Man at His Best

A Woman In Her Seventies Just Gave Birth To Her First Child

"I had lost hope of becoming a mother ever."

BY MEGAN FRIEDMAN | May 13, 2016 | Culture


After two years of IVF treatments, Daljinder Kaur finally achieved what she wanted for her entire life: motherhood. AFP reports that Kaur, who is in her seventies, gave birth to her first child last month. 

Kaur, who lives in India with her 79-year-old husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, were the subject of ridicule in their town for decades because they did not have children; some Indians believe that infertility is a curse from a higher power. According to The Guardian, Gill even had trouble inheriting property from his family because he was infertile, but he went to court to secure a piece of land and money, which eventually went to the fertility treatments. 

"I feel blessed to be able to hold my own baby. I had lost hope of becoming a mother ever," Kaur told AFP. "I used to feel empty. There was so much loneliness." They had adopted a son in the 1980s, but he left to study in the United States and didn't return to India.

There are several factors that are unclear about the pregnancy. Some news reports said that donor eggs were used, while the clinic told  AFP that Kaur's eggs were used. Since many people in the country don't have birth certificates, Kaur said her age was "around" 70, while the clinic said she was 72. If she's correct about her age, she would be the world's oldest new mother, according to The Telegraph

Though many health experts called the IVF procedure unethical, their doctor, Anurag Bishnoi, fought back. "Reproduction is a fundamental right. The government cannot prevent that," he told The Telegraph. Kaur went through a battery of physical tests to ensure she was fit to conceive, and the couple has relatives who can step in as a guardian if necessary.

From: Good Housekeeping