57-Year-Old Woman Gave Birth Baby Boy, 5 Years After Over L.o.s.i.n.g 13 Years Old Daughter
Barbara Higgins and Kenny Banzhoff’s 13-year-old daughter Molly ᴅ.ɪ.ᴇ.ᴅ suddenly in 2016 due to an ᴜɴᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ ʙʀᴀɪɴ ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ. Age is nothing but a number for one New Hampshire teacher who recently welcomed a baby boy into the world. Barbara Higgins, 57, gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Jack on March 20 after undergoing I.V.F ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ with her husband Kenny Banzhoff, according to NBC Boston.
“We’ve ʙᴇᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴅᴅs, Banzhoff, 65, told the outlet. I’m so proud of her, she’s been a trooper through the whole thing.”she said
The couple’s new bundle of joy comes five years after they reportedly ʟᴏsᴛ their 13-year-old daughter Molly to an ᴜɴᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ ʙʀᴀɪɴ ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ. After Molly’s ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, Higgins said she couldn’t stop thinking about having another child to join their sᴜʀᴠɪᴠɪɴɢ daughter Gracie.
“I started having these dreams that I wanted to have a child, and I thought, ‘OK, Barb, that’s a little ᴄʀᴀᴢʏ,” she told NBC Boston.
Still, she couldn’t sʜᴀᴋᴇ that thought that welcoming a new baby into the world was a path she was meant to take.
“I ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄʜᴇᴅ [the dreams] very much to my grief process, and a couple of years went by where I had this sort of compelling thought in my head that I should have a child, The dream was pretty consistent.” she added
After finding an IVF ᴄʟɪɴɪᴄ ɪɴ Bᴏsᴛᴏɴ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛ someone Higgins’ age, the couple reportedly decided to move forward with the pregnancy.Higgins also credited her active lifestyle for a smooth third pregnancy, sharing that she had been weightlifting up until the day she went into labor.
“I do a lot of weight training and all of that ᴄʀᴀᴢʏ Crossfit stuff that you hear about,” she told NBC Boston.
As for having a child at 57, which makes her the oldest woman to ever give birth in New Hampshire, according to the Concord Monitor, Higgins said her age wasn’t a factor in deciding to have another baby.
“Nobody can give birth to a baby and know with a certainty that they will see that baby grow up. I don’t concerned about external judgments or factors, It’s just us and Jack and our day-to-day life. So far so good. Who knows how I’ll be in 10 years. That isn’t something that anyone can predict, and why should Jack not get to be alive just because I’m old?” she told TODAY