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62-year-old Redding woman gives birth to 12th child
SignOnSanDiego (Union Trubune online) ^ | February 17, 2006 | Staff/Assoicated Press

Posted on 02/18/2006 12:20:36 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o

REDDING – A 62-year-old woman gave birth Friday to a healthy 6-pound, 9-ounce baby boy, becoming one of the oldest women in the world to successfully bear a child. The newborn is the 12th child of Janise Wulf, who's also a grandmother of 20 and great-grandmother of three.

Wulf and her third husband, Scott, 48, named the red-haired boy, Adam Charles Wulf. He follows just 3½ years behind his older brother, Ian.

“I hate to raise one alone, without a sibling,” said Wulf, who was impregnated both times through in vitro fertilization.

Wulf has given birth to a total of 12 children, although one son died in his 30s and another died at birth with undeveloped lungs. Of her 10 living children, the oldest is 40.

“I think she's amazing. She's got more than enough love to give,” Myers said.

Wulf is used to defying the odds. Blind since birth, she was a synchronized swimmer in high school, worked as a piano and organ saleswoman and developed a passion for cooking.

Wulf said Friday that she considers her late-in-life pregnancy a groundbreaking act for older women.

“Age is a number. You're as old as you feel,” she said. “Every time you revolutionize something or you do something different, there's going to be naysayers.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: grandmother; health; invitro; ivf; largefamilies; maternal; motherhood; seniors
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I don't approve of in-vitro... but I suspect that the main nay-sayers here aren't going to be critics of her reproductive technology, but critics of her having twelve kids. And at her age... like Sarah!

Giving birth to, loving, providing for, and raising a child is generous in every sense of the word. And there is nothing in this article to suggest that all of her children, including this youngest one, haven't been well-loved, well-provided-for, and well-raised.

So, I would argue that her use of in-vitro was bebatable; but as for this generous woman's generative contribution, God bless her.

Her kids and grandkids will construct the world of tomorrow ---- will pay for and care for US in our old age, either directly or through their taxes. And this grand old lady is only making up for the gays and the "child-free" couples (heterosexual gays) who don't have any kids at all.

Children enrich our world.

1 posted on 02/18/2006 12:20:37 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o
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Ping


2 posted on 02/18/2006 12:23:06 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

"Wulf and her third husband, Scott, 48,"

Maybe she wore the others out and decided to go for a younger one? Lol.


3 posted on 02/18/2006 12:23:27 PM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Mrs. Don-o

It's a relief to know this didn't happen without medical intervention. To me it's a relief anyway.


4 posted on 02/18/2006 12:25:12 PM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
"Wulf said Friday that she considers her late-in-life pregnancy a groundbreaking act for older women.

“Age is a number. You're as old as you feel,” she said. “Every time you revolutionize something or you do something different, there's going to be naysayers.”

Well.....raising a child at age 62 could be QUITE a challenge.....here's hoping she and hubbie are up to it...

5 posted on 02/18/2006 12:26:57 PM PST by goodnesswins (Too many idiots....so little time.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

'Redding Red Wulf' Bump:)


6 posted on 02/18/2006 12:28:19 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I don't know, Don-o, but the article gives the impression that it's all about her and her own self-fulfillment.

But I wish the family all the best.


7 posted on 02/18/2006 12:29:47 PM PST by Tired of Taxes (That's taxes, not Texas. I have no beef with TX. NJ has the highest property taxes in the nation.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I think that in-vitro is okay for a young couple in child bearing age. However, I don't think that a 62 year old woman should be having this.


8 posted on 02/18/2006 12:30:07 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: jocon307

AMEN! Also I helped by not having kids at all so she had my share and then some.


9 posted on 02/18/2006 12:30:57 PM PST by BabsC
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To: goodnesswins

It's true that raising a child at 62 is a challenge. But there are lots of grandparents who are raising grandkids. And this particular child has a rich and plentiful family to lend a hand (hands) (dozens of hands.)


10 posted on 02/18/2006 12:31:03 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Aging can give one pause!

But not this "young lady"

11 posted on 02/18/2006 12:32:51 PM PST by Young Werther
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To: Mrs. Don-o
I don't approve of in-vitro... >>

Neither does the Catholic Church since many embryo's/children are created and subsequently destroyed while the one baby gets to see the light of day while the others are discarded, used for embryonic stem cell research, and others put on ice indefinitely. It's a mortal sin and grounds for excommunication.
12 posted on 02/18/2006 12:32:57 PM PST by Coleus (IMHO, The IVF procedure is immoral & kills many embryos/children and should be outlawed)
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To: nuconvert

Whatever floats your boat I guess. I think its great that she's 14 years his senior.


13 posted on 02/18/2006 12:33:51 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: All

I wonder if she looks like Ann Margaret or Sofia Loren??


14 posted on 02/18/2006 12:34:16 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Does anyone know what is the highest number of children a woman has ever had?


