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A 70-year-old woman successfully gives birth to twins following an extended period of infertility

A Ugandan woman named Safina Namukwaya, aged 70, has recently welcomed a pair of twins—a son and a daughter. According to a report by the BBC on Thursday, Namukwaya achieved pregnancy through an In vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment.

The momentous occasion took place with a successful caesarean delivery at the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, on Wednesday. This remarkable event underscores the advancements in fertility treatments and the joyous outcome for Namukwaya after years of anticipation and the IVF procedure.

On Wednesday, the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre announced the momentous delivery on its Facebook page. The post highlighted the remarkable journey of Safina Namukwaya, a 70-year-old woman, who spoke just before the birth of her delightful twins—a son and a daughter.

Describing it as a historic achievement, the hospital extended an invitation to celebrate with them. Beyond the medical triumph, the message emphasized the significance of this story, underscoring the courage, strength, and resilience exhibited by Namukwaya in her extraordinary journey to motherhood.

The hospital expressed a collective anticipation for the healthy growth of the twins, turning this event into a celebration of the indomitable human spirit.

According to Dworldgist, In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a method employed to aid individuals facing fertility challenges in their journey to parenthood. In the IVF process, an egg is extracted from the woman’s ovaries and is fertilized with sperm in a carefully controlled laboratory setting.

Following this, the resulting fertilized egg, known as an embryo, is reintroduced into the woman’s womb, where it undergoes growth and development.

This intricate procedure offers a solution for couples grappling with fertility issues, providing them with a pathway to achieve the dream of having children.

In an interview with a privately owned NTV channel, Namukwaya revealed that this recent delivery marked her second within a span of three years, with her first being the birth of a girl in 2020.

The 70-year-old woman shared the challenges she faced during this pregnancy, notably expressing the hardship of going through it without the support of the children’s father.

She expressed her frustration, stating, “Men don’t appreciate being informed about expecting more than one child. Since my admission here, my partner has not visited once.”

Namukwaya’s poignant account sheds light on the difficulties she encountered, emphasizing the lack of support during a crucial and demanding time in her life.

Namukwaya expressed uncertainty about how she would navigate the challenges of raising the children but conveyed her joy at finally becoming a mother after enduring years of social stigma and ridicule for her previous childlessness, as reported.

She recounted a particularly hurtful incident where a young boy mocked her, suggesting that she had been cursed by her mother to live without offspring.

In a notable achievement, the hospital where Namukwaya gave birth revealed that she now holds the distinction of being the oldest woman in Africa to give birth. This milestone not only underscores the personal triumph for Namukwaya but also reflects the evolving landscape of fertility treatments and maternal experiences.


Peter Ritdung Wakkias is a Nigerian blogger and programmer, known for being the CEO of and He holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from Isa Mustapha Agwai 1 Polytechnic Lafia. Based in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

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