Florida woman, 46, sets
record for birth via in-vitro fertilization
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[May 28, 2014]
By Barbara Liston
ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A
46-year-old Orlando woman has become the oldest mother
in the United States, and possibly in the world, to give
birth to a healthy baby through in-vitro fertilization
using her own fresh eggs.
Belinda Slaughter, now 47, gave birth to her first child in
September, her doctor, Mark Trolice of Winter Park, said in an
interview on Tuesday.
Key to the record is that the eggs were fresh, just a few days old,
rather than frozen or donated.
Slaughter, who named the boy Jackson, also beat the odds of
delivering a child with chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down
Syndrome, 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, in Gainesville.
Williams said the university's in-vitro program does not accept
women over 43, because the low probability of success, and medical
and financial risks exceed potential benefits. Slaughter had been
turned away by another clinic, Trolice said.
"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.
Trolice said Slaughter's success at least rivals and might exceed
that of a woman in Italy who gave birth several years ago, also at
around age 46. Her doctor reported the feat but not the woman's
precise age at conception and birth - details needed to determine
which woman was oldest.
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Trolice said the birth reflects the continued improvement of
in-vitro pregnancy rates since the first such successful birth in
1978 but agreed it 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 donated eggs.
The news was first reported in the May issue of the Fertility and
Sterility, a journal of the American Society for Reproductive
(Reporting by David Adams; Editing by Richard Chang and Steve
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