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We Now Know More About Margaret Davou’s Journey To Becoming A First Time Mother At 63


We now know more about the 63-year old woman, Margaret Davou, who is said to be the oldest African woman to conceive and give birth through IVF.

In a chat with Marie-Therese Nanlong of Vanguard, Margaret shares her story ;

I have been married for 38 years without a child but at 63 years, having looked for this baby for many years, God decided to answer my prayer, I am very happy having her. I give all glory to God because He is the one who did it.

My husband and I have been praying, trusting God, and I have gone through many types of operations, all in the quest to get pregnant and at last, I thank God that He did not disappoint us, God helped my husband and I because we did not stop trusting Him”.

It is a pity that some families get into a lot of problems because of childlessness but I appeal to husbands to be patient. I thank God for my husband because he has the fear of God. Throughout the period of waiting, he did not threaten me, he did not give me ultimatum, and he was not talking about another wife but was always supporting me.

Speaking on Margaret’s conception and childbirth, the Medical Director, GynaeVille Specialist Hospital, Dr. Kenneth Egwuda, also said;

“She visited us with a desire to achieve conception, her age was 62 at that time so we started the treatment. Initially the age was not very striking to me, maybe it was an oversight because physically, she looked very strong for her age and was okay, she did not have any metabolic disease or any ageing illness apart from the hypertension which also affects any other person either young or old.

“When we did investigations, we discovered that she was fairly in a good health condition to attempt this modality of treatment. She’s been married for 38 years without an issue, not even a miscarriage, she has had a lot of surgeries all in an attempt to improve her lot of getting pregnant but to no avail, and she has had tubal and fibroid surgeries.

She has had this IVF procedure, three other times in different hospitals before coming to us. Two were done Abuja and one in Markudi, this is the fourth time. While I was working and training in London, we had this debate about the age of people who should be permitted  to have this treatment and the debate cut-off was 50, 52 years because at that age, you are supposed to look at a woman with great caution. Although it is not a standard across the globe.

So we commenced the treatment for this woman and the only attempt she had with us, she was favored by God and she was conceived a few months later through assisted reproduction technology. IVF is a game of chance, there is no guarantee that you will get pregnant whenever you have it but of course, the quality of care you have in a place improves your chance of being pregnant.




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  1. Oche Grace Onyeche

    Oche Grace Onyeche

    May 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    May Gods name be praised,nothing is impossible with God

  2. Eunice Omita Olanipekun

    Eunice Omita Olanipekun

    May 16, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    God bless him

  3. Elle Blessing Edwin

    Elle Blessing Edwin

    May 16, 2017 at 2:56 pm


  4. Loveth Udechukwu

    Loveth Udechukwu

    May 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm


  5. Aisha Ibrahim Olutosin

    Aisha Ibrahim Olutosin

    May 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    God is good.

  6. Adesola Omoyeni

    Adesola Omoyeni

    May 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Congratulations, God will keep you and the baby

  7. Ugochi Okere

    Ugochi Okere

    May 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    God is wonderfull

  8. Ngozi Benitha Nkem

    Ngozi Benitha Nkem

    May 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    your husband did not complain because you married your right man#thankGodforyou#

  9. Ruth Sabastine

    Ruth Sabastine

    May 16, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Congrat ma”

  10. Solomon Ireti

    Solomon Ireti

    May 16, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Our God is Awesome

  11. Tokunbo Ajayi

    Tokunbo Ajayi

    May 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Congratulations Thank God.

  12. Christy Bill

    Christy Bill

    May 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    To God be d glory, am so happy 4 u

  13. Bukola Olukemi Gbalajobi

    Bukola Olukemi Gbalajobi

    May 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Our God is great

  14. Margaret Agu

    Margaret Agu

    May 16, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    indeed he is a great God

  15. Dibie Sarah

    Dibie Sarah

    May 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    God is truly great !

  16. Afolabi Bolaji

    Afolabi Bolaji

    May 16, 2017 at 7:19 pm


  17. Ade Oluwatoyin Akin-amuwa

    Ade Oluwatoyin Akin-amuwa

    May 16, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Glory be to God

  18. Ekoja Elizabeth Igbe

    Ekoja Elizabeth Igbe

    May 16, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Congratulations, may God be praise

  19. Mamarich Nwosu

    Mamarich Nwosu

    May 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I give God all the glory

  20. Margaret Usaka

    Margaret Usaka

    May 16, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    MightyGod. We give you praise

  21. Ekene Sixtus

    Ekene Sixtus

    May 16, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    God is awesome oooo

  22. Timmy Edet-Obo

    Timmy Edet-Obo

    May 16, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Congratulations ma, God bless the awaited prince

  23. Evelyn Usiayo

    Evelyn Usiayo

    May 16, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    God be praised

  24. Amaka Nwabuisi

    Amaka Nwabuisi

    May 16, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I thank God 4u.dàt man is a man of God.

