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An Illinois woman is celebrating the fact that she's expecting a baby. But what's unusual about Kathy Blattner's pregnancy is that she's 62 years old and became pregnant using eggs donated by her daughter, who is also expecting.

Kathy and Sarah tell KXAN that it's a lot like the move 'Father of the Bride' in which a mother and daughter were both pregnant at the same time.

Kathy and her second husband, John Blattner, met and got married when they were both in their 40s. At that stage in her life, she was unable to get pregnant on her own so they opted for invitro fertilization. Kathy became pregnant using eggs that were donated by a cousin and the Blattners now have a 12-year-old son.

But the couple decided they wanted another child. Kathy, then in her late 50s, sought  the help of many fertility doctors but was told no because of her age. Guidelines by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine say women over 55 should not have children, citing health risks for both the mother and child and concerns about the mother's life expectancy.

But the Blattners found Dr. Sherman Silber, who felt that Kathy was an exception to the rule.

“Older women on average tend to have more confident, more intelligent babies,” Silber said. “And that’s because they’re focused on the baby in the early years of life when everything happens.”

With the help of her daughter Sarah who donated her eggs, Kathy became pregnant when she was 60 and the couple now has a 2-year-old son. Sarah is from her first marriage, so she shares no DNA with her husband.

Now, at the age of 62, Kathy is once again pregnant, and looking forward to having another baby in April of 2021.

We say "congratulations" to both women and send our hope that they both have beautiful, healthy babies.

 

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