63-year-old Dutch woman gives birth

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A 63-year-old Dutch woman has given birth to a daughter. It’s the first time in the Netherlands that a woman has delivered a baby at such an age. Mother and baby are doing well, say the woman’s family.

The baby, named Meagan, was conceived abroad by egg cell donation. She was born by caesarean section on Monday morning at a hospital in the town of Harlingen, in the northern province of Friesland. 

The mother says she can understand why the news of her pregnancy caused consternation. However, her desire to have a child was so intense she was “prepared to accept the consequences”, she said in a statement released through her family. 

“I don’t know how long I’ll live, but I hope my daughter and I will be able to enjoy each other’s company for a long time,” the woman said. She added that she hoped her daughter would be left to grow up in peace.


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