Elizabeth Adeney is Britain's Oldest Mother

Britain's oldest mother brought her baby home for the first time yesterday.

Elizabeth Adeney, 66, looked radiant as she lifted her son lovingly out of her car.

Doctors have been monitoring Mrs Adeney and her baby in hospital since she gave birth to the boy weighing 5lb 3oz by caesarean section a week ago after IVF treatment.

She is reported to have named him Jolyon - which means 'young at heart'.

They were discharged from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge yesterday afternoon and picked up by a female friend and another woman, believed to a nanny, in Mrs Adeney's car which was recently fitted with a child seat.

The wealthy businesswoman smiled broadly as she gently carried her little boy, who appeared to have a tube coming from his nose, into her £600,000 detached house in the Suffolk hamlet of Lidgate.

It was a moment she has dreamed of for most of her adult life.

She first had fertility treatment two decades ago during her short-lived marriage to Robert Adeney, now 71, but was told by medical experts at the time that she could no longer continue with attempts to become pregnant.

A source close to Mr Adeney, who now lives in the south of France, said the marriage foundered as his wife, who had not married before, became consumed with the desire to have children.

Mrs Adeney has been reluctant to discuss her pregnancy other than to defend her decision to have IVF, saying: 'It's not physical age that is important - it's how I feel inside. Some days I feel 39. Others, I feel 56.'

She finally achieved her aim after travelling to Ukraine for IVF treatment as clinics in the UK refuse to treat women over the age of 50.

She continued working a five-day week at Delmore Ltd, the Suffolk plastics and textiles firm where she is managing director, until days before the birth. It is understood she will return to work.

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