15 posted on 02/18/2006 12:34:31 PM PST by Tim Long (I spit in the face of people who don't want to be cool.)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...

“I hate to raise one alone, without a sibling,” said Wulf, who was impregnated both times through in vitro fertilization.


16 posted on 02/18/2006 12:36:21 PM PST by Coleus (IMHO, The IVF procedure is immoral & kills many embryos/children and should be outlawed)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Even if she does look like one of them......c'mon...12 kids and 62.......I'd take her home early.


17 posted on 02/18/2006 12:37:10 PM PST by Archie Bunker on steroids
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To: Bringbackthedraft

I clicked on hoping for a picture also. :)


18 posted on 02/18/2006 12:37:17 PM PST by Collier
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I lived in Redding.....not much to do there, except perhaps.......


19 posted on 02/18/2006 12:38:15 PM PST by aligncare (Watergate killed journalism)
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To: Collier; Bringbackthedraft

what diff does it make how she looks?


20 posted on 02/18/2006 12:39:07 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: Coleus

"Neither does the Catholic Church since many embryo's/children are created and subsequently destroyed..."

But it's not just that, Coleus, it's that the Church does not approve of any "third parties" being involved in reproduction. They are so in favor of "nature" they could basically be hippies. But I'm not sure ALL fertility medical help would be off the table. I'm not sure about that at all.

Maybe someone else can give more info.


21 posted on 02/18/2006 12:39:34 PM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Hey, she's a leadpenny.


22 posted on 02/18/2006 12:40:22 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: Tired of Taxes
I honestly don't see how "self-fulfillment" works as a criticism for childbearing, anymore than you could criticize schoolteachers or physicians who chose their profession because they found it personally fulfilling.

Childbearing, like teaching and healing, is a vocation that inherently draws you OUT of yourself and orients you toward filling somebody else's needs and desires.

I am not denying that there is such a thing as blameworthy selfishness, and that someimes it can be expressed through your children (or through your church, or through your political party, your job, or any other way.)

I'm just saying that people who are able to have, raise, and provide for large families are, in the main, outstandingly generous, and are making a contribution that enriches everyone in this society and --- if they do it right --- enriches heaven, too.

23 posted on 02/18/2006 12:42:02 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I can't see bringing children into the world at such an advanced age that you probably won't live long enough to raise them.


24 posted on 02/18/2006 12:44:05 PM PST by passionfruit ("...I think the left wing is turning into a cult... If you disagree you're a traitor")
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To: luckystarmom

Hey, if her other children are healthy and happy, why not? My grandparents were healthy and vital into their 90s.
My mother's doctor is amazed by the fact that she's still menstruating and (theoretically) fertile in her 60s.
My wife's great-grandmother was married at 16, had her first child at 17, and her sixteenth at 48. 12 of them survived to adulthood. She lived to be 90.

With the above noted exception, both my and my wife's families (Northern Europeans all) tend to have small numbers of large, healthy children very late in life.
A generation in our families is 25 or 30 years rather than the accepted figure of 20. Long lifespans, long fertile periods, low fertility rates- I think we're decended from Elves.


25 posted on 02/18/2006 12:47:49 PM PST by Ostlandr ( CONUS SITREP is foxtrot uniform bravo alfa romeo)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
This simply shows what can be accomplished by continual sensory deprivation over a period of time and a little medical intervention.

BTW ... for the fruitbats out here ... I wish this couple of putzes nothing, good or bad, just that they will now go away.






26 posted on 02/18/2006 12:51:28 PM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

She has three great-grandchildren! Imagine being older than your great-uncle.


27 posted on 02/18/2006 12:51:46 PM PST by LWalk18
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To: passionfruit

Not to mention that this 62 yr old woman is also BLIND! Did y'all catch that?

"Wulf is used to defying the odds. Blind since birth, she was a synchronized swimmer in high school..."


28 posted on 02/18/2006 12:55:36 PM PST by California74
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I know of a family that had 22 but it involved two sets of twins.


29 posted on 02/18/2006 12:55:54 PM PST by proud2beconservativeinNJ
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To: Mrs. Don-o
No big thing. According to Guinness' Book of World Records, a Russian woman gave birth to 69 children from 27 pregnancies. They were all multiple births: 16 twins, 7 triplets, 4 quads.
30 posted on 02/18/2006 12:56:22 PM PST by JoeGar
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To: Mrs. Don-o
“I think she's amazing. She's got more than enough love to give,” Myers said.

An obvious statement, given the storyline.

31 posted on 02/18/2006 12:57:51 PM PST by edpc
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To: nuconvert

Her husband is 48 and her oldest son is 40?


32 posted on 02/18/2006 12:58:49 PM PST by free_at_jsl.com
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To: marajade
"what diff does it make how she looks?"

Curiosity.

33 posted on 02/18/2006 1:01:49 PM PST by TennesseeGirl
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To: Ostlandr

There are a lot of risks involved with in-vitro, one of the main being multiples.

