Friday, June 22, 2007

Oldest "New" Mom

Have you heard the one about the 60 year-old New Yorker who recently gave birth to twins? I kid you not! Frieda Birnbaum, who delivered a set of healthy baby boys on the 22th of May said "It's wonderful. It's wonderful,” during a live interview from a New Jersey hospital. Birnbarm is believed to be the oldest woman ever to give birth to twins in the U.S.

She gave birth to “Baby A” at 12:44 p.m. and “Baby B” a minute later by Caesarean section at Hackensack University Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Nancy Radwin said. The twins each weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces, she said.

When asked how people should feel about a woman her age giving birth she said, “I think those people need to get ready for what's coming up in our society. Whenever there's anything new, people cannot comprehend or have difficult getting comfortable," she said. "There are a lot of middle-aged women [having babies] — 40s, 50s, now I just turned 60. That's going to be acceptable. They have to just keep up with what's going on with society.”

Birnbaum and her husband of 38 years, New York attorney Ken Birnbaum, traveled to South Africa last year to a center that specializes in in-vitro fertilization of older women. The procedure was a success and even surprised the Birnbaum's obstetrician, Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan whose reaction was "Wow".

Unfortunately, the Birnbaum's adult children had trouble believing it, too. Alana Birnbaum, 29, told the New York Daily News that she was against her parents' decision to have another child so late in life.

“She's youthful for her age but I don't think it's good,” Alana Birnbaum told the tabloid. “She should be going to the gym and taking time for herself — not taking on more stresses and responsibilities ... Am I happy at all about this? No. I'm not,” she said.

How do you feel about it? If you want to let me know, leave a comment!

Research info gathered from: MSNBC Interactive/ Photo: Dr. Al-Khan, mom and the twins.

Here's today's poem:

The Virtue Of Plainspokenness

in a landscape defined by corrugated sheet metal
& negation somebody coughs dancing in front of
the doorway in front of the window open or
shut we finger pop: with just ten cents
between us a shirt a dress a
summons pressed
together we
firmly believe a
feather boa fur tortoise
lava snake diamond lizard
all possible: after all she insists
that's why we live-for splendor: then
cast the first cold morning of the year in a
plaster mold folded in rubber with edgewater & a
Capella withheld as evidence until midnight unlocks
its arms or at least answer your telephone then
we might even quarrel if nothing else or that
trap door into the attic moss-covered &
stained by its matrix with a seam of
crystal some of quartz so hold
your breath & keep breathing

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