Oldest woman to give birth becomes mother at 72

Indian woman gives birth after in vitro fertilization

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AMRITSAR CITY, India – After two years of in vitro fertilization treatment, 72-year-old Daljinder Kaur gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Kaur and her 79-year-old husband were unable to get pregnant on their own and sought treatment at a clinic in Haryana, India.

“There are ethical issues. In my opinion it is unfair to do such a procedure on a woman who is over 60. The sheer fact that a woman in her 70s has to carry the weight of a child in her womb for nine months is stressful,” fertility expert Sunil Jindal told The Associated Foreign Press.

Kaur was physically fine to carry a baby according to the clinic’s doctor. She and her husband of 46 years were teased for their struggle with infertility.

It is a social expectation to marry and have children to carry on the lineage. "It's not just a problem between husband and wife, it's a social problem," said Dr. Prabha Manchanda, a leading Delhi gynecologist, Indiatoday.com reported.

This scenario isn’t the first of its kind. Another Indian woman in her 70s gave birth to twins in 2008 via IVF.