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Is it worth risking one life to create another?

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By Allison Garnett

A 61-year-old woman recently gave birth by caesarean section to her own grandson at Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.  Kristine Casey may be the oldest woman to give birth in Illinois.

Ten years after menopause, Casey acted as a surrogate to help her infertile daughter, Sara Connell and her husband, have a biological child of their own.  Conceived through in-vitro fertilization, a healthy Finnean Lee Connell was born of Feb. 9.

Sara Connell, 35, cannot ovulate and has had several failed pregnancies. After undergoing infertility treatment at the Reproductive Medicine Institute in Evanston, Illinois, she gave birth to stillborn twins.

Childbirth remains rare in post-menopausal women.  Health officials say older women face greater risks during pregnancy and delivery.  For this reason, they suggest many women would not be good candidates to undergo such a procedure.

Would you risk your mother’s life to have a child of your own?

2 Comments

  1. Tina Seeholzer Feb 22, 2011

    If health officials know about these greater risks, why are they letting post-menopausal women attempt surrogacy? If it was as serious a problem as you make it out to be, I dont think medical professionals should let these arrangements happen. Personally, I would not ask my mother to do this, knowing the possible dangers. There are many other alternatives for surrogacy. So, to women out there who are, in my own opinion, willing to put their own lives at risk, god bless!

  2. oddboyout Feb 21, 2011

    Short answer: No. (I plan to adopt anyway.)

    You’re question puts all the power in the hands of the parents, but it just doesn’t work that way. The grandmother obviously agreed to it, she was probably happy to do it, and who knows, she may have even instigated it.

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