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When Is a Woman Too Old to Have a Baby?

by Christi Myers,  ABC News,  June 3, 2010
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Last year, John Travolta's son Jett died after having a seizure. Now his wife Kelly Preston is expecting twins, at age 47.

For some, women having babies in their late 40s comes as a surprise, but now it's becoming very common. Menopause no longer means the end of fertility.

"The only reason why I stopped having children was because my doctor recommended that after 50, it's probably not a good idea," she said.

When is a woman too old to have a baby?

"There used to be a recommended age that was put out by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, which was the natural age of menopause, which is 50, 51," Dr. Hickman said. "So then it changed, and they've removed that statement because studies have shown that mothers have done well up to age 55."

Hickman chose to limit infertility treatments at Houston IVF to age 55.

"Theoretically a woman in her 90s could get pregnant. But she could go into labor, have a heart attack," Hickman said.

Technology has made it possible. Women over 45 usually use eggs donated by young women and take hormone treatments. Read more and watch the video.

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