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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Japanese Late-in-Life Mom-to-Be Making Headlines

Japanese Woman, 60, Pregnant with Donated Embryo

A 60-year-old Japanese woman is expected to become the oldest single mother in Japan to give birth from a donated egg, according to medical officials.

The unidentified woman is 15 weeks pregnant and had traveled to the U.S. for in-vitro fertilization.

Both surrogate births and artificial insemination are extremely rare in Japan because of ethical concerns, a lack of donors and few doctors are willing to provide such treatments. Also, births from donated eggs are limited to married couples, causing many single women and unmarried couples to seek treatments in the U.S. or other countries.

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