70-year-old woman becomes first-time mum after welcoming baby boy
"This is one of the rarest cases I have ever seen."
A 70-year-old woman has become one of the world's oldest first-time mothers after welcoming her first child this month.
Jivunben Rabari and her husband Maldhari, 75, have been married for 45 years and wanted to expand their family for some time.
The couple, from a village called Mora in Gujarat, India, tried for a baby for several years but only just welcomed their baby son through IVF.
Though Jivunben said she doesn't have ID proof of her age, she told local media that she's 70 years old.
Indian woman ‘has her first child at 70’ to become one of the world’s oldest new mothers after she and husband, 75, conceive son through IVF
Jivunben Rabari, who claims to be 70, gave birth to a first son earlier this month pic.twitter.com/5daGh8qbZq
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The couple were initially met with doubts when they went to see fertility specialists in the hope of finally expanding their family.
"When they first came to us, we told them that they couldn't have a child at such an old age, but they insisted," one of the couple's doctors, Dr Naresh Bhanushali, said.
"They said that many of their family members did it as well. This is one of the rarest cases I have ever seen."
The oldest woman in the world to give birth is believed to also hail from India.
Mangayamma Yaramati was 74 years old when she and her 82-year-old husband Raja welcomed twins through IVF in September 2019.
Raja died of a heart attack in October 2020, meaning he only had a year with their daughters.