An 63-year-old Australian woman has become the oldest new mother, with the help of IVF.
The Tasmanian woman gave birth to her first daughter on August 1 at Frances Perry House private hospital in Melbourne.
After several failed IVF attempts, the woman was able to conceive with the help of a donor embryo, 7 News reports.
The baby was born premature and was delivered by cesarean section. Both are said to be healthy.
While the mother and her 78-year-old husband are over the moon, not everyone is happy for them.
The Daily Telegraph reports, Monash University professor Gab Kovacs said IVF clinics usually refuse treatment to women over the age of 53, any older is ‘irresponsible’.
‘I think getting people of that age pregnant is irresponsible,' Kovacs said.
‘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 previous record for the oldest new Aussie mum was set in 2010 by a women who was 60 years old.