A 70-year-old woman has now become the oldest woman in recorded history to ever give birth. On November 28, she delivered a baby girl in India. This is a woman who had reportedly been in menopause for the last 20 years.
The "new mom", who has been married for 50 years, said she had been trying, without success, to have a child for much of that time. The baby was conceived through the use of a donor egg that was injected with her husband's 72-year-old husband’s sperm. The baby was born premature, since the embryo transfer took place on April 18, according to newspaper reports, and she was born seven months later.
Several months ago, I wrote about a 60-year-old New Jersey woman who gave birth to twins. She called it a wonderful experience. Wonderful for her, right. But what about the boys she has to care for and raise? Did she ever stop to think about the impact her age will have as they grow older? The same goes for this 70-year-old from India. How much longer will she be around---or her husband for that matter---to take care of her child? The new mother was quoted as saying, "We longed for a child all these years and now we are very happy to have one.”
I've asked it before. I'm asking again. How old is too old to have a baby?
Do these women need a medicare bond in order to give birth? Maybe they should get one!