Se­nior mom

Doc­tor re­veals mother, child healthy af­ter de­liv­ery room pho­tos go vi­ral

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By HAN JUNHONG in Changchun and ZHAO XINYING in Bei­jing

Woman, 64, may be old­est in China to give birth.

A 64-year-old woman in Jilin prov­ince is be­lieved to have be­come the old­est in China to give birth on Wed­nes­day.

The un­named mother de­liv­ered a boy weigh­ing 3.7 kilo­grams through ce­sarean sec­tion at the No 2 Hos­pi­tal Af­fil­i­ated with Jilin Univer­sity.

Pho­tos up­loaded to so­cial me­dia on Wed­nes­day showed the woman in a de­liv­ery room and a nurse hold­ing a new­born. They quickly went vi­ral.

The woman and her hus­band de­clined to be in­ter­viewed, but peo­ple close to the fam­ily said the cou­ple had de­cided to have the baby af­ter los­ing their first child.

Teng Hong, a doc­tor who helped with the de­liv­ery, said the mother went through menopause about a decade ago. She was able to con­ceive af­ter un­der­go­ing in vitro fer- tiliza­tion over­seas.

Due to her age, the woman faced a lot of health risks dur­ing preg­nancy, in­clud­ing ges­ta­tional di­a­betes and in­ter­nal bleed­ing, Teng said.

“But she’s very strong. She re­ceived treat­ment with an op­ti­mistic at­ti­tude and over­came all the dif­fi­cul­ties to gave birth.”

She said the baby is in good con­di­tion. As the woman is no longer able to lac­tate, the child is be­ing fed baby for­mula.

“We’re keep­ing a close eye on the mother be­cause women of this age can en­counter car­diac fail­ure and un­con­trol­lable bleed­ing dur­ing or af­ter a C-sec­tion, which are very dan­ger­ous,” Teng said. “For­tu­nately, her phys­i­cal and men­tal state has been very good so far.”

In re­cent years, China has seen sev­eral cases of older moth­ers hav­ing chil­dren. Although there is no of­fi­cial data, in­clud­ing who is the old­est, anec­do­tal ev­i­dence sug­gests most of the women had lost their only child.

Teng said she had a pa­tient who gave birth two years ago at age 53 af­ter los­ing a child, while in July, a 61-year-old gave birth af­ter her only daugh­ter died of dis­ease at 30.

It is a risky de­ci­sion to have a child so late, but also a brave and un­der­stand­able one, the doc­tor said.

“The suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery on Wed­nes­day will bring hope to oth­ers like her, let­ting them know that they can also have ba­bies and find hap­pi­ness again with the help of as­sisted re­pro­duc­tive tech­nol­ogy,” Teng said.

The suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery on Wed­nes­day will bring hope to oth­ers like her, let­ting them know that they can also have ba­bies.” Teng Hong, doc­tor at the No 2 Hos­pi­tal Af­fil­i­ated with Jilin Univer­sity

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