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61-year-old Surrogate Mother Gives Birth

by Rajashri on August 21, 2008 at 2:01 PM
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 61-year-old Surrogate Mother Gives Birth

A Japanese obstetrician has revealed that 61-year-old woman in central Japan has given birth to a surrogate child for her daughter.

Surrogacy is not a crime in Japan, but it is banned by the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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"She is likely to be the oldest surrogate mother yet recorded in Japan," Yahiro Netsu, the gynaecologist who performed the operation, said in a statement.

The woman became pregnant with an embryo created from the egg of her daughter, who has no uterus, and sperm from the daughter's husband, the statement said.
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"We don't recommend late childbearing. But we perform operations for surrogate mothers who are mothers of biological mothers, considering that Japanese society lacks a support system for surrogacy," he said.

Netsu has helped several surrogate mothers, all of them having kinship ties with the biological mother.

Source: AFP
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