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In a first for Minn., woman pregnant from frozen donor egg

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, December 28, 2007 | 0 comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In the first known case in Minnesota, a woman has become pregnant from a human donor egg that was frozen and thawed before it was fertilized and implanted.

Doctors used in vitro fertilization to achieve the pregnancy in the 48-year-old woman, who is nine weeks pregnant.

Her pregnancy means that egg freezing is now available in Minnesota, though it's a controversial technology that many say isn't ready for prime time.

Jacques Stassart of Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Associates in Woodbury is the woman's doctor. He says the technology is still experimental -- but the clinic will offer it on a case-by-case basis. He plans to market it to cancer doctors for young women at risk of losing their fertility from medical treatments.


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"In 2005, there were more than 104,000 births in the United States to women ages 40 through 44, and over 6,500 to women 45 and older. In 2004, there were 1,786 live births to women over 42, using donor eggs."

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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