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This week : maternity matters

Text by Eve IRVINE

Latest update : 2009-06-22

As France debates the pros and cons on surrogacy, HEALTH looks at the risks taken on by gestational carriers before looking at a the worrying rise in the number of caesareans. In Spain, a baby boy is born to save his brother.

In this edition of Health we begin at the home of Dominique and Sylvie Menneson, a couple who had twins, thanks in part to a surrogate mother in California. The practice adopted for years already in other countries is still causing debate in France.

Just a few weeks ago a baby boy was born in Spain, his birth a well designed process, to help his older brother who had a rare and serious blood disorder. It's the first time Spain allowed for the creation of embryos by IVF to be tested to ensure that they would be clean and suitable to save the sibling.


In the past 20 years the number of caesareans has risen considerably, accounting now for almost one in four births in France. HEALTH visits the Da Vinci maternity clinic which is pushing women to use more natural aids when giving birth.


And finally a number that might surprise you: half a million in the US, over 170 thousand here in France. That's the number of embryos being held in frozen suspension. They are a surplus from in vitro fertilization procedures and are stored sometimes for years on end.



Date created : 2009-05-17