Many women in their late 40's have given birth via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) but have had to use frozen or donor eggs.
Now a 46-year-old Orlando woman is the oldest mother in the U.S., and maybe even in the world, to give birth to a baby through IVF using her own fresh eggs, reported by Reuters on Tuesday.
Belinda Slaughter, now 47, gave birth to her first child back in September, her doctor, Mark Trolice shared in an interview on Tuesday.
Slaughter, who named the boy Jackson, delivered a child without chromosomal abnormalities, which increase with maternal age.
"She had a guardian angel watching over this pregnancy from the get-go," Trolice said.
The case should be considered an anomaly, said Stan Williams, chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida's medical school. "I'm hoping that women in their mid-40s aren't going to look at this and say 'Oh, I can do that too.' Being a world's record, people need to understand this is a very rare event," Williams said.
Williams said the university's in-vitro program does not accept women over 43, due to the low odds of success, and medical and financial risks.
Trolice said the birth reflects the improvement of in-vitro pregnancy rates but should not provide false hope to women over 45.
In rare cases, women in their 60s have been known to give birth via in-vitro fertilization using donor eggs.
According to AmericanPregnancy.org In the United States, the live birth rate for each IVF cycle started is approximately:
30 to 35% for women under age 35
25% for women ages 35 to 37
15 to 20% for women ages 38 to 40
6 to 10% for women ages over 40
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