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March 29, 2021

New Hampshire Teacher Gives Birth at 57 after Losing a Teenage Daughter

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Barbara Higgins overcame all the odds stacked against her when she delivered her baby boy at 57. The New Hampshire teacher and her husband are overjoyed. 

57-year-old Barbara Higgins and her husband Kenny Banzhoff welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world last week Saturday, overcoming the odds of infertility that were stacked against them. 

The couple is elated to have the little boy join their family as they previously endured the death of their 13-year-old daughter, who passed away suddenly back in 2016. 

Baby's feet. | Source: Pexel/ Martinus

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MIRACLE BABY 

The New Hampshire teacher is now one of the oldest women in America to have delivered a baby, and Higgins says that this pregnancy, which was her third, was an easy one. The 57-year-old credited her active lifestyle with the ease she experienced. 

Higgins maintained her active lifestyle throughout the nine months of pregnancy, continuing to exercise until the day she went into labor. The teacher's husband is overjoyed to have their little boy join their family, sharing the following about his wife: 

"We've beat the odds. I'm so proud of her, she's been a trooper through the whole thing."

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LOSING MOLLY

Higgins couldn't shake the urge to attempt a third pregnancy, despite her age, after losing her 13-year-old daughter Molly. Molly died unexpectantly in 2016 from an undiagnosed brain tumor which left her family devastated. 

Naomi Watts had her two sons when she was 39 and 40 and has expressed regret over not having children sooner. 

Higgins and Banzhoff decided to try their hand at IVF to heighten their chances of becoming pregnant, and now the 57-year-old teacher has her little boy, who they have named Jack, as a result. 

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TWINS AT 73

Although Higgins's successful pregnancy is rare, a 73-year-old woman in India doubled the stakes by giving birth to twins. Erramatti Mangayamma, a farmer by profession, is thought to be the oldest person to have given birth. 

Mangayamma also went down the IVF route and had her two babies delivered via c-section. The mother and her husband, 80-year-old Raja Rao, were never able to conceive naturally and decided to take the chance. Their doctor reported

"The surgery went well ... the mother and the babies are all healthy with no complications."

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UNDER OBSERVATION

Because Mangayamma's pregnancy was such a high risk, the doctors decided to keep her in the hospital for 21 days to be able to keep her under close observation

The 73-year-old will not breastfeed her two children. The twins will receive milk from the milk bank, which will ensure that they are fed the necessary amounts without taking a toll on their mother whilst she is recuperating. 

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Many celebrities have also chosen to become parents later in life, which is paired with the risk of lower fertility after the age of 40. Naomi Watts had her two sons when she was 39 and 40 and has expressed regret over not having children sooner. 

Halle Berry welcomed her first child at 41 and waited until she was 47 to have her second. Berry shared that her second pregnancy was a complete surprise because she was already premenopausal when she discovered she was pregnant. 

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