An elderly couple has become parents for the first time—and in a controversial way.
Last month, Daljinder Kaur, 72, gave birth to a healthy boy, after undergoing IVF at the National Fertility Centre in India, where unregulated treatments are offered to women who are decades past menopause. The birth has caused an uproar around the world, especially in India, where lawmakers are calling for regulations that would ban women older than 50 from undergoing treatments in order to conceive.
But Daljinder and her husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, don't think this is such a big deal. The couple had been trying for years and years to have a baby. It wasn't until they heard about the controversial clinic that they could make it a reality. Kaur underwent three rounds of in vitro fertilization, using anonymous donor eggs. She gave birth by C-section on April 19.
Of course, a lot of people thought they were crazy for trying to conceive. She told reporters they were constantly told to adopt. "I never wanted to. Now I have my own child,” the Telegraph reported Kaur saying.
While the new parents are the world's oldest, they're not the first in India to hold the title. Dr. Anurag Bishnoi’s clinic treated Rajo Devi, who gave birth at around 70 years old to a baby girl back in 2006. A couple of years later, Bhateri Devi became the mother of triplets at 66.
India isn't the only country where women who look more like grannies hope to get pregnant. Also in 2006, Barcelona mom Maria del Carmen Bousada Lara gave birth to twin boys at the age of 66.
According to the Telegraph, Kaur's treatments cost approximately $1,400, around half of what IVF costs women in the U.K.—and, basically, small change found in the couch cushions compared to what it would cost women in the U.S.
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The clinic and Dr. Bishnoi's envelope-pushing standards may not be around for much longer. Proposed regulations are expected to be adopted by the end of this year, ending the controversial practice and perhaps even resulting in the closure of the clinic.
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