Doctors criticise Australia’s oldest mum as ‘irresponsible’, ‘wrong’
News that a 62-year-old woman has become Australia’s oldest mum after giving birth to a daughter following IVF treatment has been criticised by some of Australia’s leading doctors.
The Tasmanian woman, who hasn’t been named, was implanted with a donor embryo in an overseas facility after undergoing several years of failed IVF procedures.
According to the Seven Network, the woman and her 78-year-old partner welcomed the arrival of the baby at Frances Perry House Private Hospital in Melbourne on Monday. It was previously reported that the woman was 63.
The baby was born at 34 weeks via a caesarean and is understood to be progressing well.
AMA President Dr Michael Gannon, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, condemned the birth on Twitter.
“This is a rights issue. Consider rights of the child, society, taxpayer. Madness. Not designed to have kids in 60s’,” he wrote in reference to a News Corp article about the topic.
The move was also criticised by IVF expert Gab Kovacs in News Corp newspapers.
“I think getting people of that age pregnant is irresponsible,” he said. “Our bodies weren’t designed to have children in our 60s. I don’t think any responsible IVF unit in Australia would treat someone of that age, and it’s not a standard of medicine I would condone.”
Most IVF clinics refused treatment once a woman turned 53, which is the “end of natural pregnancy”.
The previous record was held by a woman who had her first child at 60 in 2010. The oldest mother in the world was a 66 Romanian woman who gave birth in 2005.