click here to jump to start of article
  • Torah Reading: Naso
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​

Special Delivery

Woman joins motherhood at 70

Give Tzedakah! Help create inspiring
articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.
The opinions expressed in the comment section are the personal views of the commenters. Comments are moderated, so please keep it civil.

Visitor Comments: 17

(17) Anonymous, December 20, 2008 11:57 AM

Hard to Know

I dont think it is fair to judge a woman who has been trying to have a child for so long. Woman dream of what their children will be like from a very early age. However, what were her motivations for having the child? Does she want to welcome someone into the world who will definatly have an abnormal childhood, probably be orphaned early on, care for her parents at a young age? Is that fair? While G-d does give man the ability to use IVF and such, G-d also, for what ever reason made this woman infertile. At what point do we trust that G-d knows better than the doctors?

(16) Lisa, December 19, 2008 10:50 PM

I believe if this woman had become pregnant naturally, then it was meant to be. But to have a child at 70 through in vitro is selfish and a waste of money. A child deserves a parent to raise them and be there for them. While none of knows what will happen tomorrow, these parents are more than likely not to be around when the child is teenager and even if they are they'll be in their eighties. Can they guarentee they'll have the health necessary to be there at the most influential time of a child's life.

(15) Jessie Jacklin, December 17, 2008 4:56 PM

mothethood at 79.

Ecclesiates "A time to - - ". comes to mind. Science and money could have, in my opinion, been spent on babies, the elderly with special needs or in developing countries. This smacks of selfishness, attention seeking or both from mother AND doctor!

(14) Jan, December 17, 2008 7:58 AM

I completely agree with Amy. It is very selfish for the parents and very irresponsible and unethical for the doctor. That child will most likely become parentless by the time it is a teenager.

(13) ruth housman, December 16, 2008 5:12 PM

special delivery

I agree with your comments. I think that what is private, should remain private. Obviously many people are celebrating with this couple. The child will certainly know it was wanted and I bet will not be wanting for people to help raise her. The answers to deep questions have to do with the angst of weighting the pros and cons, and if those involved do this, then their decision has led in this case, to a beautiful child and a radiant mother, something quite clear from the photo presented.

See All Comments

Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.

  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment