Mum gives birth to a new mini Cooper, at the age of 51

GRANDMOTHER Lynn Cooper has given birth for the fifth time - at the age of 51.

The proud mum told The Courier-Mail she's "never been happier", after welcoming Harrison into the world last week and becoming the oldest woman to give birth at Pindara Private Hospital on the Gold Coast.

"It wasn't something I thought I would end up doing at this age, but everything happens for a reason and I'm so in love with ­Harrison I'm over the moon right now," she said.

Grandmother Lynn Cooper with husband Brad and kids Mia, 3, and Harrison, one week.
Grandmother Lynn Cooper with husband Brad and kids Mia, 3, and Harrison, one week. Nigel Hallett

The new addition is the second baby for Mrs Cooper and her husband Brad, 43, of Pacific Pines, who also have daughter Mia, 3. Mrs Cooper, who first became a mum at 21, also has three daughters from a previous ­marriage, as well as 10 grandchildren - the eldest is 11 and the youngest, six months.

"I thought I'd finished having babies at 30, but after my first marriage finished, I met Brad and decided that I wanted to have a baby with him," Mrs Cooper said.

"We tried to start a family together, but it wasn't happening because I had a lot of scarring from my previous pregnancies, so we looked into other options."

Both Mia and Harrison were conceived through IVF with Mrs Cooper's eggs, using frozen fertilised embryos, and were delivered by caesarean two weeks early to minimise complications.

Statistics show that older mothers, during pregnancy, are more likely to suffer from pre-eclampsia, heart attacks and diabetes, as well as an increased risk of stillbirth.

Lynn Cooper has given birth for the fifth time – at the age of 51
Lynn Cooper has given birth for the fifth time – at the age of 51

As a result, the Coopers initially struggled to get a doctor to treat them, but eventually found Gold Coast obstetrician Dr Michael Flynn who said that it was not common for women in their 50s to have babies these days.

"There are more complexities involved in older pregnancies," he said.

"We deliver the babies at 38 weeks to minimise the risk of the placenta deteriorating. It's about balancing everything to ensure a healthy mother and baby at the end."

Mrs Cooper said she would be forever grateful. "We owe Dr Flynn the world," she said.

"Other doctors we went to just looked at me and said I was too old, but he never judged me. People sometimes think Mia and Harrison are out with their grandma, but it doesn't bother me.

The couple spent $25,000 on IVF to conceive Mia, and $15,000 for Harrison.

News Corp Australia


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