Con­ceived nat­u­rally at 45

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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.

I couldn’t

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.

doesn’t bother

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Amaz­ing Anouk: Amanda Ea­son was 46 when she had Anouk.

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