Barbara Higgins and her husband Kenny Banzhoff lost their 13-year-old daughter Molly in 2016 to an undiagnosed brain tumor.
For a teacher in New Hampshire who recently gave birth to a baby boy, age is simply a number. Fifty-seven-year-old Barbara Higgins welcomed a healthy baby named Jack on March 20 and it was not a simple journey. She had to undergo IVF treatment along with her husband Kenny Banzhoff to get pregnant, reports NBC Boston. "We've beat the odds," said her 65-year-old husband Banzhoff. "I'm so proud of her, she's been a trooper through the whole thing." Little Jack came along five years after the couple endured the crushing loss of their teen daughter Molly. The 13-year-old passed away in 2016 due to an undiagnosed brain. "Molly was 13 and had an undiagnosed brain tumor and died suddenly," explained the mom. Following the terrible loss, Higgins could not help but think about having another child who would join their daughter Gracie. "I started having these dreams that I wanted to have a child, and I thought, 'OK, Barb, that's a little crazy," she told the outlet.
Despite knowing how "crazy" the idea was, Higgins still couldn't shake the idea of having another baby but she would soon realize that it was the path she was meant to take. "I attached [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," she said while appearing on the TODAY Show. "The dream was pretty consistent." Soon she was out searching for an IVF clinic in Boston that treats people her age and after she found one, the pair decided to move forward with the pregnancy. Throughout the process, Higgins remained active to make for a smooth third pregnancy. The mother revealed how she had been lifting weights right until the day she went into labor.
How absolutely beautiful!! If you can do it and want it go for it! I would if I could! It would be such a blessing!— Kathy Gerard (@KGerard63) March 28, 2021
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Crediting this active lifestyle for an uncomplicated pregnancy, she said, "I do a lot of weight training and all of that crazy Crossfit stuff that you hear about." Higgins has now become the oldest woman to ever give birth in New Hampshire, reports Concord Monitor. About giving birth at 57, Higgins said that her age wasn't a determining factor in her decision to have another baby. "Nobody can give birth to a baby and know with a certainty that they will see that baby grow up," she told the outlet. Higgins noted that she was "not concerned about external judgments or factors." while speaking to TODAY.
Meet the 57-year-old woman who gave birth (and her baby) https://t.co/3qzKxrvOMy— Todd cusuman (@toddcusuman) March 27, 2021
"It's just us and Jack and our day-to-day life. So far so good," she told TODAY, according to PEOPLE. "Who knows how I'll be in 10 years, but who knows how you'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 added, "Jack is here, he's a little boy on the planet, and he gets to live a life." Being a parent who has lost a child, she shared how unpredictable tomorrow is. "Nobody gives birth to a baby and know with any certainty that they will be alive to see that baby grow up," said Higgins. She shared her story with the hope that it encourages women who are struggling to get pregnant and that it reminds them that age is merely a number.