Woman becomes mother at age 70, sets record

The Flag of India is a horizontal tricolor with the 24-spoke Ashoka Chakra wheel in the middle

The Flag of India is a horizontal tricolor with the 24-spoke Ashoka Chakra wheel in the middle

Rajo Devi of Alewa, India has become the oldest woman ever to give birth, as reported by Slate. She is 70 years old; the father, her husband, is 72.

Obviously, she is two decades past menopause and incapable of having children normally.  However, there are fertility treatments now by which a woman can have a child at virtually any age.  But just because we can do a thing does not mean that we must do that thing.  Or even that we should.  Rajo Devi and her husban will be octogenarians by the time the kid is 10.  I’m not sure what the age of majority is in India, but the mom will be 88 when the kid is 18.  How is this a good idea?

The desire to be parents is natural and understandable.  But if you can’t have children naturally, as Rajo Devi and her husband couldn’t, why not adopt?  There are surely enough orphans in the world (a lack of them would be a problem worth having). Why create a new child who will be deprived of parents while still young?  I think that maybe we should think a little bit more about this whole old people having babies after drastic medical intervention thing.

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1 comment so far

  1. Maria on

    You’re right in saying just because we can do a thing doesn’t mean we must do it. DON’T DO IT! Oh, they already did. You didn’t say if she had other children or was this her first child? If it is her first why didn’t she do this years ago? It is difficult enough in this day and age to raise children, now add to that the parents are senior citizens. They qualify for an AARP card.
    It also seems selfish. This child will most likely lose their parents and need to be raised by others. Hopefully all this has been consider and planned. Better her than me.


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