A 60-year-old Chinese woman gave birth to twins after doctors agreed to give her IVF treatments to up her chances of becoming pregnant. The woman had lost her only child and she wanted another child so she wouldn’t be lonely, according to Channel News Asia on Dec. 24. She is the oldest woman to give birth in China.
China has that one-only child law and unfortunately approximately one million families nationwide have lost their only offspring. This leaves many parents in the same spot without children under this strict and sometimes “brutally” enforced law. Why the doctors agreed to give the IVF treatments to this woman at her age is unknown, as usually the medical community won’t do this on someone this woman’s age.
Sheng Hailin claims she had the babies:
"To survive and free myself of the loneliness, I decided to have another child in my old age.”
Some people might call this being selfish considering the twins will be teens when she is close to 80. She is a retired medical worker who went back to work after the birth of her twin girls to make the money needed for the babysitters she employs to help care for the twins.
These care givers do things like bath the babies, which is something this new mother is not able to do for the children herself. This is bizarre because it sounds as if the woman who just gave birth can’t care for the kids the way a mom should. Why would doctors agree to do these treatments?
The oldest woman on record to ever give birth was a 66-year-old from Spain, who was just a few days shy of her 67th birthday the day she went into labor. She had twin boys and died three years later.