A 67-year-old woman reportedly gave birth in China with her and her partner, claiming to be the oldest couple in the country to naturally conceive a baby.
The retiree, nicknamed Tian, delivered a healthy girl by caesarean section on Friday, confirmed the maternity and child health care hospital in the city of Zaozhuang today.
& # 39; The child was given to us by heaven & # 39 ;, Tian's 68-year-old husband, named Huang, told the guancha.cn Chinese news site.
If Tian's claim is true, she could be the oldest woman in the world to free a child after a natural pregnancy, beating the last record holder for nearly 10 years.
An obstetrician hands over to Huang, 68, his newborn daughter at the maternity and child health hospital in Zaozhuang, China. Huang's wife claims that she was conceived naturally at the age of 67
Tian is seen pushed out of the operating room after the birth of a 5.6-pound healthy girl on Friday. She may well be the world's oldest natural mother if her claim turns out to be true
Tian & # 39; s daughter reportedly weighed 2,560 grams (5.6 pounds) at birth.
Tian told Jinan Times that she only discovered she was pregnant when she went to the hospital for a health check and told the newspaper: & # 39; I didn't want it initially. & # 39;
The hospital said it could not confirm that Tian was naturally pregnant because she was already pregnant when she took her as a patient.
The Global Times reported that the new girl & # 39; Tianci & # 39; was called, what & # 39; gift from heaven & # 39; means.
Huang (right) checks his wife Tian after she has delivered their third child at the age of 67
Huang, a proud father, holds a birth certificate for the commemoration in the hands of the hospital
The Chinese newspaper Jinan Times said that Tian already had two children, including a son born in 1977, two years before China imposed a policy for one child to control the fast-growing population.
Currently, & # 39; the world's oldest natural mother is retired civil servant Dawn Brooke from Guernsey, who became pregnant at the age of 58. She was initially afraid that her pains, cravings, and exhaustion were signs of cancer. Mrs. Brooke gave birth to a son by C-section in 1997.
The oldest mother in the world is supposed to be the 74-year-old Erramatti Mangayamma from India, who had twins last month after having undergone an IVF.
Dawn Brooke (photo), from Guernsey, is currently & # 39; the world's oldest woman who gave birth after a natural pregnancy at the age of 58. She delivered her son through a C-section
Erramatti Mangayamma from India is said to have given birth to two healthy baby girls on 5 September. She is seen with her 57-year-old husband, Raja Rao, 82, in the photo above
The babies & # 39; s (pictured on September 5 at the Ahalya IVF clinic in the city of Guntur in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh) were conceived during the 74-year-old Mangayamma & # 39; s first round of IVF
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF A LATE PREGNANCY?
- Greater difficulty initially conceiving a child, with the personal and psychological problems that this can cause.
- Increased risk of complications for both mother and child during pregnancy and childbirth (although the actual extent of the risk may be small).
- Greater risk of general maternal health problems, such as high blood pressure, that can contribute to complications.
- Higher risk of miscarriage in women older than 35 years.
- Higher risk of twins or triplets, which is itself associated with a higher risk of complications.
- Increased risk of a baby with a birth defect, such as Down's syndrome.
- Increased risk of pre-eclampsia.
- Increased risk of complications during labor, such as long-term labor, need for assisted birth or caesarean section, or stillbirth.
According to new figures, the number of women who are older than 40 years is almost double that of 20 years ago.
Nearly 29,000 middle-aged women in England and Wales had children in 2017. The figure, on the other hand, was only 14,739 in 1997.
Figures generally show a decrease in the number of pregnancies – but older women are the only age group that goes against the trend.
Reports about the birth in China criticize the Twitter-like platform Weibo of the country.
& # 39; The parents are too selfish, & # 39; wrote a person. & # 39; At their old age they cannot take care of a child, and the pressure will be on the older siblings. & # 39;
"Poor child, she will start taking care of her elderly parents by the time she is 20," another wrote.
Others wondered if Tian and Huang would be punished because they had more than the current allowance for two children.
In 2016, Beijing eased the policy for one child, allowing families to have two.
While the age of Tian makes her an outlier, women in China are increasingly postponing childbirth or choosing not to have children after decades of strict family planning policies that have made small families the norm.
The number of women with children increases fastest among people over 40, while the number of teenagers and women in their twenties falls (source: Office for National Statistics)
The age at which the average Chinese woman has her first child has risen from 24.3 years in 2006 to 26.9 years in 2016, according to a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit this year.
Although the policy for two children has had a smaller effect on the number of births in China than expected, it has encouraged more older women to consider second children.
About 51 percent of newborns in 2017 were second children, compared to around 40 percent in 2016, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit report.
Why did China have a policy for one child?
For almost 40 years each Chinese couple was only allowed one baby because of the strict policy for one child in the country (photo of the file)
In the 1950s, Mao Zedong, the first president of the People's Republic of China, believed in the expression & # 39; there is power in numbers & # 39 ;.
The leader encouraged post-war Chinese women to give birth as much as possible. He gave those with more than five children the shining title of a & # 39; glorious mother & # 39 ;.
As a result, approximately between 1950 and 1960 200 million people were born in China, more than a third of the country's population in the founding year 1949 (542 million).
To control the fast-growing population, the China State Council in 1973 unveiled a family planning directive encouraging couples to have a maximum of two children, with a gap of four years.
A decade later a compulsory policy for one child was launched to keep the Chinese population below 1.2 billion at the end of the 20th century.
Controversial policy was strictly enforced in urban areas.
If a woman was pregnant with her second child, she would be asked to break it down.
If the couple decided to keep it, a fine would be imposed – usually three times the annual income of the family.
Selective demographics in the country, such as rural residents and minority groups, were not subject to policy.
On January 1, 2014, the Chinese authorities have a so-called & # 39; selective policy for two children & # 39; launched, allowing couples to have a second baby as long as one of them is one child.
China has officially started the so-called & # 39; universal policy for two children & # 39; on January 1, 2016.
Chinese family planning authorities predict that between 2016 and 2021 an additional three million babies will be born each year as a result of the policy shift.
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