In the past 18 months, the doctors at this [single rural] clinic have helped 100 women older than 50 become pregnant. About 60 were able to carry those pregnancies to full term. Some of the women received eggs donated by younger relatives. Their husbands' sperm was used to fertilize the eggs in a lab, and the embryos were then inserted into the women's wombs.
|Rajo Devi Lohan, 72, and Naveen, 18 months|
(photo by Emily Wax/the Washington Post)
Not only is childbearing itself important, the pressure to have a male heir is crushing.
The cultural imperatives are enabled by the relatively low cost of IVF procedures.