Pregnancy can be daunting for any mother, but when a more advanced age comes into the equation things are definitely made more complicated. With increased health risks, disapproving family and friends, and the issue of actually being able to conceive, having a baby later in life is no small challenge. Then there’s the question of ethics, there are many people who question if it is morally right to bring a child into a world that you will not be part of for much longer.
#1. Rajo Devi Lohan
Rajo Devi Lohan set a new record for the world’s oldest mother when she gave birth to her daughter Naveen in the remote village of Hissar, India, in 2008. She was 69 when she became a mother for the first time following IVF treatment, and as a result of her advanced age she nearly died from complications after the delivery.
#2. Daljinder Kaur
When Daljinder Kaur gave birth to a baby boy in India 2016, she became the world’s oldest mother. Although she is not sure of her exact date of birth, she told doctors she was around seven years younger than her husband, who was 79 at the time. The couple had been married for 46 years, but were unable to conceive naturally during that time.
#3. Omkari Panwar
Omari Panwar already had two daughters when she decided to pursue IVF in her late 60s. Despite having five grandchildren, she and her husband were desperate for a son to take over the family property. Their wish became a reality in 2008 when, at the age of 70, Omari gave birth to twins; a boy and a girl weighing in at just 2 lbs each. The couple had used their life savings and also took out a bank loan in order to have IVF treatment.
#4. Adriana Iliescu
When 66-year-old Adriana Iliescu became pregnant in 2005, her decision to have a child was branded ‘grotesque’, ‘horrifying’ and the ‘ultimate act of selfishness’ by religious and ethical groups. The Romanian university lecturer had been unable to conceive naturally and had been undergoing fertility treatment for nine years before she finally became pregnant with triplets.
#5. Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara
Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara was the world’s oldest mother when she gave birth to twin boys in 2006, at the age of 66. The shop assistant had travelled from Spain to the US to undergo IVF, later admitting that she had lied about her age in order to be eligible for the $35,000 treatment. She had also not informed her family of her decision to undergo the procedure, which was controversial due to her age.