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52y patient 12w pregnant with own eggs

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 3 comments

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I have just got back from my two weekly trip to my Chinese doctor in London.

She ONLY deals with fertility issues.

Her whole practice is geared to helping patients to try to get pregnant.

One of her nurses told me they currently have a 52 year old patient, who was 12 weeks pregnant.

I said oh must be DE [donor egg], but they assured me NO, it was not and it was her own eggs!



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I have a family member who is a medical doctor for Indian Health Service.

She serves indigent Native American women.

I can tell you these women are not spending 30K to do donor egg.

Nor are they traveling to Spain and the Ukraine for bargain basement DE cycles (something they still wouldn't be able to afford!)

She said it is not uncommon at all to have women between 44 and 52 years old, delivering a baby.

Of course, they are not the majority; the majority of women who deliver babies are in their twenties.

Certainly fertility declines with age, and no one is arguing that.

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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 our 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 there will be no more babies in our house.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am sorry I disagree it is uncommon for women between the ages of 44-52 to deliver healthy children without the aid of donor egg.

    Science doesn't lie.

    Less than 5% of women in that age bracket have children with their own eggs.

  2. Anonymous says:

    lol, she kinda did say it wasn't the majority

  3. Anonymous says:

    How many even try to have a baby at a certain age ?

    Surely a fertility specialist also knows more than you ?

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