A woman from Tasmania has become Australia’s oldest first-time mother at the age 63.
She gave birth to a baby girl at 34 weeks through a caesarean operation in Melbourne on 1 August.
After years of failed IVF procedures, the new mother, whose partner is 78, conceived using a donated embryo.
The publicly unnamed mother and daughter are reported to be doing okay.
Prior to this, the previous Australian record was held by a woman who gave birth to her first child at 60 in 2010.
In 2005, a Romanian woman by the name of Adriana Iliescue set the record as the world’s oldest mother when she gave birth at the age of 66.
An Australian reproduction specialist said “responsible” IVF clinics refused treatment to women over the age of 53, which he described as the “end of natural pregnancy”.
“That child will need looking after for 20 years, and there’s a possibility she won’t be able to do that,” Monash University professor Gab Kovacs told the Herald Sun newspaper.
“Our bodies are not designed to have children in our 60s.”