Britain’s oldest mother brought her baby home for the first time yesterday. Elizabeth Adeney, 66, was snapped lovingly lifting her son out of her car.
Doctors have been monitoring Elizabeth and her baby in hospital since she gave birth to the boy weighing 5lb 3oz. The little boy was delivered by caesarean section a week ago after IVF treatment.
She is reported to have named him Jolyon – which means ‘young at heart’.
Bringing the little boy home was a moment that Elizabeth has dreamed of for most of her adult life.
She first had fertility treatment two decades ago during her short-lived marriage to Robert Adeney, now 71, but was told by medical experts at the time that she could no longer continue with attempts to become pregnant. A source close to Robert Adeney, who now lives in the south of France, said the marriage foundered as his wife, who had not married before, became consumed with the desire to have children.
She finally achieved her goal after travelling to Ukraine for IVF treatment as clinics in the UK refuse to treat women over the age of 50. She continued working a five-day week at Delmore Ltd, the Suffolk plastics and textiles firm where she is managing director, until days before the birth. It is understood she will return to work.
Elizabeth has been reluctant to discuss her pregnancy other than to defend her decision to have IVF, saying, “It’s not physical age that is important – it’s how I feel inside. Some days I feel 39. Others, I feel 56.”
Dismissing the fact she has no partner or siblings to help her, she added, “I’m perfectly capable of looking after myself. I’ve done it for years.”