Australia's oldest new mum
A 62-year-old Tasmanian woman has given birth to her first child, making her the oldest woman in Australia to go into labour. Vision: courtesy Seven News Melbourne
A Tasmanian woman has reportedly become a mother at the age of 62, making her the oldest woman to give birth in Australia.
Channel Seven reported that the baby girl is the first child for the unidentified woman and her 78-year-old partner.
According to the report, the woman gave birth by caesarean section at Melbourne's Frances Perry House private hospital on Monday.
The baby was born premature but is said to be progressing well, along with her mother.
The couple is said to have conceived through IVF overseas, using a donor embryo.
It is reported the previous Australian record was held by a 60-year-old woman who gave birth in 2010.
A Gold Cost woman who had her first child at the age of 50 in 2011 is believed to be the oldest Australian woman to give birth to a naturally-conceived child.
In 2010, a woman gave birth to twins, conceived via IVF, in Perth at the age of 57.
In 2007, a 56-year-old Queensland woman gave birth to an IVF-conceived child.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, a third of women who gave birth in 2013 were likely to be aged between 30 and 34 years.
In the same year, women aged 45 or over amounted to just 0.2 per cent of those who gave birth.
An earlier version of this story said that the mother was 63. Later reporting confirmed her age to be 62.