#6. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Adeney
At 66 years old, factory owner and successful businesswoman Elizabeth Adeney is the oldest woman to have given birth in the UK. She became pregnant in 2009 after years of unsuccessful attempts via IVF. She had to travel to Ukraine to undergo another round of the $15,000 treatment due to her age; clinics in the UK do not treat women over 50.
Her son was born via Caesarean section at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, weighing only 5 lbs 3oz. Despite the criticism surrounding the birth, Elizabeth defended her decision to get pregnant, saying at the time:
“It doesn’t interest me that I am going to be the oldest mum in the country. It is not my physical age that is important, it’s how I feel inside. I don’t have to defend what I have done. It’s between me and my baby and no one else.”