Are you ever too old to give birth – or too old to become a parent? What if it’s “World Record” old?
An Indian woman in her 70s just gave birth to a healthy boy, after undergoing IVF fertility treatments. Her exact age is unknown, because she doesn’t have a birth certificate (apparently a commonality in India), but she says she’s about 72. Her husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, is 79.
Daljinder Kaur gave birth in April after two years of treatment at a fertility clinic in the northern state of Haryana. Since she’s in menopause, Daljinder had to use donor eggs. She and her husband, a farmer, had previously adopted, but their son moved to the US years ago. The couple almost lost hope of having their own child and had faced ridicule in a country where infertility is sometimes seen as a curse from the Almighty.
Their son, Arman, was born a healthy 4.4-pounder (2kg).
Depending on Daljinder’s actual age, this may be a new World Record. Until her age is verified, the current record was set in 2006 by Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara, who at 66 gave birth to twin boys in Barcelona.
So, I ask you again, are you ever too old to give birth – or too old to become a parent? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.