A woman in India at the age of 73 recently gave birth to twin girls. A farmer in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Erramatti Mangayamma, is thought to be the oldest woman on record to give birth. She got pregnant via In vitro fertilization (IVF) and the doctors delivered the twins through a caesarean section (c-section) yesterday.
“The surgery went well; the mother and the babies are all healthy with no complications,” said the doctor who performed the c-section, Sanakayyala Umashankar, Director of Ahalya IVF.
Mangayamma and her 80 year old husband, E. Raja Rao, have been married for 57 years, although they weren’t able to have children naturally. Last year, the couple went to Umashankar for help, and after initial tests looked positive, the doctor agreed to go forward with the IVF procedure.
Considering Mangayamma’s age, a c-section was the logical way to go. She’ll be kept under observation for the following three weeks.
“We are not allowing the mother to breastfeed and the babies will be fed through the milk bank,” said Umashankar.
Rao has already started creating a plan for his daughters, and Mangayamma sees this as a new take on life, according to Umashankar.
“She is very confident now. More confident than ever in her life and she is looking forward to the next chapter of her life with the kids,” Umashankar commented.
Why most women can’t give birth at that age
“A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have. As she ages her eggs age with her and their number and quality reduces over time. This is why her chance of having a baby also reduces over time, especially for women older than 35 years of age.” – yourfertility.org
“Women do not remain fertile until menopause. The average age for menopause is 51, but most women become unable to have a successful pregnancy sometime in their mid-40s.” – reproductivefacts.org