Multiple Births

60-Year-Old Woman Delivers Twin Boys

Another woman over 60 has delivered a set of twins.

In January I reported on a mom, 67 who gave birth to twins in Spain.

Frieda Birnbaum, 60, gave birth to twin boys Tuesday, becoming the oldest woman to give birth to twins in the United States.

The babies were delivered at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J., by cesarean section.

“Baby A” weighed 4 pounds, 11.4 ounces, and “Baby B” weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces.

Birnbaum said she felt great after delivering the two boys. “This is so wonderful, I feel so relaxed. It has been a great experience,” she said.

Early Wednesday morning the boys were already breathing on their own and getting ready for a bottle feeding, doctors from the hospital said.

Mom rested well all night, and doctors described the morning as “a normal postpartum day one, without a hitch!”

Birnbaum, who is a psychologist, and her husband Ken, a Manhattan attorney, have three other children — a 6-year-old son, a 29-year-old daughter and a 33-year-old son.

The husband and wife of 38 years said they had not settled on the names, but were leaning toward Jake and Jared.

Before her noontime C-section, Birnbaum said she underwent in-vitro fertilization (IVF) last year in Cape Town, South Africa, so her youngest son, Ari, would have siblings closer to his age and because she wanted older women to be able to deliver children “without a stigma attached.”

Birnbaum made the decision to have more children, preferably twins, one stormy day on a cruise ship after reading a magazine article about women having older children.

She and her husband tried unsuccessfully to conceive again in New York and later made the decision to go to South Africa after researching medical centers that specialize in IVF for older women.

Birnbaum said she previously had some of her eggs frozen, but declined to say whether those eggs were used to conceive the twins.

The couple said they were overjoyed to learn they would be having twins. Birnbaum said she looks forward to dressing the boys in matching outfits.

My issue with this is that a mom of 60 can’t possibly have the energy to keep to a set of twins. I am sure that she is going to be a fabulous mom and they will probably be able to provide many nice things for these babies, but it will be hard for them to keep up with their active lifestyles.


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Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!


  • hurry!!
    happy to read this article…even I’m planning to have twins I’m 28 need your suggestions to hit boys twins pack..inputs are heartly appreciated


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