Is there an age at which a woman should not be having babies anymore? And if so, what is that magic number? Not every woman is capable of deciding on such a bold step as pregnancy at 50+. And what can we say about those who are already 60 years old or more? This topic has been brought to the forefront after news of an elderly couple in India falling pregnant and giving birth to their first child despite both of them being in their 70s hit the headlines.
In Amritsar, Haryan, after 46 years of marriage, the couple celebrates the birth of their first child. Daljinder Kaur, 72, and her husband, 79, underwent an I.V.F process at an assisted reproduction clinic.
In a country where ɪɴꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ is seen as a curse, the couple have suffered much ᴄʀɪᴛɪᴄɪsᴍ and ridicule in recent years for their inability to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ. Kaur and her husband do not care about their advanced age and do not think they are too old to raise a baby.
Armaan was born on April 19, weighing two kilograms. He is healthy and strong. He was ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ through a ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ performed by the National Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ and test Tᴜʙᴇ clinic, which combined the couple’s ᴇɢɢs and sᴘᴇʀᴍ.
Fertility expert Sunil Jindal raised questions about the future of a child born to elderly parents, as well as health issues for the mother.
“There are ᴇᴛʜɪᴄᴀʟ ɪssᴜᴇs. In my opinion, it is unfair to do such a procedure on a woman who is over 60,” Jindal said. “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.”
When asked about their fate and that of their new child, the couple take comfort in their religious beliefs. “People wonder what will happen to the child when we ᴅɪᴇ. I have full faith in God. God is omnipotent and omnipresent, and he will take care of everything,” Kaur’s husband said.
Daljinder Kaur spoke in an interview with the local press, that she had not given up hope of one day being a mother. “God heard our prayers. My life is now complete. I’ll take care of this baby by myselft. I feel full of energy. My husband is also very careful and he helps me as much as he can”, added Kaur, infecting everyone with her joy and motherly love.