GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - They tried for nearly 40 years to have a child -- and at the age of 59, they decided to give it one more shot.
Isaiah Anim and his wife Akosua Amoako of Albany, New York went through in vitro fertilization after hearing about a 60-year-old woman from their homeland in Ghana giving birth.
Their healthy baby boy was born using Akosua's husband's sperm and a donor egg.
Dr. Robyn Hubbard with Grand Rapids Women's Health talked about whether or having a baby this late in life has any risks.
“There’s a period of time when we are in reproductive age and that’s usually until menopause which the average age is 52 in our country," Hubbard explained. "So, I’m guessing she may have been menopausal. They used a younger woman’s egg and because even if they’re still there, they usually aren’t healthy enough to be able to create a baby and so with in vitro they were able to put it in.
"We still have uteruses and it’s a great house for a baby and can still grow even in a women that’s 59 and I’m guessing that she had to take some artificial hormones to help her ovaries support the pregnancy until the placenta took over.”
Baby Isaiah and his mother are both healthy and doing well.
In case you were wondering, the oldest woman to give birth was a Spanish woman who was 66 years and 358 days old. She had twins which were also born using in vitro.
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