A 74 year old woman has given birth to twin girls in Andhra Pradesh, reviving several controversies around geriatric pregnancies. She has broken the record of being the oldest women to give birth.
The doctor who delivered the babies, Sankkayala Uma Shankar, said on Friday that the mother, Mangayamma Yaramati, provided a birth certificate showing that she is 74, though some news outlets have reported that she is 73.
The woman, who married her husband, 80-year-old E Raja Rao in March 1962, always wanted to have children but they weren’t able to. Their hopes were raised last year when one of their neighbours recently conceived and delivered a baby through artificial insemination, at the age of 55 years.
They reached out to doctors at the private hospital, where she gave birth on Thursday morning. The woman went through the IVF procedure and conceived in January this year.
Given her age, the to-be mother was kept in the hospital under the constant care of specialist doctors.
She remained healthy as she did not have diabetes or blood pressure. Since she is 74-year-old, doctors had to perform Caesarean section to deliver the babies.
As the woman had already crossed menopause, the doctors had to obtain eggs from a donor and fertilise them with sperm from her husband,
The twins were conceived through in vitro fertilization. Because Yaramati had experienced menopause, a donor’s egg was fertilized with Rajarao’s sperm before it was implanted in the new mother, doctors said.
But this has raised a debate among the public and many medical personnel are standing against such late pregnancy which might put the future of the kids at risk. Several ethicists has raised concerns arguing that giving birth at such a late age is irresponsible.
Experts say that delivering a child is one thing, but raising a child is other, and the most crucial task after that. The ideal age for delivering a baby is 20 to 24. But, at the age of 74, it is difficult to raise a child. Experts say that it is for such cases, doctors should use self-regulation.