Grandma Gives Birth to Her Grandson

Okay, this has nothing to do with insurance or health care. At least not directly. But it’s a fascinating story and I have to share it. Last week, in Chicago, a 61-year-old woman gave birth to her own grandson. She served as a surrogate for her daughter who had trouble conceiving. According to the story:

Childbirth remains a rare event for post-menopausal women, but the number of such births has risen in recent years due to wider use of in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies. According to state health department records, the oldest woman to give birth in Illinois was 58 when she had her baby in 2006. But data on births after 2008 are not yet available.

Now, a couple of questions spring to my mind right away. First, I was curious to know whether she was the oldest woman to ever give birth? Turns out, no. In India, there are two women who were age 70 when they gave birth. One of them gave birth to twins!

Okay, second question. Was the delivery covered by the grandmother’s insurance policy? Hopefully she had insurance — she’s too young for Medicare. If so, I wouldn’t be surprised if the insurance company denied it the first time it got  processed. Grandma better get ready to make a few phone calls to explain this one.

In any case, best of luck to Grandma, baby and the new mom and dad!


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