60 Year Old Japanese Woman Pregnant With Donated Embryo

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What is it with 60 year old women wanting to be parents??

A 60-year-old woman impregnated in the United States via in-vitro fertilization will become what is believed to be the oldest single mother in Japan to give birth from a donated egg, medical officials said Thursday.

The woman, whose name is being withheld by officials because of privacy concerns, recently found an obstetrician willing to handle her case 15 weeks into her pregnancy after being rejected by other clinics, her doctor said.

“Considering that she’s 60 years old and single, which means high risk and an uncertain future for a child, I had to make a tough decision about whether to handle the pregnancy,” said Yahiro Netsu, gynecologist at Suwa Maternity Clinic in Nagano, central Japan, in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “But she wanted a child, and I decided to do all I can to help her through expected difficulties.”

In Japan there is no law banning single women from having the procedures, but births from donated eggs are strictly limited to married couples. This prompts women and couples to seek the treatments in the U.S. and other countries.

Because single pregnancy is extremely rare in Japan, these women are rejected when they come back as most doctors follow strict guidelines set by the obstetrics and gynecology society.

My concern is for the child. I don’t believe that it is fair for a child to be born know that their parent may not meet their first child or attend their wedding or even graduation.

By the time that child graduates high school their mom will be almost 80.

I wish that people would take this into consideration when making such life changing decisions.


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