Manda Epton, from Sydney, Australia, has gone viral this week for an interview in which she proves she’s not your typical mom.
Manda gave birth to her two twin daughters aged almost 50 after 11 years of IVF.
After she became single in her late thirties, she decided she’d have to do it alone, and gave birth to Chloe and Freya after spending over $50,000 on fertility treatments.
“I started doing treatments when I was 39, as I’d always dreamt of having a family,” she told the Daily Mail.
“I continued dating over the 10 years but always felt this pressure as I still wanted children. I ran out of get to know you time to co-parent with someone.”
But her journey wasn’t easy.
She underwent three rounds of IVF, and suffered two miscarriages before the birth of her twins.
“One of the clinics referred me to a psychotherapist who told me that I needed to come to terms with the fact that I would never have children at 43,” she revealed.
“I struggled with the miscarriages and part of me wanted to give up at points, but I really wanted children of my own. I even thought about adoption, but the waiting list was seven years, and single women were at the bottom of the list.”
But after a turbulent path, there was a happy ending.
In August 2018, “both my girls came out perfectly happy and healthy.”
And Manda has some pretty strong views about her parenting style.
“I feel as though, at 54, I’m a bit wiser and don’t do technology the way younger parents do these days. So I’m out here spending more time playing with them at the park and doing fun activities, rather than ignoring them and being on my phone.”
“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”
Congratulations to the happy family!