'My life feels complete now': 72-year-old woman becomes mother for the first time

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11 May 2016

After decades of trying for a baby, Daljinder Kaur welcomed her firstborn on 19 April – 20 years after reaching menopause.

After decades of trying for a baby, Daljinder Kaur welcomed her firstborn on 19 April - 20 years after reaching menopause.

The 72-year-old, from Amritsar in India, gave birth to a healthy baby boy after undergoing fertility treatment at the National Fertility Centre in Haryana state, a controversial clinic which offers In vitro fertilisation (IVF) to older women, MailOnline reports.

"I felt upset as I was unable to produce a child. After sometime we thought of having a baby, once again," said Singh Gill, Daljinder's 79-year-old husband.

“We thought we should also give it a try as I badly wanted to have a baby of my own,” added Daljinder.

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Daljinder claims that (until now) the childless couple had faced years of ridicule in a country where infertility is sometimes seen as a curse from God.

“God heard our prayers. My life feels complete now. I am looking after the baby all by myself, I feel so full of energy."

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She says her husband is also very helpful and helps her as much as he can with the baby. He is not concerned about what may happen to the child, should they die.

“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,” said Mohinder, a farmer in Amritsar.

Dr Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the fertility clinic, said he was initially sceptical about going ahead with in IVF, but tests showed Daljinder was able to carry the unborn baby. He also says the couple’s unwavering faith that they would conceive probably contributed to their success.

The couple’s own sperm and eggs were used, and on 19 April little Amaan came into the world. Initially only weighing 2 kg, he is now described as a “healthy and hearty”.

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But Daljinder is not the oldest woman in India to give birth to a healthy baby.

In 2008 a 72-year-old woman from the state Uttar Pradesh became the mother of twins, also thanks to IVF treatment.

Omkari Panwar and her husband, Cahran Sign Panwar (77), already had two grown-up daughters and five grandchildren, but desperately wanted a son and heir. After the IVF treatment, a son and a daughter were born.

There is also Rajo Devi (74) who, at the age of 69, gave birth to her daughter, Naveem. Rajo’s biggest wish? To see her daughter married.

Sources: yahoo.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk, afp.com, tribune.com.pk

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