In the western world, most women are looking to to have all their babies by either their mid 30’s to early 40’s, but in India- it looks like there is no limit in when a woman will have her baby. A 73 years old woman, Erramatti Mangayamma had her first baby or we should say babies as she had twins. The news is so shocking because of the woman’s age, and at the age of 73 there are already typically complications with health such as just walking up a flight of stairs. But, Managayamma at 73 years old decided to get pregnant.
Mangayamma married since 1962 has never been able to have a baby naturally with her husband, Raja Rao who is 80 years old. A doctor agreed to give Mangayamma one round of In vitro fertilization in 2018 after preliminary test showed promising results. Due to Mangayamma’s age, doctors performed a caesarian section(c-section), and as a precaution the hospital is planning on keeping the 73 years old woman under observation for 21 days. Dr. Sanakayyala Umashankar who begant the process of Mangayamma conceiving her first babies at 73 years old said this after the surgery:
The surgery went well … the mother and the babies are all healthy with no complications
She is very confident now. More confident than ever in her life and she is looking forward to the next chapter of her life with the kids
Despite feeling confident than ever, Mangayamma at the age of 73 will not be allowed to breast feed her babies. The doctor says:
We are not allowing the mother to breastfeed and the babies will be fed through the milk bank
What do you think about a 73 years old woman having a baby? Would you consider doing this ?