Daljinder Kaur, a 70-year-old woman, gave birth to a son named Arman (meaning “wish” in Hindi) on April 19.
Arman is the first born for Daljinder and her 79-year-old husband, Mohinder Singh Gill. They’ve been married for nearly 50 years.
“I feel blessed to be able to hold my own baby. I had lost hope of becoming a mother ever,” said Kaur, who underwent two years of IVF treatment and had two failed attempts earlier.
“Everyone asked me to adopt a baby, but I never wanted to. I had faith in Almighty, and knew I will bear my child one day,” The Times of India quoted Kaur.
The baby, Arman, is healthy, according to reports.
Daljinder Kaur says she is 70 years old. But the clinic in the Indian state of Haryana, National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre, which helped Kaur become pregnant, put her age at 72. Many people in India, particularly those now over 50, don’t know their exact age because they don’t have birth certificates.
In 2006, another Indian woman, Rajo Devi, gave birth to a daughter at the age of 70, after treatment at the same clinic. If Kaur is 72, as the clinic claims, she would be the oldest woman in the world to give birth to a baby.
“The woman came to me alone first in 2013, after reading about us in a paper,” the Hindustan Times quoted Dr. Anurag Bishnoi, embryologist and owner of the fertility clinic. “We started work within two months in 2013 but the first attempt failed, which is normal. After six months, another attempt was made and that also didn’t succeed. Finally, the third attempt was successful,” he said.
IVF has made healthy pregnancy possible for a lot of women, but do you think giving birth at 70 is too old? Medical reasons aside, who’s going to care for the child once the parents pass away?
Mohinder says he’s not worried about that for baby Arman.
“People say what will happen to the child once we die. But I have full faith in God. God is omnipotent and omnipresent, he will take care of everything,” he told the AFP news agency.
New life is beautiful, but it’s going to take us some time to wrap our heads around a woman going through pregnancy at 70.