Becoming a parent for the first time is an incredibly special time – arguably even more so if you’ve waited a while for it to happen. So imagine how Daljinder and Mohinder felt when they became mum and dad for the first time, having been married for 47 years!
At 72, Daljinder became one of the world’s oldest mums when she gave birth to son Arman Singh recently. Her husband was 79. As well as having a natural birth, the new mum also chose to breast-feed her baby.
Having been trying for a baby since they were married in the 1960s, the couple, from Amritsar, India, only chose to seek fertility treatment in 2014, although Daljinder had been pestering her husband for eight years, ever since she saw an advert for it.
They went to the Hisar National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre, where Daljinder managed to persuade doctors to take her on. ‘At one point the doctor told me that he had never met a woman more stubborn than me who was clearly wasting her money on the treatment, but I think my stubbornness and persistence paid off as I am a mother today.’
Doctors were also concerned that she might struggle to breast-feed, doubting she would provide enough milk. But as Daljinder says, ‘The milk flow isn’t erratic considering my age.’
She is realistic enough to know, however, that being a septuagenarian isn’t the perfect age to become a mum. ‘I was worried that I’d die by the time my son grows up, but my doctor asked me to be positive and instead concentrate on educating and giving Arman a bright future.’
So had the couple never thought about adopting during their years of trying? ‘I never wanted to adopt a child as I was unsure if I would be able to love it like my own, hence I was keen to give birth to a baby myself.’
And what about a sibling for baby Arman? ‘I think I’d die if I try for another kid and wouldn’t be able to enjoy my precious Arman,’ says the proud mum.