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59-Year-Old Gives Birth To Triplets

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, September 08, 2008 12:01 PM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: IVF, In-Vitro Fertilization, Pregnancy, Fertility, FDA and Prescription Drugs

A 59-year old woman has given birth to triplets, close to a record 60 year old for birth in the U.S. 



IMAGE SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons/ human newborn female


How about being 77-years-old when your child graduates from high school? 

May not sound appealing to many women but one 59-year-old is facing just that prospect. She just gave birth by Caesarean section to triplets - two boys and a girl - who are all said to be in good health.

The woman gave birth in a Paris hospital Saturday night and a spokesman says “everything went smoothly.”  

The 59-year old, who is not named, is believed to be Vietnamese and is married to a man in his 40s.

The woman reportedly went to a private Vietnamese clinic for fertility treatments that overlooks the age limit of 45 for egg donation and in-vitro fertilization.

In France it is illegal to provide fertility treatment to women beyond the natural reproductive age. 

According to the American Pregnancy Association, during in-vitro fertilization, an egg is combined with sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryo, which is combined, is then transferred to a woman who likely underwent fertility treatments. 

In the case of older women, the egg of a donor may be used to avoid birth defects.  Egg donors are usually under the age of 35. 

In the case of IVF, usually one-third of the time the  procedure is successful if the woman is under the age of 35. The success rate decreases to six to 10 percent in women over the age of 40.

The destruction of the eggs not used in IVF raises ethical concerns about destroying life for many.

Many seek IVF treatment oversees to bypass the ethical concerns of older pregnancies.  In France, most fertility clinics set a maximum age limit of 42 for egg donations to would-be-mothers.

Earlier this year, a 70-year old Indian woman had twins following IVF treatment.

In May, a 60-year-old woman gave birth to twin boys in the United States. 

She made the record as the oldest woman to give birth in this country.  Frieda Birnbaum told Fox News that she had IVF treatment in 2006 in Cape Town, South Africa. She then had the twins at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey via C-section.  

The chances of having a child with a birth defect rises with assisted reproductive treatments, according to a published study in the New England Journal of Medicine.  

While cell phone use has been correlated with low sperm count, acupuncture has been shown to boost fertility. #

1 Comment

Anonymous User
Posted by tripletmommyviaeggdonation
Monday, September 08, 2008 12:53 PM EST

As a Mom of triplets via donor eggs, I can only say that this woman is going to be very busy! I was 37 when my brood was born so I cant imagine what she is going to go thru at her age. The only positives I can see is that she will have lots more patience and will require less sleep.

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