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Britain's Oldest Mum Has Given Birth At 66

01/06/2009 17:15 | Updated 22 May 2015

Britain's oldest mum has had her baby boy – and she has reportedly named him Jolyon – which means young at heart.

Professor Severino Antinori, who treated Patricia Rashbrook when she became Britain's oldest mum at 62, has been reported as saying Elizabeth is too old. Elizabeth Adeney, 66, gave birth to her 5lb 3oz baby by caesarean on Tuesday.

I had wondered how she was going to cope and whether she was bonkers – but apparently she is a millionaire and has hired a live-in nanny. Well, that's going to help.

Sources say Elizabeth and Jolyon are both healthy but the hospital where she gave birth earlier this week has said she wants no publicity.

It's a bit late for that though. She's already re-opened the debate about older mothers and IVF even if she didn't want to.

Professor Severino Antinori, who treated Patricia Rashbrook when she became Britain's oldest mum at 62, has been reported as saying Elizabeth is too old.

He reckons anything over 63 is risky because "you cannot guarantee the child will have a loving mother or family".

He told the Times: "It is possible to give a child to the mother up to the age of 83 but it is medically criminal to do this because the likelihood is that after a year or two the child will lose his mum and suffer from psychological problems."

There has also been plenty of criticism from media commentators. The Daily Mail call her a "desperate divorcee".

Lesley Garner in the Telegraph suggests Elizabeth was being selfish. "A woman who has everything but a baby and who decides, out of kilter with natural timing, that a baby is the one thing she must have, is certainly not thinking of the baby," she writes.

However, Janet Street-Porter, writing in the Independent, says men don't get a hard time for being older dads. "Age shouldn't affect whether you make a good parent or not," she says.

What do you think? Is Britain's oldest mum selfish or crazy – or do you support what she has done?

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