A 67-year-old Chinese woman has just given birth and claims to be the oldest woman to conceive naturally.
The woman, surnamed Tian, gave birth to a healthy baby girl, named Tianci (meaning ‘gift from heaven’), by Caesarean section last week at Zaozhuang city’s Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital.
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Tian’s 68-year-old husband, surnamed Huang, told reporters, “The child was bestowed on the two of us by heaven.”
Tian claims to be the oldest woman to give birth after conceiving naturally. Currently, the oldest woman to give birth after conceiving naturally was 58. According to The Daily Mail, though, the hospital could not confirm that Tian conceived the baby naturally since she was already pregnant by the time they took her as a patient.
Tian went to the hospital to get a check-up and discovered she was pregnant. The world’s oldest mother is 74-year-old Erramatti Mangayamma from India. She gave birth to twins this year after getting IVF treatment.
Tian and her husband already have two children. Their son was born in 1977 before China the one-child policy went into effect.
In China, the birth announcement led to some negative commentary, including “the parents are too selfish. At their advanced age they have no ability to take care of a kid” and “poor child, she’s going to start taking care of her elderly parents by the time she’s 20.”
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