Chinese Woman, 67, Could Be Country's Oldest Woman To Give Birth Naturally
A 67-year-old woman from China has reportedly become the country's oldest new mother after giving birth to a healthy baby girl.
The woman, identified only by her surname Tian, gave birth on Friday at Zaozhuang Maternity and Child Health Hospital, where she had worked as a doctor before retiring.
According to local media reports, she gave birth by cesarean section to a 2.56 kilogram baby girl.
"We were quite lucky, given that the mother was at an advanced maternal age and had a variety of complications," Liu Wencheng, the physician in charge of the delivery, told state-run broadcaster CCTV.
"During the cesarean section, we found that Tian's ovaries were just like the ones of a 40-year-old woman. They hadn't shrunk like a 60-year-old's ovaries would have, which might explain how she got pregnant naturally."
Tian's husband, a 68-year-old surnamed Huang, said the couple did not plan to have a baby but that she was a blessing nonetheless.
He told Qilu Evening News his new daughter was named Tianci, which means "gift sent from heaven".
Tianci is the couple's third child.
Between their grown son and daughter, they also have several grandchildren, the eldest of which turned 18 this year.
Tian said their two older children objected to their parents having another baby.
"My daughter even said that if I gave birth to this little baby, she would sever all ties to us," she told CCTV.
According to the China Daily, Tian may now be the oldest women to have a new baby in the country.
The previous record was reportedly held by a woman from east China's Jilin province, who gave birth to a boy in 2016 at the age of 64.