Wednesday, July 19, 2006

What’s wrong with being an old mother?

A 62 year old woman became Britain’s oldest mother, and one of the oldest in the world, on July 5 when she gave birth to a baby boy.Patti Farrant, a child psychiatrist, underwent fertility treatment abroad in order to fulfill her 60 year old husband’s dreams of becoming a father.Farrant used invitro fertilization techniques and a donated egg to get pregnant.The baby weighed 6 pounds and 10 and a half ounces.Doctor Severino Antinori was the doctor who supervised the procedures.In the early 1990’s doctor Antinori helped a 62 year old Italian women give birth using fertility treatments and a donated egg.Since then Italy has created Europe’s strictest laws about invitro fertilization techniques and other assisted reproduction procedures, and Farrant’s case was carried out in a former Soviet republic.Fertility clinics in Britain will not use assisted reproduction techniques for women past the normal child birthing years. Liz Buttle was Britain’s oldest mother until now.In 1997 she gave birth at the age of 60. The world’s oldest mother is Adriana Iliescu, a Romanian woman, who became a mother at the age of 66.
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