A 57-year-old Indian woman is believed to be the oldest woman to give birth in Australia. Last week sometime, the woman from India gave birth to twins at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Australia.Previously the oldest recorded mother was 56-years-old.
A local newspaper in Australia reports the mother underwent IVF treatment in India by using donor eggs, and traveled to give birth via cesarean section to the babies. In Australia IVF in women over 50-years-old is rare because of the low success rate in women over the age of 44.
This birth has sparked debate and discussion in Australia though.
Andrew Pesce, president of the Australian Medical Association, told the Sunday Times: “Certainly this case raises very significant issues. If you were a good doctor counselling a patient, you would make sure the patient understood the implications of having a child at that age … We live in a society which values individual choice.”
All around the world, the trend of having children at sometimes extreme ages has led to some heartbreaking stories, like Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara of Spain who gave birth in 2006 to twin boys at the age of 66. Last year she passed away leaving her family to raise the young children. Sadly those boys never truly will remember their mother on their own.
How do you feel about parents going through fertility treatments later in life, like the women above?