I read the other day about some older women (as in 60 and up) who are actually grandmothers, getting IVF treatments in order to conceive again. There is SO much wrong with this, I don't even know where to begin. First off, what has the health profession come to? Why would this be approved for a woman of that age, let alone, one who has already had kids? There is a reason that nature shuts this down for women beyond a certain age. Isn't DNA in a pretty poor state by this age? Second of all, this is the very definition of selfish. It's just mind boggling that women who have already been mothers, grandmothers, and (in some cases) even great grandmothers would actually WANT to get pregnant again. Why? I mean, even for someone who wanted kids and who envisioned a life with lots of kids and later on, grand kids should have gotten their fill of it by the time they hit 60. But, even still, if you put all of that aside for a moment, there is the age issue. The health risks to the woman who is trying to get pregnant at that age. The VERY high likelihood that the baby will have birth defects. The fact that a person of an older age does not have the stamina to do motherhood all over again, even if they are in ok health for a person of their age.
If they didn't know before, they will soon find out that this is NOT the same as babysitting grandchildren and great grandchildren. Of course, the women who are doing this want to make the argument that they raised their grandchildren, so having another baby of their own wouldn't be so different. Okay, so they raised their grandchildren. That STILL is NOT the same thing! Then, there is the massive elephant in the room. What about the fact that they may very well be gone before the child graduates high school? Then what? Their kids will have a brother/sister to raise? Their grandchildren will have an uncle/aunt to raise? And let's just assume that they live to be a ripe old age. Like 90 plus. That would put them in their 80's when the kid is college age. How does an 80 something year old put a kid through college? I just find it so hypocritical that people call the child free selfish when they will actually try having another baby at such an advanced age. How is that not selfish?