Doctors in Tokyo have announced that a 60-year-old woman who became pregnant in the United States through in vitro fertilization will become Japan's oldest single mother to give birth to a donated egg, the Associated Press reports.
The woman, whose name has not been made public, recently found an obstetrician who agreed to take her case when she was 15 weeks pregnant when she was rejected by all other clinics.
Surrogate births and artificial insemination are extremely rare in Japan, which is due to the traditional ethical values that physicians must take into account, a lack of donors and physicians who agree to provide such treatments.
Although there is no law prohibiting unmarried women from undergoing such surgery, births from donated eggs are limited to married couples under medical supervision, and doctors advise many women and couples to go to the United States and other countries for to do a treatment.
But when they get pregnant they are rejected because most doctors follow the strict rules imposed by the society of obstetricians and gynecologists.
So far, the oldest woman in the world who gave birth is a Romanian who had a daughter in January 2005 at the age of 66.
October 8, 2007