IVF proves a blessing, again; 56-year-old woman turns surrogate for her son, gives birth to a baby girl

Sharing in an interview, Nancy (the now grandmother) revealed that she was in labour for nine hours and finally delivered a healthy baby weighing 7 pounds and 12 ounces.

New Delhi: In-vitro fertilisation or IVF is proving a saviour for modern-day parents who may want to delay parenthood or might be a victim of infertility issues. With egg-freezing and evolved fertilisation techniques, many are living their dream of parenting at their desired age and time in life. But in surprisingly-pleasant news from Utah, it was recently reported that a 56-year-old American woman gave birth to her son and daughter-in-law’s child via surrogacy. The 56-year grandmother was a gestational carrier for the couple and she gave birth to her granddaughter named Hannah. The mother, Cambria Hauck, shared in an interview that she could not carry another pregnancy as she had previously delivered two sets of twins with led her to develop placenta increta – a condition wherein the placenta remains in the uterus. This led her to go through an emergency hysterectomy. The couple, Cambria and Jeff had planned to use their stored embryos from past fertility treatments for another baby – however, citing the risks, Jeff’s mother stepped in to turn a surrogate for the couple.

Sharing in an interview, Nancy (the now grandmother) revealed that she was in labour for nine hours and finally delivered a healthy baby weighing 7 pounds and 12 ounces.

What is IVF?

IVF or in-vitro fertilisation refers to the process of fertilisation wherein an egg or ovum is combined with a sperm externally to artificially assist the conception of a child. After the process, the embryo is placed in the uterus to artificially get pregnant. During IVF, matured eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and fertilised in a lab – the procedure is now gaining prominence in the world citing the increasing incidence of infertility among young people and a preference for delaying parenthood for a later stage in life.

IVF is an expensive procedure that does not guarantee a pregnancy.

What are the risks involved with IVF?

In a recently-reported case, a 23-year-old in New Delhi suffered a cardiac arrest while undergoing IVF as her ovaries unexpectedly swelled up more than expected. IVF, no matter how safe, can have certain risks involved. According to Mayo Clinic, some of the most common risks include:

  1. Premature delivery
  2. Low birth weight
  3. Miscarriage
  4. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
  5. Multiple births as more than one embryo are transferred to the uterus
  6. Birth effects
  7. Complications in egg-retrieval procedure
  8. Cancer
  9. Ectopic pregnancy

IVF and surrogacy are saviours for parents of this generation and the coming generations. And while the procedure is largely safe, it does not come without its risks. Therefore, it is advised to check with a doctor through and through before making a final call.

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