Oh baby! Tracey Kahn, a single woman from New York, has done something that very few women in their late 40s and early 50s have done – Kahn not only had one child at the age of 49, two years later at the age of 51 she once again is a new mom, giving birth to a healthy baby girl on Feb. 18.
Writes People.com on Feb. 27: “The single mom and career woman, 51, delivered her second daughter on Feb. 18 and is thrilled to welcome her into their family.” Daughter Eloise Becket now joins Kahn and her eldest child, Scarlett, who herself is only two-years-old.
“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been,” said Kahn, a successful NYC publicist, who said that people are dismayed about her choice to start a family so late in life. “I get responses like, ‘Oh my god you’re so old, why would you do that?’ I tell them that I’m in good health and just decided to fulfill my dream of having kids, whether I was married or not. It’s all about how you raise them.”
Kahn, who is unmarried, used in vitro fertilization to conceive; both of her daughters came from the same donor eggs and sperm given by the same people. “I’m beyond thrilled, the happiest I’ve been in my life,” Khan told the New York Post. “I’m feeling super healthy, and the baby is beautiful.”
Adds the Daily Mail: “But while Miss Kahn went through her first round of IVF to conceive Scarlett at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York – at the age of 49 – the clinic refused to give her IVF treatment the second time around because she was too old to qualify under their regulations. The businesswoman therefore enrolled for treatment at the Manhattan-based Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York, a fertility clinic which specializes in treating women who are over the age of 50 and works with mothers as old as 55.”
Khan said that other than some general discomfort, both of her pregnancies went well. “Towards the end of the pregnancy, I was getting a little uncomfortable because of the extra weight, but otherwise it was pretty good,” she said.
The businesswoman, who lives in a $1 million dollar NYC apartment, said she employs a full-time nanny as she continues to work long hours. In between working, Khan said she is still on the lookout for a father and life partner.
“There are so many positive things to having a baby this late in life,” she said, while admitting that she has taken some criticism for bringing two children into the world at an older age. “Yes, I’m older, but I’m in great shape. I have a great head on my shoulders, with a great system of friends… I would I love to get married and give my daughters a father one day? Absolutely. That’s next on my bucket list.”
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