Even if the two digits - 54 - were reversed, Sarajean Grainson would be considered an older mom. But she'll turn 54 in July, and last month the Valley Stream woman gave birth to fraternal twins Matthew and David.
It's not so shocking anymore for a woman in her 50s to have a newborn. But the Grainson clan gathered for a news conference Thursday at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where the twins were born, because Grainson said she wanted to inspire women not to give up on the dream of carrying a baby.
"I want women to know there is no biological clock. . . . It's not ticking anymore," Grainson said. A doctor brought Grainson out of menopause and combined donor eggs with her husband's sperm.
Grainson plans to stay home full-time; she joked that while other women jump from planes or go to the Caribbean in retirement, she'll joyfully spend hers raising children.
Grainson's husband, David, 41, is a former Roman Catholic priest and now a social worker. He said he had no qualms using in vitro fertilization.
"What it really comes down to is this is a gift from God," he said.
Sarajean Grainson has three children from a previous marriage: Nicholas Piazza, 31, a medical technician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan who lives in Woodside, and Jeanna Piazza, 22, a recent graduate of Molloy College in Rockville Centre who lives at home with the Grainsons, attended the news conference, but Christine Piazza, 28, a Lynbrook social worker, couldn't make it because she'd recently had back surgery. Sarajean's younger sister, Christine Cormace, 50, of Levittown, and Nicholas' wife, Danielle, also attended to show that all the family support the Grainsons have.
The Grainsons also have a son Luke, 2, who wore a T-shirt declaring "I'm the BIG BROTHER" and sucked on a blue lollipop. Nicholas Piazza joked, "My wife had no brothers-in-law when we got married. Now she has three."
Jeanna Piazza, who pitches in when her mom needs help, said having the boys around is "good practice" for her.
"Yesterday my little brother gave me a time out," she joked, about Luke. "I can't wait for two more to try to tell me what to do. I love them so much."