Erramatti Mangayamma, a 74-year-old woman from India, has become the oldest mother ever after giving birth to twins last week. The remarkable feat was made possible through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and has reignited debate over geriatric pregnancies.
Mangayamma, who lives in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, India, had been married for 57 years but was unable to conceive a child. After hearing about IVF, she and her husband, Sitarama Rajarao, decided to pursue the procedure.
The couple underwent IVF at the Ahalya IVF Clinic in Guntur and Mangayamma became pregnant with twins. On September 5, 2019, she gave birth to two healthy baby girls.
Mangayamma’s doctors said she is the oldest woman ever to give birth. The previous record was held by a Spanish woman who gave birth at the age of 73.
The news of Mangayamma’s pregnancy and birth has reignited debate over geriatric pregnancies. While IVF has made it possible for older women to become pregnant, some experts have raised concerns about the risks associated with pregnancy at an advanced age.
The risks include a higher risk of miscarriage, preterm labor, and complications during delivery. There is also a greater risk of genetic abnormalities in the babies.
Despite the risks, many women in their late 40s and 50s are opting for IVF in order to become pregnant. While it is a personal decision, experts recommend that women consider the risks carefully before pursuing geriatric pregnancies.
Mangayamma’s story is an inspiring one, and her twins are a testament to the power of modern medicine. Her remarkable feat has given hope to many women who have been unable to conceive naturally.