A 57-year-old mother has given birth to a healthy baby boy, becoming one of the oldest women in the U.S. to deliver a child.  

By Chelsea Ritschel

A new mother has become one of the oldest women in the United States to give birth after welcoming her newborn son at the age of 57.

Barbara Higgins, a teacher from New Hampshire, gave birth to her and her husband Kenny Banzhoff’s son Jack on Saturday, after three hours of labour.

The couple got pregnant through IVF 
(NBC Boston)

According to the couple, they decided to try for another child after losing their daughter Molly when she was 13 from an undiagnosed brain tumor.

Following their daughter’s death in 2016, Higgins told NBC Boston that she became “consumed” with the idea of getting pregnant again.

However, after Banzhoff agreed with the idea, the couple sought out an IVF clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, that would treat women in their 50s.

According to Higgins, although the cut-off for in-vitro fertilization is usually around the age of 55, her doctors were confident that she was healthy enough to handle a pregnancy at her age, which she credited in part to being a lifelong athlete and having good genes.

Although Jack was originally expected to come mid-April, doctors decided to induce Higgins a few weeks early after she checked in to Concord Hospital on Friday.

Despite being born slightly early, Jack is “completely fine,” according to the outlet, and is developing as he should be.

As for her experience becoming a mother again, Higgins said: “The whole thing was ridiculously amazing. But, I’m exhausted.”

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