HEALTH

62-year-old Spanish woman gives birth to her third child

Noah Benton Markham is held by his father Glen Markham just after the birth at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, La., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. Rebekah Markham was pregnant with an embryo that was rescued from a hospital in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Noah Benton Markham is held by his father Glen Markham just after the birth at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, La., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. Rebekah Markham was pregnant with an embryo that was rescued from a hospital in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A 62-year-old Spanish woman just gave to birth to her third child – a healthy baby girl.

A doctor in the northwestern town of Lugo, Lina Alvarez, is a mom again at an age when more people are thinking of retirement rather than diapers. She gave birth to a daughter – also named Lina – via C-section after her blood pressure shot up.

“I’m the happiest person on the planet. Everything went perfectly,” Alvarez said, according to the Sun.

Her daughter was born at Lucas Augusti Hospital two weeks early and weighing  5 lbs., 3 oz.

“I’m looking forward to resting for at least a couple of days now, so I can enjoy time with my daughter and recover,” Alvarez said. “My emotions have got the better of me, and I’ve been crying a lot out of happiness.”

Alvarez has two other children – 28-year-old Exiquio and 10-year-old Samuel – and, when she announced publicly that she was eight months pregnant, she received a great deal of criticism amid calls for a law limiting the age at which women can obtain fertility treatment.

Her son Samuel was conceived via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) when Alvarez was 52 – 10 years after she went through menopause. When trying to get pregnant for the third time, she had to travel to Madrid to see a gynecologist because many clinics in Lugo refused to take her case.

“I always wanted to be a mother again, but most medical experts said ‘no.’” she told the Sun. “Then some years ago, I met a gynecologist who agreed to help me if the tests were OK. They were positive, and so he helped me implant an embryo.”

“They said there was only a 6 percent chance of success, but I got pregnant with a baby girl. I feel like I’m having a second chance, and the pregnancy has made me younger and stronger.”

She also brushed off criticism that she was too old to take care of a newborn.

“When she is 30, I’ll be 90. She’ll be grown up, and life expectancy for women is growing all the time,” she said, according to the Independent.

Alvarez is far from the oldest woman ever to have a child. That record is held by Daljinder Kaur from India, who gave birth last year at the age of 70 after two years of IVF treatment.

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