Claudette Cook of Pike County, Indiana, recently turned 60, but her age is only part of the reason why she is making headlines, as she is currently resting after giving birth to twins, reports RollingOut. Having met her husband Ross 10 years ago, Cook was told by doctors that she would not be able to conceive the following year due to her age. However, she would not be denied so easily.
After seeking out an IVF (in vitro fertilization) specialist and being determined to be healthy and in shape earlier this year, she proceeded to start the treatments. By April, Cook would find out she was pregnant, and now she has given birth to fraternal twins: Isaiah, who came first, then Issac.
“I cried. I was like, you know, you look at TV and you see other people in the delivery room and you’re like, ‘Oh my goodness,'” Cook said. “And it was me. So, joy, it was so sweet. Everything changed in that moment. Once they’re born, your life changes.” The couple will take their children home in a few weeks. After Cook had a C-section, the boys were born a month premature at five pounds. Otherwise, though, they are healthy, something that Cook credits to her faith. In fact, she and Ross met in church.
“Age is but a number with God,” she said. “Plus, I was healthy and in shape. I was like, yes, I know I can do this. I know I can. No matter how hard it was, it was like, He brought me through it all. So awesome God.”
While this feat is certainly impressive for a woman of Cook’s age, this does not make her a record breaker. The oldest verified mother is Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara of Spain. Born in Cadix, Bousada gave birth to twin sons Pau and Christian one week, before her 67th birthday. Having undergone IVF treatment with two sperm donors from a Los Angeles fertility clinic, her family initially thought she was joking when she said she was pregnant.
Other women, such as Omkari Panwar of India, have given birth at an even older age but do not have a birth certificate to provide absolute proof. The oldest women to conceive naturally is believed to be Dawn Brooke of the UK, who conceived at 59 while taking estrogen.
Date Posted: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 , Total Page Views: 644
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