Conceived naturally at 45
Amanda Eason, 53, conceived naturally at age 45
When Amanda Eason was 35 a family friend told her she’d ‘‘missed the boat’’ on having kids. Eason was under the same impression. The Mt Albert poet and primary school teacher had put her career first, and besides, she hadn’t met the right man.
But 10 years later, aged 45, she met her man, fell pregnant and, at 46, gave birth to her daughter Anouk.
‘‘I was absolutely ecstatic, believe my luck,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s the absolute best thing that’s ever happened in my life.’’
Eason met her ‘‘mister right’’ during a two-week trip to Tibet.
Though the pair hit it off straight away, Eason had her reservations about a serious relationship because she was 10 years his senior.
She warned him she might not be able to have children.
After the trip the couple moved in together.
Eason didn’t want to undergo fertility treatment because the relationship was still so new.
‘‘I said let’s just stop the contraception because we might be lucky – and we were.’’
Though Eason became pregnant without any help and had the ‘‘perfect pregnancy’’, giving birth was traumatic.
At 14 days overdue, her body failed to go into labour so she had an emergency caesarean.
Eason says being an older mum was initially tiring and warns others not to wait as long as she did.
Anouk has been on the receiving end of some insensitive remarks about her mum’s age.
But that 7-year-old.
‘‘She’s my mum . . . she’s kind-hearted and very very nice,’’ she says.
Amazing Anouk: Amanda Eason was 46 when she had Anouk.