For some women, the calling of motherhood comes later in life, as in the case of Susan Rufrano-Waitzman. She became a mom for the first time at 51 and realized she still has a lot of love to give, so five years later, she decided to try for… twins.
Susan devoted most of her life to working life and for many years she had not found the right man to have a child with. Everything changed, however, when she met her husband at the age of 44.
“It wasn’t in my mind to get married or have children when I was young. This desire was born when I met my husband,” she said in an interview. In 2012, she became pregnant naturally at the age of 46, but her joy did not last long as she ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ at 9 weeks.
Despite the couple’s disappointment, they did not give up and chose the path of I.V.F. After two failed attempts and after four years had passed, she became pregnant with her daughter.
“I screamed with joy when I found out that I.V.F was successful this time,” she said. Although she had an easy pregnancy, the birth experience was ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ as she almost l.o.s.t her baby due to ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs. But in the end, everything went well and she became a mother at the age of 51.
Her little girl is now 4 years old, and she and her husband are hoping for a second pregnancy despite being 56 years old. “I want my daughter to have a sibling. I’ve always wanted twins,” she said, while continuing to say that many judge her harshly because of her age.
“Of course, I have thought about the perception of society that mocks us for giving birth at this age. However, I consider all of that as something positive because it will make me commit to staying healthy to facilitate the pregnancy process,” said the mother.
“I don’t let someone’s negative comments affect me. I feel like I can do it and I want to give courage to all the women who are trying to become mothers in their 40s and 50s. I also want to tell them not to give up. Don’t put it down!” she added.
It is to be expected that when you have love inside you, you want to give it to your children. And age doesn’t play a role in that.