada was diagnosed with cancer.

Thankfully there was no need for Spanish social services to take custody of the twins because they still have living relatives. Pau and Christian will most likely be raised by their godfather, an adult nephew of their mother. Tell us: Do you think it selfish for Bousada to give birth at her age?