The fitness of mother and child

The Times of India | 9 December 2008

70-year-old woman in India gives birth to a baby conceived through IVF technique

Should we be pushing the limits of the possible only because we have sufficiently advanced technology to do so? A 70-year-old woman in Haryana, Rajo Devi, gave birth to a baby after she and her husband childless after 55 years of marriage opted for in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Although the technique is used to facilitate conception in childless couples who suffer either partial or complete infertility, IVF has also been used in India and other countries to enable post-menopausal women in their 50s and 60s to conceive and deliver babies, though this is more the exception than the rule. However the new parents in rural Haryana are well into the 70s, and their deliberate decision to conceive and carry to term a baby in their twilight years raises several questions.

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