I had twins (by act of God) at 34, and know first hand the toll that a twin pregnancy.

I think it is horrible for the doctor to actually go through with in-vitro on a woman of this age due to the risks to both the mom and the future babies.

Anyway, I think it is tooo risky and doctors should not be doing this.


34 posted on 02/18/2006 1:03:01 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: Ostlandr
My wife's great-grandmother was married at 16, had her first child at 17, and her sixteenth at 48.

I think we're decended from Elves.

They must have lived in a very big tree.


35 posted on 02/18/2006 1:06:05 PM PST by edpc
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To: free_at_jsl.com
Her husband is 48 and her oldest son is 40?

She said she doesn't like to raise one without a sibling .... sounds like there are plenty of "siblings" for her "young" husband.

36 posted on 02/18/2006 1:09:02 PM PST by caryatid (Jolie Blonde, 'gardez donc, quoi t'as fait ...)
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To: goodnesswins

And, she's BLIND!!! Unbelievable.


37 posted on 02/18/2006 1:09:10 PM PST by Hildy (The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth)
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To: free_at_jsl.com

It's her 3rd husband


38 posted on 02/18/2006 1:10:13 PM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Mrs. Don-o
The newborn is the 12th child of Janise Wulf, who's also a grandmother of 20 and great-grandmother of three.

So, her newborn is what now? An uncle and great uncle already?

39 posted on 02/18/2006 1:12:27 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Tagline removed by Moderator)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I don't care how many kids she has, but a blind cook is a hazard to the whole neighborhood.


40 posted on 02/18/2006 1:19:02 PM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: Coleus

I think the Catholic Church is right about in vitro. I believe strongly that to go the in vitro route requires a low view of life. How anyone can conceive several babies knowing in advance that the majority of them won't make it is beyond me. I understand the desire to have a child, but there are many children who need a loving home if the desire is that strong, and if the desire to raise a child is purely unselfish, which many claim it is. IMO in vitro is an act of selfishness, not an act of love, and reveals how many parents want to have children for their own selfish reasons.

My hat is off to the many parents who have children naturally, and who adopt, and truly do give of themselves sacrificially to raise them properly.


41 posted on 02/18/2006 1:22:56 PM PST by TruthSetsUFree
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To: jocon307

My daughter has a neighbor with 3 children. There is a set of 4 year old twins and a 3 year old. All 3 were conceived through in vitro. The weirdest aspect of it is that the 3 year old is a triplet of the twins. Her embryo wasn't implanted with theirs. Now their dilemma is that they have a few more frozen embryos and don't know what to do with them.


42 posted on 02/18/2006 1:25:08 PM PST by surrey
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Let's see: 62 + 18 = 80. When this baby reaches 18, his mama will be 80. Somehow I just don't relish the idea of dealing with a teenager when I'm 80.


43 posted on 02/18/2006 1:25:17 PM PST by Grandma Pam
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To: surrey
"Now their dilemma is that they have a few more frozen embryos and don't know what to do with them."

And that is the other reason I vehemently oppose in vitro. To me it's no different than abortion. In fact, in some ways it's worse. My blood ran cold when a friend of mine, who has had 2 babies by in vitro, told me she'd rather destroy (i.e. kill) their left-over embryos (i.e. unwanted babies) than to give them to someone else to raise.

44 posted on 02/18/2006 1:30:52 PM PST by TruthSetsUFree
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To: jocon307

Dear jocon307,

"But I'm not sure ALL fertility medical help would be off the table. I'm not sure about that at all."

Without getting into the graphic details, the Catholic Church permits some fertility treatments.

IVF is clearly not one of them.


sitetest


45 posted on 02/18/2006 1:35:40 PM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Old Professer

lol


46 posted on 02/18/2006 1:51:08 PM PST by chalkfarmer
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To: TruthSetsUFree

I'm curious, because I contemplated in vitro quite a while back (before my fertility kicked in a little too well). I had planned on telling the doctor to only make embryos that we would actually implant me with (3 max, I guess) and implant all, no selective reductions, etc... Is that not an option? I figure if we were going to pay for it, we could set the ground rules.


47 posted on 02/18/2006 2:05:14 PM PST by I_like_good_things_too
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To: Tim Long

I went to High School with a group of kids that had 18 kids in their family. All had the same Mom & Dad.

A guy I was in the Army with came from a family of 16 kids.

Those are the highest number of kids I know, but I'm sure that record's been beat. :)


48 posted on 02/18/2006 2:09:19 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: jocon307
I think the Church will allow the use of hormones/prescriptions and surgery if there is blockage or scar tissue and that's about it.
49 posted on 02/18/2006 2:10:38 PM PST by Coleus (IMHO, The IVF procedure is immoral & kills many embryos/children and should be outlawed)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Maybe someone should tell her where they come from. ;-)


50 posted on 02/18/2006 2:11:55 PM PST by Inkie (Attn Dems: Loose Lips Sink Ships -- but hey, I guess that's your goal))
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