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Woman, 65, Gives Birth To Healthy Baby Boy In Israel

| by Michael Allen
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Haya Shahar, 65, gave birth to a baby boy on May 18 in Kfar Saba, Israel, making her the oldest woman to have a baby in the country.

The Jerusalem Post reports Shahar was unable to have children during her 46-year marriage, but was able to do so now because of in vitro fertilization.

Shahar gave birth to a 5.9 pound baby via cesarean section at the Meir Medical Center.

Dr. Tal Biron, a OB-GYN at the hospital, said, "We do not recommend this. It is illegal to perform in vitro fertilization on a woman of this age, and it is dangerous. There are many possible complications. Pregnancy is an unnecessary burden on the mother’s body."

Biron added, “We were very excited during the delivery. I have no doubt she will be an excellent mother. She is a very special person. The baby is very cute.”

According to the news website Arutz Sheva, Shahar and her husband, Shmuel, "are Nadvorna hassidim" and "attributed the miraculous birth to a blessing from their rabbi."

The Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies, says the approximate chance of giving birth to a live baby through IVF over the age of 41 is between 13 and 18 percent, notes the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Arutz Sheva, U.S. National Library of Medicine
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