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Old aged new parents: A fashion now

A 70-year-old woman from Amritsar, Punjab, gave birth to her first child last month, after undergoing IVF treatment for almost a year. The couple had been married without children for nearly five decades. Finally, the couple thought of their loneliness and given thought to welcome new member in their lives. Wife was firm in having a baby with or without her husband. Due to a family dispute, they never focused on their own dream to become parents. In September 2014, Kaur declared she was going to the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre in Haryana. Her husband could come along if he wanted. In April, 46 years after Kaur and Gill married, Kaur gave birth to a son named Arman. Kaur is in her early 70s. Gill is 79.

Kaur overcame the protestations of the Haryana fertility doctors, who ultimately agreed she was sufficiently fit — as well as adequately stubborn — to give birth. Arman was conceived through in vitro fertilization. Kaur used to feel lonely now she blessed with her own baby. Kaur’s health appears to be as good as her spirits. She is breastfeeding her son, mollifying some of the clinic doctors’ concerns. At this age, she is managing to feed her child is definitely a concern as there is doubt that the child is receiving proper or healthy intake. Kaur is one of — if not the — oldest women to give birth; it cannot be said definitively, however, because she lacks a birth certificate. She believes that she is about 70. Anurag Bishnoi is the physician who oversaw her pregnancy.

Giving birth at 59, a woman named Dawn Brooke is thought to be the oldest mother who did not use reproductive treatments. When assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization enter into the picture, maternal records stretch significantly older. A 66-year-old Spanish woman, Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara, gave birth to twins in 2006; she later admitted to lying to doctors about her age — she said she was 55 — in order to have access to in vitro fertility treatments. Rajo Devi Lohan, who is from India like Kaur, claimed the record at age of 70, when she gave birth to a daughter in 2008. In 2013, the World Health Organization estimated the life expectancy for a woman in India to be 68 years old.

During in vitro fertilization, or IVF, sperm meets egg in a petri dish rather than a fallopian tube. The advent of this technology, coupled with donor eggs, opened up pregnancy to women who had gone through menopause; one early study of women between 50 and 63 indicated that the likelihood of getting pregnant through IVF, as well as the rate of miscarriages, was on par with that of women in their twenties — though the researchers reported a higher chance of complications among older women. Births among women aged 50 to 54 tripled between 2000 and 2013, the AARP reported in 2015, increasing from 255 births to 677 births over 13 years. There is no formal age cutoff in the United States for IVF, though fertility clinics are likely to decline women older than 55. In India, one guideline recommends that couples whose combined age is over 100 should not receive IVF.

Bina Vasan, a former president of the Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction, noted that Kaur and Singh have a combined age of 150. This sends the wrong message to society that anyone can give birth to a child at any age. There might be any comments or protest on this, but certainly reproduction is a fundamental right. The sufferer is baby in the long run, in such  conditions if parents pass away or meet some chronic ailment the child would have very disturbed life, either they have to depend on relatives or have no good future, with no fault of child. To some medical experts, a late-in-life pregnancy is not a question of medical possibility but unclear ramifications. Someone has to look out for the best interests of children.

The finding comes weeks after leading scientists reported children born to men over the age of 45, run a higher risk of having autism and psychiatric disorders. Older fathers have uglier children, researchers have claimed after linking age to genetic mutations. With age, sperm-producing cells do not copy a man’s DNA as effectively, leading to genetic mutations. Old age mother’s have lack of understanding for child’s needs, over pampering the child to lead growing toddler as a trouble maker for future. Children need care and also understanding while they grow, at such tender age if they don’t receive proper reciprocation then their life will be in trauma. Anyway, I am not giving any health or child development tips, but a concern for such kids who are born to over age parents. Let’s see, how society accepts them in coming future.

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Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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