“I don’t see a problem with women becoming mothers in their 50s”

This is the message coming from 50-year-old Irish mother, Maureen Osayi, who had twins via surrogacy in 2017.

Maureen, 52, was wrongly diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011 at the age of 45 and had a full hysterectomy. She was devastated when doctors told her she would not be able to have any more children.

She was already a mother-of-three but in 2015 met and married her husband and in 2017 the pair decided to embark on a surrogacy journey.

New data revealed this week shows that ten babies were born to first-time mothers over the age of 50 or older in Ireland in 2017.

She told RSVP Live: “There is a huge difference in my energy levels to being a mother in my 50s to two toddlers than being a mother in my 20s. Not getting enough sleep is tough. There is a lot of broken sleep, if I’m lucky I get one or two nights unbroken.”

She said she has no regrets about her decision to have children in her 50s

When she was asked for her thoughts on men becoming fathers in their 50s or 60s she said she felt it was different.

She said: “It’s easier for them. But my father is 96 and he’s fantastic. He’s always playing with the children, he even calls them his kids. So does my mother-in-law, she’s 86. They’ve more patience with them than me.”

Maureen said she believes women in their 50s are looking after themselves, keeping fit and are healthier and fitter, which she said society needs to take notice of.

She is not alone in becoming a mother again in her 50s, older celebrities are also using assisted reproductive technologies and surrogacy to have children. The most recent being Brigitte Nielson, who was 54 when she had her fifth child and Janet Jackson had her first aged 50.

Did you decide to have children in your 50s? We’d love to hear your story, email mystory@ivfbabble.com

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