May 17, 2009

Specialist: Munro too old to be mother

A pregnant British woman who turns 67 in July is too old to be a good mother, a pioneer in the fertilization techniques of older women said.

Elizabeth Munro will become Britain's oldest mother when she gives birth next month to a baby enabled by fertilization specialists in Ukraine, The Sunday Times of London reported.

Severino Antinori, a researcher who pioneered in vitro fertilization techniques in older women, called Munro's decision risky because she might not survive to raise her child.

I respect the choice medically but I think anything over 63 is risky because you cannot guarantee the child will have a loving mother or family, he said.

Antinori treated Patricia Rashbrook, who gave birth at age 62 after receiving a donor egg. Rashbrook is the oldest woman to have giving birth in Britain.

Munro, a wealthy businesswoman, went to Ukraine for treatment because British doctors would not treat a woman her age.

Ukraine is one of the worst places, Antinori said. They don't do tests there. They're pretty adventurous, to say the least.