The Reading / Listening - Giving Birth - Level 2

Is 73 too old to have a baby? A 73-year-old woman in India has had twins. She said becoming a mother for the first time was "the happiest time" of her life. She needed an operation to have the twins. The mother and her twins are in good health. The mother is recovering well after the operation. She thought she would never have children. She first tried to have a child fifty years ago but was unsuccessful. The woman thought she would be childless forever after her menopause started 25 years ago. She said not having children was painful. People called her "the childless lady".



The woman gave birth because of the method of IVF. A healthy egg from a younger woman was fertilized with her husband's sperm. The fertilized egg made her pregnant. When she found out she was having twins, she said: "This is the happiest time of my life." The new mother's doctors are also happy with her. One doctor said: "During the IVF treatment, we had three groups of doctors. One took care of her general health, one took care of her nutritional status and one took care of her pregnancy." The doctor said she was always in very safe hands.

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Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/06/indian-woman-73-gives-birth-twin-girls-mangayamma-yaramati-andhra-pradesh
  • http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/71028629.cms
  • https://timesofoman.com/article/1885357/World/India/73-year-old-Indian-gives-birth-to-healthy-twins-girls


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. too old to
  2. She needed an
  3. The mother and her twins are in
  4. The mother is recovering
  5. The woman thought she would
  6. her menopause started
  7. She said not having children
  8. People called her
  1. 25 years ago
  2. good health
  3. "the childless lady"
  4. operation
  5. was painful
  6. well
  7. have a baby
  8. be childless forever

Paragraph 2

  1. A healthy egg from
  2. fertilized
  3. she found out she was
  4. During the IVF
  5. we had three groups
  6. her general
  7. one took care
  8. she was always in very safe
  1. of her pregnancy
  2. having twins
  3. of doctors
  4. hands
  5. egg
  6. treatment
  7. a younger woman
  8. health

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Is 73 too (1) ___________________ a baby? A 73-year-old woman in India has had twins. She said becoming a mother (2) ___________________ time was "the happiest time" of her life. She needed an operation to (3) ___________________. The mother and her twins are in good health. The mother is recovering well after the operation. She thought (4) ___________________ have children. She first tried to have a child fifty years ago but was unsuccessful. The woman thought (5) ___________________ childless forever after her menopause started 25 years ago. She (6) ___________________ children was painful. People called her "the childless lady".

The woman gave birth because (7) ___________________ of IVF. A healthy egg from a younger woman was fertilized with her husband's sperm. The fertilized egg (8) ___________________. When she found out she (9) ___________________, she said: "This is the happiest (10) ___________________ life." The new mother's doctors are also happy with her. One doctor said: "During the IVF treatment, we (11) ___________________ of doctors. One took care of her general health, one took care of her nutritional status and one took care of her pregnancy." The doctor said she was always in (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Is73toooldtohaveababy?A73-year-oldwomaninIndiahashadtwins.S
hesaidbecomingamotherforthefirsttimewas"thehappiesttime"ofherl
ife.Sheneededanoperationtohavethetwins.Themotherandhertwins
areingoodhealth.Themotherisrecoveringwellaftertheoperation.She
thoughtshewouldneverhavechildren.Shefirsttriedtohaveachildfiftyy
earsagobutwasunsuccessful.Thewomanthoughtshewouldbechildles
sforeverafterhermenopausestarted25yearsago.Shesaidnothavingc
hildrenwaspainful.Peoplecalledher"thechildlesslady".Thewomanga
vebirthbecauseofthemethodofIVF.Ahealthyeggfromayoungerwoma
nwasfertilizedwithherhusband'ssperm.Thefertilizedeggmadeherpre
gnant.Whenshefoundoutshewashavingtwins,shesaid:"Thisisthehap
piesttimeofmylife."Thenewmother'sdoctorsarealsohappywithher.O
nedoctorsaid:"DuringtheIVFtreatment,wehadthreegroupsofdoctors
.Onetookcareofhergeneralhealth,onetookcareofhernutritionalstatu
sandonetookcareofherpregnancy."Thedoctorsaidshewasalwaysin
verysafehands.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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