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Japanese Politician Gives Birth at 50

Japanese Politician Gives Birth to Baby at 50

She's 50 and a first-time mom! Japanese politician Seiko Noda welcomed her son today. According to the report:

Her long struggle to become a mother, with several miscarriages, has shone a spotlight on fertility treatment and egg donations, which are not covered by any laws in Japan, forcing couples to travel overseas to seek donated eggs.

The new mother said she's open to having more children — possibly a second or third. Medical advancements in fertility have made putting off motherhood an option for many ladies. Maria del Carmen Bousada became the world's oldest mom when she gave birth to twins at 66 in 2006. She died a couple years later causing some people to advocate age caps on fertility treatments.

While Americans have access to fertility methods and being a career-minded mother has become common that isn't true for women in other nations. The article said:

Noda told the Josei Seven women's magazine this week that, as a new mother, she would keep pushing pro-family policies aimed at raising Japan's birth rate. At 1.37 births per woman, Japan's fertility rate is now one of the world's lowest, a trend blamed on a widespread belief that women who give birth should quit their jobs, shortages of childcare centres and other systemic factors.

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