Giving birth is considered to be a miracle, but this is especially true for Safina Namukwaya. For much of this Ugandan woman’s life, she did not have any children. She did, however, take care of many over the years. As much as she cared for them, as they grew up, they would eventually drift apart.
This led Safina to learn about in vitro fertilization, which is also called IVF. During this process, an egg is removed from the ovaries. Next, it’s fertilized with sperm in a laboratory. From there, the fertilized egg is placed in the womb to grow and develop like any other pregnancy. Safina did this in 2020 and, now, she has a baby girl. But this year, the 70-year-old woman gave birth to twins.
Safina Learns She’s Pregnant with Twins
The news that she would give birth to twins must have been a lot for Safina to take in, but she has been more excited than anything. Her former partner, however, doesn’t feel the same way — the two of them are no longer together. Still, Safina is happy, and doesn’t regret any of her choices.
“I took good care of this pregnancy as a happy person,” Safina said.
Safina gave birth to her twins, a boy and a girl, via cesarean. The two of them were born prematurely at 31 weeks and placed in incubators — but they’re currently “stable.”
“The age is just a number,” Dr. Edward Tamale Sali said. “A young woman can also die from complications from pregnancy — an old woman … can also survive.”
A Historic Moment in Africa
Now that the 70-year-old woman has given birth to twins, she’s officially Africa’s oldest mother.
“This historic event, a baby boy and girl, not only marks our two decades of leadership in IVF, but also sets us apart as the premier fertility centre in Africa,” the hospital’s Facebook post reads.
How incredible! We wish Safina and her first daughter well as they celebrate the growth of their little family!
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