Jerusalem — Beth (not her real name), an American who made aliyah in 1990 at the age of 28, says she always wanted to be a wife and mother.
Beth underwent her first artificial insemination procedure in Israel (treatments are free through the second live birth, till age 45) when she was 42 and the first of 12 cycles of IVF when she was 43. Though she became pregnant three times, she miscarried.
At 45, Beth took some time off to recover from the treatments and applied to adopt a child. A year and a half later, at her doctors’ advice, she tried conceiving with donor eggs. Since almost no egg donations were being carried out in Israel at the time, she flew to Kiev, to an Israeli/Ukrainian egg donor program. It didn’t work.
Still determined to become a mother, Beth flew to Kiev one more time and became pregnant with twins, who were born in 2009.
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