Is she too old? 63-year-old Aussie mum welcomes new baby
THE Apple Isle has given birth to Australia's oldest mum after a 63-year-old Tasmanian woman welcomed a daughter into the world on Monday.
The baby was conceived via IVF using a donor embryo, media reported overnight.
The dad is 78 years old and the little girl, who was born prematurely by Cesarean, is the couple's first child.
The woman, who is unidentified, gave birth at Melbourne's Frances Perry House private hospital on Monday.
The baby and mother are recovering well.
Monash University Professor Gab Kovacs said the the IVF clinic that helped the mother conceive should not be providing fertility services to women aged over 53.
"That child will need looking after for 20 years and there's a possibility she won't be able to do that," Prof Kovacs told the Nine Network.
"Our bodies weren't designed to have children in our 60s.
"I don't think any responsible IVF unit in Australia would treat someone of that age.
"it's not a standard of medicine I would condone."
The world's oldest first time mother was believed to a Romanian woman, Adriana Iliescu, who reportedly gave birth when she was 66.