Australia's Oldest Mum Branded 'IRRESPONSIBLE'
A reproduction specialist has told the Herald Sun that IVF treatment of women older than 53 is ‘irresponsible’ after a 63-year-old gave birth in Melbourne.
The Tasmanian is now Australia’s oldest mum after having her first child, a daughter, at Frances Perry House private hospital in Parkville on August 1, according to reports.
Monash University Professor Gab Kovacs said ‘responsible’ IVF clinics refused treatment of women over the age of 53, which is the ‘end of natural pregnancy’.
“I think getting people of that age pregnant is irresponsible,” he said of the Tasmanian woman.
“That child will need looking after for 20 years, and there’s a possibility she won’t be able to do that.
“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”.
The woman gave birth at 34 weeks through a caesarian operation and was supported by her 78-year-old partner.
Seven News reported that the woman had years of failed IVF procedures and gave birth thanks to a donor embryo, which came from overseas.
The mum is still currently at Frances Perry House with her baby, and they will head back to Tasmania when they are strong enough.