A daughter has slammed her ‘selfish’ parents for giving birth to her later in life, claiming that she “hated having an older dad”.
Eugenie Levine, whose father was 50 when she was born and developed early onset dementia, said her dad was often mistaken as her grandfather.
Ms Levine, who is now 29, told SBS Insight, says she suffered mental health issues as a result of the age difference, citing she was just 10 by the time her dad’s dementia took hold.
“I hated having an older dad. Hated it,” she said.
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“I didn’t think of it as dementia. I hated people thinking he was my granddad.
“I hated that he wasn’t like anybody else. He was different to all my other friends at school. I was constantly embarrassed. He was getting mentally more disconnected.”
When she was a teenager Ms Levine made the decision to have children early in a bid to be a fun and active younger mother.
She gave birth to her first child at 24.
Mary Coustas, who became a mother via IVF at 49, also told Insight, “I hope that I am one of these ageing people that ages well into their late 80s and can enjoy witnessing her life. But having lost a parent, the wishing that they were around never goes away but the benefits of them don’t either.”
A 62 year old Tasmanian woman became Australia’s oldest new mother by giving birth to a baby girl after becoming pregnant with the help of IVF. It’s her first child and her partner is 78 years old. The AMA president Dr Michael Gannon labelled the decision as “madness”, “selfish” and “wrong”.
The story comes after news last year of a 61-year-old woman who has become a mum for the first time after falling pregnant naturally. Maria Rosaria Veneruso delivered a healthy baby boy called Elia Francesco, weighing in at 7lbs 7oz.
The Italian woman said she and her husband Enzo were completely delighted with their new arrival.
Celebrity dads who became new dads in their later years include: Mel Gibson at 60, Kelsey Grammer at 61, Alec Baldwin, at 58, Rob Schneider at 52 and reportedly Mick Jagger at 73.
The oldest person to ever give birth is reportedly, 70-year-old Daljinder Kaur from India who had a baby with her 79-year-old husband Mohinder Singh Gill through IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) treatment.
While the oldest father was reportedly Les Colley (1898 – 1998, Australia), who had his ninth child a son named Oswald to his third wife at the age of 92 years 10 months.
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