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Woman, 49, Oldest In-Vitro Pregnancy

by Susan Edelman,  New York Post,  Nov 22, 2009
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A Park Avenue fertility doctor has broken the age barrier for women longing to be moms.

Dr. John Zhang says a 49-year-old patient at his New Hope Fertility Center gave birth this month to a baby conceived with her own egg frozen at age 48 -- the oldest on record.

"She's beautiful and healthy," the jubilant mom e-mailed friends after delivering her long-awaited daughter. "She's definitely the love of our lives!"

The infant might have made history in the world of in-vitro fertilization, which kicked off in 1978 with baby Louise Brown.

"To the best of my knowledge, the oldest woman who has gotten pregnant from IVF with her own egg is 45," said Dr. Richard Paulson, a professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California, and a pioneer in the use of donor eggs.

"This would be considered a major scientific advance and get a lot of attention."

Most clinics don't push the envelope past age 43, as a woman's fertility is said to drop sharply after 40. Read more.


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