Obstetrics: Is This a Record?

What is the upper age limit for becoming a parent? For men, the question is largely academic, because it is virtually impossible to be sure of a child's paternity, and most stories of centenarians whose wives produce children deserve nothing more than the knowing smiles they usually elicit. "Maternity," however, says Dr. Harvey Flack, editor of Britain's Family Doctor, "is an indisputable fact, usually witnessed by at least two people . . . And then the blessed event is solemnly recorded by the local registrar."

Dr. Flack kept getting reports of women over 50 who had had babies, and many...

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