An Indian woman has given birth to her first child at the age of 72 after undergoing fertility treatment at a controversial IVF clinic.
Daljinder Kaur gave birth to a healthy boy last month at the National Fertility Centre in Haryana state, which offers fertility treatment to women who are decades beyond their menopause.
Although her exact date of birth is unclear, Mrs Kaur told doctors she was around seven years younger than her husband Mohinder Singh Gill, who is 79. If correct, that would make her the world’s oldest mother.
The current, verified record is held by Maria del Carmen Bousada Lara, who was 66 when she gave birth to twin boys in Barcelona in 2006.
“Every one asked me to adopt a baby but I never wanted to. Now I have my own child,” said Mrs Kaur.
“We will raise him and give him a proper education. I had faith in Almighty that I will have my own baby, and Waheguru answered my prayers,”
The pair from Amritsar in Punjab state have been married but childless for 46 years, and decided to try IVF after seeing an advertisement for the clinic in neighbouring Haryana in a newspaper.
Mrs Kaur underwent three rounds of in-vitro fertilisation treatment using anonymous donor eggs. She gave birth by caesarian section on April 19.
Post-menopausal births are increasingly common in India, where couples – and in particular women – are often under intense social pressure to have children, and IVF treatment is cheap and largely unregulated.
The full cost for a cycle of fertility treatment can be as low as 100,000 rupees.
Dr Anurag Bishnoi’s clinic in particular has created headlines in recent years over the age of his patients.