She tried for decades to get pregnant. At 59, she just gave birth

During nearly four decades of marriage, Akosua Budu Amoako and her husband tried to have a child, without success. But last month, at age 59, Budu gave birth to her first child after fertility treatments.

The full-term 3.3kg boy was born June 15 at Bellevue Woman’s Center in Niskayuna, near Albany in New York. He’s named after his father, Isaiah Somuah Anim.

“They’re doing super, very well,” said Dr Khushru Irani, who delivered the baby. The couple, he added, “are so happy about the whole thing.”

Budu said she and her 59-year-old husband, who live in Schenectady, had tried to get pregnant naturally after they married 38 years ago, but they eventually stopped trying. Then last year, after learning that a 60-year-old woman in the couple’s homeland of Ghana gave birth to triplets after fertility treatments, the couple, both medical professionals at a local hospital, decided to try once again to have a child.

Irani said he was apprehensive at first, noting the risks of complications that can arise from giving birth at such an advanced age.

“Initially, when I saw her, I’m saying no, it’s not a good idea for your health to have a baby at your age,” the doctor said Monday. “But they were very insistent and they wanted to try it out.”

Budu underwent in-vitro fertilisation at an Albany-area clinic using her husband’s sperm and a donor egg. The entire process, from initial screening to successful fertilisation, cost US$20,000 and took about a year, the elder Amin told the Times Union newspaper.

“We haven’t gotten much sleep, but I feel fine and I think he already knows our voices,” Budu told the newspaper.

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The couple, who came to the United States in 2005, are naturalised US citizens.

“And our son is born an American, and a New Yorker,” Amin said.

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