In India, hundreds of women in their 60s and 70s are at their defying age to have children using In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Elderly couples are turning to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to have babies. Thereby avoiding the stigma associated with being childless in India. Thereby increasing the count of older mothers in the world.
In vitro fertilization (IVF)
IVF is a process of fertilization where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro (“in glass”).
Doctors are doing this in order to fulfill the right of every woman to bear a child.
Here is the story of one such older mother in India
Daljinder Kaur last month gave birth to a healthy boy getting pregnant by her 79-year-old husband. She underwent IVF treatment at a northern Indian clinic.
Kaur said the couples, married for 46 years, were overjoyed at finally having their first child. Couple was facing years of taunts in a country where infertility is seen as a curse from God.
Kaur from Amritsar says that “I feel blessed that I am able to hold my own baby. I had lost hope of becoming a mother ever, I used to feel empty. There was so much loneliness.”
The clinic, in Haryana, told that the couple’s baby was conceived using Kaur’s egg and her husband’s sperm after two unsuccessful attempts.
But fertility expert Sunil Jindal raised questions about the future of a child born to elderly parents. He was also worried about the health issues for the old age mothers. It is stressful for a woman in 70s carrying the weight of a child in her womb for nine months.
Dr. Sarka Lisonkova lead study author says that problems like high blood pressure and diabetes during pregnancy are experienced. It leads to higher risk of death and severe complications for babies born to old mothers.
Despite some risk here are some benefits for kids born to older mothers:
According to research Kids born to older mothers are taller, less likely to quit school, more likely to attend university. They tend to perform better on standardized tests than siblings who were born before them.
“We need to develop a different perspective on advanced maternal age”. “Expectant parents are typically well aware of the risks associated with late pregnancy, but they are less aware of the positive effects.”