It’s how you feel inside, says UK’s oldest mum, 66
ELIZABETH Adeney became Britain’s oldest mother in 2009 after giving birth to her son aged 66.
The divorcee, pictured, had fertility treatment in Ukraine, using a donor egg and sperm. She said at the time: ‘It’s not physical age that is important, it’s how I feel inside. Some days I feel 39. Others, I feel 56.’
Mrs Adeney, managing director of a plastics company, first had fertility treatment two decades previously during her short-lived marriage to Robert Adeney. A source close to Mr Adeney said the marriage foundered because of her all-consuming desire to have a child.
Mrs Adeney had her son Jolyon, meaning ‘young at heart’, by caesarean section before returning to work four weeks later. She left her baby in the care of a nanny at her £600,000 house in Suffolk.
She said what she had done was ‘between me, my baby and no one else’ and dismissed the fact she had no partner or siblings to help her, saying: ‘I’m perfectly capable of looking after myself. I’ve done it for years.’