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Taiwanese woman gives birth via natural delivery at age 62

2018/03/07 14:25:06

Taipei, March 7 (CNA) A 62-year-old woman has given birth naturally without the need for a Caesarean (c-section) and set a record in the process.

With the help of artificial insemination, the woman, surnamed Wu (吳), was able to get pregnant again after having delivered her first child, a daughter, 36 years ago, said Hsiao Sheng-wen (蕭勝文), head of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital's Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.

She delivered her baby at the end of February, tying the record for the oldest woman ever to give birth in Taiwan, according to records kept by National Taiwan University Hospital.

At a press conference to announce the news, Hsiao said that Wu and her husband decided to have another baby after she retired and had more free time on her hands.

Wu herself said she never thought her age would be a problem and made sure to exercise and eat well before going into labor.

While both the mother and the newborn are in healthy, stable condition, the pregnancy was not without its risks or complications.

According to Hsiao, Wu developed gestational hypertension and diabetes around her 29th week of pregnancy, as well as a group B strep infection.

The decision to ultimately go with a normal delivery instead of a c-section was based on results from the last checkup during the 38th week, which showed that the position of the placenta made such a delivery possible, Hsiao said.

Even as Chang Gung Memorial Hospital celebrated the news, it warned of the increased risks associated with geriatric pregnancies, defined as those involving women over the age of 35, including premature birth, stillbirth, and chromosomal defects in the baby.

The risks of these complications are increased by up to 200 percent in geriatric pregnancies compared with babies delivered by women under the age of 35, according to Chang Gung's Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.

It is also very likely that women over 35 will require a c-section when giving birth, which is what makes Wu's case so remarkable, the department said.

(By Chang Ming-hsiao and Kuan-lin Liu)