A New Hampshire teacher is now one of the oldest women in America to give birth. Barbara Higgins, 57, welcomed a baby boy on March 20.
“We’ve beaten the odds,” her husband Kenny Banzhoff suggested NBC10 in Boston. “I’m so proud of her, she’s been a trooper through the whole thing.”
In 2016, the couple tragically misplaced their 13-year-old daughter Molly to an undiagnosed thoughts tumor. After her demise, Banzhoff and Higgins decided to have a third little one.
“I started having these dreams that I wanted to have a child, and I thought, ‘OK, Barb, that’s a little crazy,’” she said.
After lots of trying, the pair found an in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic in Boston that may take care of a woman in her 50s.
“Jack is here, he’s a little boy on the planet, and he gets to live a life,” Higgins outlined. “Nobody gives birth to a baby and knows with any certainty that they will be alive to see that baby grow up.”
She continued, “I don’t know how I will be in 10 years, but how will you be in 10 years? And why should Jack not get to be alive because I’m old?”
Higgins added that her third being pregnant was easy and breezy, thanks to her good genes and healthful approach to life. She stayed vigorous, did CrossFit, and lifted weights until the day she gave birth.
Higgins and her husband used IVF to conceive their miracle little one. IVF makes use of a woman’s eggs — whether or not or not they be her private or donors — and are fertilized in a lab by sperm. An embryo is then implanted properly right into a uterus.
A lady’s egg prime quality and quantity go south most significantly in the mid-30s to early 40s, in accordance to the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago, which notes that only a few women older than 44 are nonetheless fertile. By the time they attain menopause, around age 51 on widespread, they may no longer conceive naturally.
The oldest mother that was reported by Guinness World Records to ship a toddler after conceiving naturally was 59. In 2019, a 74-year-old girl from southern India had twin women by the approach of IVF and is reportedly the oldest girl ever to give birth, in accordance to USA Today.