A Brazilian woman, Antonia Leticia Rovati Asti, gave birth for the first time on Tuesday — a week after turning 61. The late-life pregnancy was possible in part because of Dr. Orlando de Castro Neto, an assisted reproduction specialist. Now that the twins have been born, Neto thinks the new mother’s greatest challenge will be society’s perception surrounding women who give birth late in life. But the stigma did not affect his decision to help Asti. “The age didn’t matter at all,” her Dr. Orlando de Castro Neto said. “The only condition is that a woman has a uterus.”
Asti’s 10-year-old frozen embryos — left over from a failed in-vitro fertilization attempt in 2002 — were fertilized with her husband’s sperm. The artificial insemination resulted in the birth of Sofia and Roberto by Caesarean section at Sao Lucas Hospital in Santos, reported EFE.