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Is Kelly Preston Too Old to Have a Baby?

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Dr. Wendy Walsh: When I heard Kelly Preston and John Travolta's pregnancy announcement, my heart leapt with joy for this family that has endured so much tragedy. Almost two years ago, their 16-year-old son, Jett, died of a seizure -- and this week, both family dogs were killed in an airport accident.

Kelly Preston

Add to that empathy my personal pleasure at seeing a "chronological peer" of mine carrying a baby. Yippee! There might be hope for me, should I ever entertain such a goal. So, when I saw the 47-year-old expectant mom beaming on the cover of Star Magazine with her pregnancy news, I was -- and still am -- thrilled for them.

Then I had dinner last night with two families. The parents were also in their forties, and we started to do the math: By the time this baby graduates from college, Kelly will be 70 years old. The opinion camps at my dinner party were divided. Some people thought she was too old to have a baby, and that it's not fair to make someone in their twenties plan a funeral or deal with aging parents. I argued that in my twenties, I'd dealt with long-term parental illness and death -- not because of my parents' ages, but because of bad luck. While it would be great to have my parents alive today, I sure don't regret being born, or feel that I missed out on anything because I dealt with family health obligations in my twenties.

A friend brought up Carmela Bousada -- the Spanish woman who, at 66, was the oldest woman ever to give birth. Sadly, Carmela died of cancer two years later. Since she was single, the twins are reportedly being raised by their godfather, who is also their first cousin. That's a sad case, but Kelly is almost twenty years younger than Carmela was. Let's not forget that.

Bottom line: New life is a joyous thing. It takes a village to raise a child anyway, so this kid will undoubtedly have many attachments in the form of family and friends. He/she surely won't feel alone in the world with a sister 10 years older. Who cares if this child has parents who are older than his/her friend's parents? No one knows how long they have. The average life expectancy in America is 78.4 right now. That's the average, which means that much of the population lives longer than that. Who knows? Kelly and John might live to be 100!

Do YOU think Kelly is too old to have a baby?

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Joanne November 25, 2010, 10:05 AM

To ‘Kim’ - being in shape has nothing to do with it! Middle-aged people are taking big risks when they choose to have children. John is 56 years old and Kelly is 48! Good grief, why can’t they adopt some Haiti orphans if they are so gung ho about parenthood.

What a joke December 24, 2010, 7:22 PM

How selfish it is to have children at that age. - When that child is in her thirties or forties they get to watch there parents die. What a joke - they think because the are celebs that it is cool - but who cares - drugs will get that kid on celebrity rehab and blame the parents for having children so late in life. You lost a child live with it

Lae January 12, 2011, 5:53 AM

I think everyone is thinking about this as an age thing. We forget that we are here because this is God’s will. When we die its because God’s says our time is up here on earth. Everyone thinks age and death go together, but we forget that we can die young too! In the bible most woman were having babies in their 90’s. This is a miracle and how we forget that children are truly a gift from God! I know, I was blessed!

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Jennifer February 22, 2011, 7:30 AM

Why do so many people think it is selfish to have a child at 47? That is my age and I wish I could have children (I have none). Tomorrow is promised to no one. Your parents could die at 30, 50 or 100. The Travoltas clearly have the means to support the child and themselves and by the time the child is 20, Kelly will be 67, not with one foot in the grave. I know she probably did it because she lost Jett. So let’s celebrate this miracle.

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