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57 year old "decides to manifest children"

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckeyeInTheBoro, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. BuckeyeInTheBoro

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    57 year old "decides to manifest children"


    Wouldn't one have to actually become a child or put them on display to "manifest children"?


    Anyway, I know it's none of my business and I know nothing about this lady or her motives, but just the same this article bugs me. To me it smacks of the cavalier attitude some in our society have about producing new life, so I thought I'd share and get some different perspectives.


    NEW YORK (CNN) -- A 57-year-old New Age mystic is pregnant and could tie the record for the oldest American to give birth to twins.

    Aleta St. James, a former actress whose Web site describes her as a healer and success coach, conceived the children through in-vitro fertilization, her doctor said.

    She is scheduled to deliver her twins by Caesarean this week, according to The Associated Press.

    "I'm very young and vivacious and my whole world is about manifesting, so I decided to manifest children," St. James said.

    Jane Miller, director of the North Hudson IVF, a fertility clinic in New Jersey, said St. James was her patient for several years before she discussed in-vitro fertilization. "It wasn't like she just came to ask to become a record or be some statistic," Miller said.

    "In general I would not recommend someone to get pregnant at this age," Miller added. "Pregnancy at this age can increase the chances of premature birth, which can cause neurological damage to the baby."

    MayoClinic.com, a partner of CNN.com, lists these additional risks to pregnancy during a woman's 50s:
    • Increased miscarriage risks
    • Gestational diabetes
    • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
    • Greater chance of Caesarean delivery
    Miller said she agreed to oversee St. James' pregnancy because she was in such good health."There was no medical reason that would prevent a successful-term pregnancy with her through the use of donated eggs," Miller said.Following publicity about St. James' conception, Miller said more older women are contacting her about pregnancy."This is a very risky situation," Miller said. "And when women of this age range call, I'm going to give them a dose of reality."St. James was bit more optimistic about the possibility of other women following her lead. "At any age it's possible," she said.Judy Cates gave birth to twin girls December 9, 1998, when she was 57. The oldest woman ever to have a baby is believed to be Arceli Keh of Highland, California, who was 63 when she gave birth in 1996.
     
  2. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    I am struggling with a definition of Manifest that matches what she is doing as well.

    While my inital reaction is similar to yours I suppose she has a better motivation to have children than the tens of thousands who do it because some guy at a party looked cute after a couple of beers.
     
  3. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    Very true. I don't really see a problem with it (keeping in mind that we don't know what motivates her)- the only possible problem is that the kids will grow up to be new-age granola freaks like their mom.
     
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