February 16, 2011
61 Year Old Gives Birth To Grandchild

A Chicago woman took matters into her own hand in order to become a grandmother.

Almost 39 weeks ago, Kristine Casey set out on an unusual journey to help her daughter and answer a spiritual calling.

Her goal was achieved late Wednesday when she gave birth to her own grandson at age 61.

I'm not sure this sets any kind of record. A 65 year old woman in India gave birth from in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other women in their 60s have managed to give birth using hormones to make their wombs function to accept embryos prepared by in vitro fertilization. Also, a 52 year old woman gave birth to her grandsons. But some of the IVF pregnancies of women in their 60s were using donated eggs rather than eggs from daughters. So did this Chicago woman set a record for age of a woman giving birth to her grandchild?

Grandma might end up paying a big price for helping her daughter. Older women who rev up their wombs to carry an IVF baby run the risk of getting cancer.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2011 February 16 10:49 PM  Bioethics Reproduction

Fat Man said at February 17, 2011 8:24 AM:

"60s were using donated eggs rather than eggs from daughters."

If the daughter is not a clone, why would that make any difference.

"60s were using donated eggs rather than eggs from daughters."

I am sure she was warned, and I am sure she doesn't care. If i were in her place (and I never could be) I would do the same.

Doug said at February 17, 2011 1:30 PM:

Reminds me of an old science fiction story, about a time traveler who met a very pretty girl, and paradoxes ensued. Well the story's title said it all:

"I Am My Own Grandfather".

Doors said at February 17, 2011 8:21 PM:

I can't imagine about this article.It is so surprising for us.I am glad to see this site.You share so nice information with us.

Engineer-Poet said at February 18, 2011 2:05 PM:

Doug, read Heinlein's "All You Zombies" for the limit of that genre.

MikeS said at February 18, 2011 2:46 PM:


Rant by Chuck Palahniuk... sorta the same concept except he takes it all the way to 11 on the weird scale.

Nick G said at February 18, 2011 4:46 PM:


I suspect that's what Doug had in mind - note the song on the juke box.

Nick G said at February 18, 2011 5:20 PM:

It's a great story - I always liked Heinlein.

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