Safina Namukwaya, the 70-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to Twins

In Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Center in Kampala, Uganda, 70-year-old Safina Namukwaya has given birth to twins, making headlines as one of the world’s oldest mothers. Born on November 29 via cesarean section, the boy and girl are products of Namukwaya’s journey through in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, employing donor eggs and her partner’s sperm due to her age.

Namukwaya’s Journey

Namukwaya’s journey to motherhood began with fertility treatment at the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Center. Despite being 70, she successfully carried the twins to 31 weeks, with each baby weighing over 3 pounds at birth. Dr. Edward Tamale Sali, a fertility specialist at the center, emphasized the success of the procedure, highlighting the stability of the prematurely born twins who are currently in incubators.

Safina Namukwaya, a 70-year-old woman in Uganda, gave birth to twins, becoming one of the world's oldest mothers. She delivered a boy and a girl on Nov. 29.
Safina Namukwaya, a 70-year-old woman in Uganda, gave birth to twins, becoming one of the world’s oldest mothers. She delivered a boy and a girl on Nov. 29.

Speaking through an interpreter, Namukwaya expressed her joy, stating, “Some might argue that 70 years is old, but God decided that I get to have twins at 70. There is no one that can put a limit on God’s authority and power.”

DateEvent
2020Safina Namukwaya gives birth to a baby girl at the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Center in Kampala, Uganda, through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
November 29, 2023Safina Namukwaya, aged 70, gives birth to twins (a boy and a girl) at the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Center in Kampala, Uganda, via cesarean section, using IVF with donor eggs and her partner’s sperm.
November 29, 2023The twins are born prematurely at 31 weeks, each weighing over 3 pounds. They are currently in incubators at the hospital.
November 29, 2023Dr. Edward Tamale Sali, a fertility specialist at the center, emphasizes the success of the procedure and the stability of the prematurely born twins.
November 29, 2023Safina Namukwaya expresses her joy, stating that age is not a limit to God’s authority and power.
November 29, 2023Safina Namukwaya faces challenges during her pregnancy, including her partner abandoning her upon learning she is expecting twins.
November 29, 2023Despite challenges, Namukwaya finds solace in the support from her rural village and is determined to care for her newborn twins.
2019A 74-year-old woman in Southern India makes headlines by giving birth to twins through IVF.
OngoingSafina Namukwaya’s case sparks debates about the ethical considerations and long-term consequences of older women embracing motherhood through fertility treatments.

Struggles

This isn’t Namukwaya’s first encounter with IVF at the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Center. In 2020, she gave birth to a baby girl using the same fertility treatment. The Associated Press reported that, according to local interviews, Namukwaya faced challenges during her recent pregnancy, including her partner abandoning her upon learning she was expecting twins.

The twins are being looked after in incubators at the hospital
The twins are being looked after in incubators at the hospital
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Motivated by societal expectations and a desire for companionship in her later years, Namukwaya revealed, “I looked after people’s children and saw them grow up and leave me alone. I wondered who would take care of me when I grow old.”

Despite the hardships, Namukwaya finds solace in her rural village’s support system, assuring that she has a strong network to help her care for her newborn twins. The resilience and determination exhibited by Namukwaya reflect not only her personal triumph but also the strength of the human spirit.

Fertility Advancements

Namukwaya’s case raises questions about the ethical considerations surrounding fertility treatments for women of advanced age. Dr. Brian Levine, a practice director at New York City’s fertility clinic CCRM, expressed concerns about the risks associated with pregnancies in women over 50. Elevated rates of hypertension, gestational diabetes, and preterm labor pose potential challenges to both mother and children, creating a need for a robust support system.

Advancements in fertility treatments have undoubtedly expanded possibilities for women struggling with infertility. However, medical professionals stress the importance of responsible decision-making, taking into account the potential health risks for both mother and child.

Elderly Pregnancy

Namukwaya’s story is not unique globally. In 2019, a 74-year-old woman in Southern India made headlines by giving birth to twins through IVF. The growing trend of older women embracing motherhood poses both medical and societal challenges, sparking debates about the ethical implications and long-term consequences.

Typically, women undergo menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, signaling the end of their ability to bear children. IVF has emerged as a revolutionary technique, allowing women to conceive beyond their natural reproductive age. However, organizations like the American Society for Reproductive Medicine discourage embryo transfer in women over 55, emphasizing the importance of considering health risks.


FAQs:

Q1: Is Safina Namukwaya the oldest woman to give birth?

A: While not the oldest on record, Namukwaya joins a growing list of women globally who have given birth in their 70s. In 2019, a 74-year-old woman in Southern India also made headlines for giving birth to twins through IVF.

Q2: Were the twins born prematurely?

A: Yes, the twins were born prematurely at 31 weeks, weighing over 3 pounds each. They are currently stable and receiving care in incubators.

Q3: What fertility treatment did Safina Namukwaya undergo?

A: Namukwaya underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment at the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Center, utilizing donor eggs and her partner’s sperm due to her age.

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