67-Year-Old Could Be The Oldest Woman Ever To Conceive A Child Naturally
A 67-year-old woman from China has reportedly given birth to a baby, making her and her husband the oldest people in the country to conceive naturally.
The elderly woman, who goes by the surname Tian, gave birth to a healthy young girl via Caesarean section on Friday. This report was confirmed by the Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital in Zaozhuang.
Tian's husband, who is a 68-year-old man called Huang, told Chinese news agency guancha.cn: "The child was bestowed on the two of us by heaven."
If the claims can be proven to be true - and that's a big if - this would make Tian the oldest woman to conceive naturally, beating the previous record holder by nearly 10 years.
According to reports, the child weighed just 5.6lbs when it was born. That's 2,560 grams or - if you prefer - really not a lot at all.
Tian told Jinan Times that for ages she wasn't aware that she was pregnant. It was only when she went for a general health check that the doctors picked up on it.
Initially, it was a worry to them, but they came around to the idea.
She said: "I didn't want it, initially."
Staff at the hospital where the young girl - who has been named Tianci, which means 'gift from heaven' - was delivered said they couldn't confirm that the baby was conceived naturally because Tian was already pregnant when she arrived as a patient at the facility.
The couple already have two children, one of which was born as far back as 1977. That's important because China introduced a policy whereby couples are only allowed to have one child in an attempt to curb a rapidly expanding population.
Until it can be proven whether this is true, the oldest confirmed natural mother is a retired civil servant from Guernsey.
Dawn Brooke thought that her cravings, aches and tiredness were a sign that she may have cancer. It turned out that she was pregnant at the age of 58. She gave birth in 1997.
The oldest mum out there, however, is by far and away an Indian woman called Erramatti Mangayamma. She gave birth last month after undergoing IVF treatment.
She's 74 years old.
As it happens, the number of women giving birth later on is on the rise. New figures suggest that twice as many women over 40 are giving birth compared to 20 years ago.
There aren't many 67-year-olds, though.
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