71-Year-Old New Mom Wants to Go for No. 2

After decades of trying for child, couple heard about IVF
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2009 10:50 AM CST

(Newser) – At 70, after 4 decades of trying, Indian Rajo Devi Lohan had her first child last year, making her the world’s oldest known mother. Now, she tells the Guardian she’s “strong”—and wants a brother for daughter Naveen. But she and her husband sold 2 buffaloes and mortgaged their crops for the first round of in-vitro fertilization; finding a doctor who wouldn’t balk at her age was the easy part.

Unlike their counterparts in Britain, the BBC adds, Indian doctors do not need to consider a mother’s age, only her physique, in approving treatment. There are no restrictions on the number of eggs that can be implanted; in fact, 30 years after IVF arrived in India, not a single law governs it.