  25. Maryam Abdullahi

    Maryam Abdullahi

    May 16, 2017 at 11:01 pm


  26. Kudirat Aduke Raji

    Kudirat Aduke Raji

    May 16, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    May d Almighty Allah extend this gift to our daughters in need of a child. Amin

  27. Duru Ifeoma Anthonia

    Duru Ifeoma Anthonia

    May 17, 2017 at 5:49 am

    God Is Good. And Than I Pitty Those That Limit This God. Happy For U Ma’ma And Ur Husand. And I Also Tap Into This Blessing, Peace And Love For My Upcoming Family That Is To Come Too Soon.

  28. Fakoyejo Busayo Ayobami

    Fakoyejo Busayo Ayobami

    May 17, 2017 at 6:19 am

    God be praise

  29. Odeh Margaret Lawani

    Odeh Margaret Lawani

    May 17, 2017 at 7:16 am

    God is Better than Good, he is Jehovah overdo. Congratulations ma.

  30. Adeoye Aderonke Nafeesah

    Adeoye Aderonke Nafeesah

    May 17, 2017 at 7:24 am

    A big CONGRATS to you ma’am. But the kind of your husband is very much rear among we blacks o, I’ve never even heard of his kind except among the whites. He deserves a medal. May the almighty continually be with your family

  31. Anabel Olayeni Omas

    Anabel Olayeni Omas

    May 17, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Thank u Jesus

  32. Ester Joy

    Ester Joy

    May 17, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Congrats God will protect U and the baby Amen

  33. Joyce Omorodion

    Joyce Omorodion

    May 17, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Congratulations ma. I rejoice with you

  34. Asoms Cherish Richmond

    Asoms Cherish Richmond

    May 17, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Indeed ur case is different wat a faithful GOD we serve congrats ma d LORD is ur muscle, welcome to d world ma baby ure blessed

  35. Sadiq Sadiq

    Sadiq Sadiq

    May 17, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Wonderful God

  36. Princess Alma

    Princess Alma

    May 17, 2017 at 11:49 am

    It can only be God, may God’s name be praised! Congratulations ma

  37. Violet Agbeso - Omongbale

    Violet Agbeso - Omongbale

    May 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Glory to God, Congrats ma’am…

  38. Ogbolo Ayowumi

    Ogbolo Ayowumi

    May 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Congrats am happy for you

  39. Alice Bola Kosalamola

    Alice Bola Kosalamola

    May 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm


  40. Princess Marthyluv Elozino

    Princess Marthyluv Elozino

    May 17, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    God of wonders. Congratulations

  41. Remilekun Eniola

    Remilekun Eniola

    May 17, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Mama is by his grace thank God for thata

  42. Cherry Liv

    Cherry Liv

    May 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    God,s word say we will be fruitful at old age. To God be d Glory Amen.

  43. Njide Nwanneka

    Njide Nwanneka

    May 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you Jesus congratulations

  44. Rita Ugo Nwankwo

    Rita Ugo Nwankwo

    May 17, 2017 at 6:59 pm


  45. Omolara Adubifa-Ajibola

    Omolara Adubifa-Ajibola

    May 17, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Congratulations ma. All glory to God

  46. Ifewunmi Amao-Adeleke

    Ifewunmi Amao-Adeleke

    May 18, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks God

  47. Tina Ada Mac Atom

    Tina Ada Mac Atom

    May 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    At 63????? Great God! ! ! ! !

  48. Adanma Nwaogwugwu

    Adanma Nwaogwugwu

    May 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm


  49. Odetoyinbo Tosin

    Odetoyinbo Tosin

    May 22, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    My God is awesome

  50. Awozino Oghale

    Awozino Oghale

    May 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Surely is really awesome

  51. Timmy Edet-Obo

    Timmy Edet-Obo

    May 22, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I thank God for what he has done for your family, baby welcome in Jesus name amen

  52. Adeleke Temitope

    Adeleke Temitope

    May 23, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Awesome God

  53. Lovelny Chioma

    Lovelny Chioma

    May 23, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I thank God

  54. Vivi Young

    Vivi Young

    May 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Wonderful God

  55. Sheryn Comfort

    Sheryn Comfort

    May 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    God I thank bcos wen I hear of ur wonderful works I have more hopes bcos I know my testimony is on its way

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