February 28, 2024

61-year-old woman gives birth to own grandchild

Freak surrogacy stories now old hat in the US

In a story that has received an interestingly small amount of coverage, a 61-year-old gave birth to her own grandson last Wednesday. Kristine Casey, possibly the oldest woman to give birth in Illinois, served as a surrogate for her daughter, Sara Connell, who tried having a baby for years without success. Connell and her husband, Bill, are the biological parents of the child Casey carried, which developed from an embryo produced using the Chicago couple’s egg and sperm. The baby was born by caesarean section.

Casey underwent various tests to evaluate her medical and psychological health, as required by Illinois law on surrogate births. The family also drew up a compulsory legal agreement. The risks of genetic abnormalities were low because Connell’s egg was the one being fertilised. However, if any such issues were found later, Casey said she and the Connells agreed she would carry the baby to term regardless.

Childbirth remains rare in post-menopausal women, but the number of births of this kind has increased in recent years due to more widespread use of IVF and other assisted reproduction technologies. Older women face increased risks during pregnancy and delivery, and experts say many women would not make good candidates. “It’s going to be more risky for somebody who’s got underlying conditions,” said Dr. Alan Peaceman, chief of maternal-foetal medicine at Northwestern, and one of Casey’s doctors. “Because of that, we recommend that patients have a cardiac evaluation.” ~ Chicago Tribune, Feb 11

61-year-old woman gives birth to own grandchild
Jared Yee