Antonietta Mellone, 52, who has three adult children and a 6 month old grandson, is recovering in a hospital in Italy after giving birth to naturally conceived triplets.
Gabriele, Alessia and Nunzia, two girls and a boy, are doing well in the special care baby unit. Mrs Mellone said: "I have never used fertility treatment. In our family this is not unusual last year my cousin of 51 had a baby girl."
Carmine Nappi, who heads the maternity department, said: "This is an exceptional medical event. A woman of more than 50 years old giving birth naturally to triplets is something I have never heard of before."