The unidentified woman and her 78-year-old partner welcomed a baby girl via C-section at a hospital in Melbourne, which makes her the current record holder of Australia’s oldest first-time mom.
After several failed IVF procedures, the couple used an embryo from an overseas donor and the baby was born at 34 weeks.
An Australian woman who gave birth in 2010 at the age of 60 had been Australia’s oldest mum prior to this, the record holder for world’s oldest first-time mom is Adriana Iliescu, a Romanian who had her first child in 2005 at the age of 66.
After the recent news broke out, IVF expert Gab Kovacs voiced his opinions by saying it is “irresponsible” to provide women older than 53 with fertility services. “That child will need looking after for 20 years, and there’s a possibility she won’t be able to do that,” he says. “Our bodies weren’t designed to have children in our 60’s. I don’t think any responsible IVF unit in Australia would treat someone of that age, and it’s not a standard of medicine I would condone.”
Prof Kovacs went on to say that pregnancy can take a toll on a woman’s body and that children need parents who can keep up with them. “People will go away with the idea that at 63 you can have a baby. This is sending the wrong message to women that you can have a baby at any age.”