A woman who first became a mother to 50 and used the eggs of her 36-year-old wife says she is tired of being seen as the grandmother of her young son.
Dawn Pullen-Lee, now 52, from Treharris, South Wales, was born after miracle baby Llywelyn after three IVF rounds – using her savings to pay for them.
Determined to become a mother with Rebecca, who already has three children, Pullen-Lee eventually became pregnant in 2016, causing Llywelyn to be born three weeks early.
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Dawn Pullen-Lee, 52, from Treharris, South Wales, says she wanted kids but never met the right person. When she married Rebecca, spending her time with her wife's three children made her realize she really wanted a baby
Pullen-Lee used Rebecca & # 39; s eggs with donor sperm to make her own embryos that were not viable. After three rounds of IVF, the couple was eventually conceived
Miracle boy: The mother-of-one says the couple's third attempt to have a baby was their last attempt and they were lucky it worked
Dawn and Rebecca Pullen-Lee with their son; the official says she finds it rude that people assume she is the grandmother when the family goes out together
However, two years later, Dawn says she has had enough of strangers, assuming she is Lllywelyn's grandmother because of her age. Dawn, a civil servant said: & People on the street sometimes look at me and ask: are you his nan? "
She says strangers sometimes feel they can randomly ask her: & how often do you have your grandson at home? & # 39;
She says she decides to become a mother cam late, because she never met the right person, despite the fact that she always wants to have her own children.
She explains: & # 39; When I met my wife in 2013, who has three children, it became obvious that I wanted one of my own.
& # 39; We agreed to try IVF by using my own eggs, but because I am at a certain age, they were not good enough.
At the age of 50, Pullen-Lee said that she & # 39; the oldest mother in the hospital & # 39; was experiencing a risky pregnancy because of her age
& # 39; After my first treatment, I was told that I had less than 40 percent chance of becoming pregnant due to my age.
I was the oldest mother in the hospital. Doctors were concerned because there was a higher risk that the baby could have Down syndrome …
& # 39; What we did then was get 30 eggs from my wife who were fertilized in the lab and the third attempt worked.
& # 39; It's amazing because part of the baby is also genetically my partner's. Because I was 50 years old, the hospital was worried during pregnancy and there was a higher risk that it would have Down's syndrome or be disabled.
& # 39; I was the oldest mother in the hospital. I wanted to try it and it was our last attempt because we had spent all our savings. I was lucky it worked. & # 39;
Lllywelyn was born healthy in 2016 although he contracted meningitis and sepsis only two weeks later; Pullen-Lee says she experienced age discrimination when hospital staff asked if she was actually his mother
Dawn had to give birth in March 2017 with a C-section and little Llywelyn was born three weeks early.
Two weeks later, he became ill with meningitis and sepsis, so Dawn took him to the hospital, where she says she had to deal with age discrimination.
She added: & # 39; We brought him to the hospital with meningitis and sepsis.
& # 39; I was treated a bit suspiciously, I showed up with the baby, he was not healthy and the nurse asked me & # 39; Are you sure you are the mother of this baby? & # 39;
& # 39; I said & # 39; yes & # 39; and then they said: & # 39; Are you sure you gave birth to this baby? & # 39;
& # 39; I was shocked, it was the only time I had a negative experience at the hospital. & # 39;
Aside from that incident, Dawn says she has never heard negative comments before and that she is very lucky that she became pregnant at her age.
Now, the 52-year-old says she would encourage older women to think about trying to conceive
Rebecca, the wife of Pullen-Lee, depicted with the couple's son as a young baby
Dawn says she could handle her pregnancy well and would encourage other women who want to become mothers at a later age to continue.
She said: & # 39; I didn't find it difficult at all, I was a little stressed because I thought I missed my chance when I reached 50.
& # 39; IVF was hard and emotional, but the rest was a breeze compared.
& # 39; My pregnancy was great, all I had was a little indigestion, but that's normal.
& # 39; I have had blood clots since I was 40, so it was dangerous to get pregnant, but I am so grateful that I took that risk.
& # 39; When I went to the IVF clinic, I saw that they had no statistics for women over 45, so rare to get pregnant that age. I'm so lucky. & # 39;
WOMEN THAT MUST BECOME MOTHERS OVER THE AGE OF 50
Daljinder Kaur, 73, and Mohinder Singh Gill, 80, had their first child Armaan with the help of IVF after years of trying to have their own baby
Elizabeth Adeney, from Suffolk, was the oldest mother in Britain at 66 when she gave birth to a son in 2009 after IVF treatment in Ukraine.
The oldest, for the first time British, IVF mother is supposed to be Sue Tollefsen, from Harold Wood, Essex, who gave birth to daughter Freya in 2008 after treatment in Moscow 57.
The cut-off limit for IVF treatment on the NHS is 42, and most private clinics in the UK refuse to treat women over 50, forcing older women to travel abroad for treatment. Another option apart from the use of frozen eggs is adoption.
Daljinder Kaur, 73, from Amritsar, in Punjab, North India, delivered her first child Armaan in April 2016 by IVF. Her 46-year-old husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, 80, agreed to treatment after several unsuccessful attempts to have a child of her own.
Annegret Raunigk is the oldest woman, at the age of 65, to give birth to quadruplets. She was refused IVF treatment in Germany, but a doctor in Ukraine agreed to inseminate her artificially. She already had 13 children to five different fathers.
The Indian mother Memnune Tiryaki was 62 when she freed her child. She had been trying to have a baby for 35 years. Thanks to modern medicine, she was able to give birth as a pensioner.
Dawn Brooke is officially registered in the Guinness World Record Book as the oldest mother who naturally delivered a baby after she had conceived her child naturally at the age of 59.
Hollywood star Brigitte Nielsen, 55, most recently became a mother again at 54, after freezing her eggs to have her own genetic baby. The actress – who recently turned 55 – had IVF (in vitro fertilization) and gave birth to the fifth child, Frida.
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