Lina Alvarez had her second child through IVF treatment at the age of 52, but "I always wanted to be a mother again." Last Monday, her wish came true when the 62-year-old doctor gave birth to a baby girl weighing 5.2 pounds via Caeserean section at a hospital in Madrid, reports the Telegraph. Named after her mother, baby Lina now joins brothers Samuel, 10, and Exiquio, 28. "I'm the happiest person on the planet, everything went perfectly," says Alvarez, who gave birth two weeks early after she was admitted to the hospital with high blood pressure, per the Independent. As she left the hospital on Tuesday, she said she "couldn't be better" and feels "phenomenal."
"The pregnancy has made me younger and stronger," she added, though she said she was "looking forward to resting for at least a couple of days." Alvarez initially had trouble finding a clinic that would give her IVF treatment as "most medical experts said 'no.'" That was the same general reaction from residents of her hometown of Galicia, where some are now calling for limits to how late in life a woman can carry a child. But "my eldest son's smile since Lina was born is worth much more than all the criticism I might get for this," says Alvarez. "When [Lina] is 30, I'll be 90. She'll have been raised and life expectancy for women is growing all the time." (Meet one of the world's oldest new moms.)