Friday, August 22, 2008

61-year-old Woman Gives Birth In Japan

A 61-year-old Japanese woman gave birth to her own grandchild, using an egg donated by her daughter, a clinic said Thursday.

Surrogate births are extremely rare in Japan and banned by industry groups, but they are not illegal. The Suwa Maternity Clinic in Nagano, northwest of Tokyo, refused to provide information such as the date of the birth or gender of the baby. News reports said the baby was born last year.

The clinic said it performed the procedure because the woman's daughter has no uterus, but didn't give details on why she had that condition. The surrogate mother used a fertilized egg donated by her daughter.

"Both surrogate mother and baby were fine," said Chihiro Netsu, a spokeswoman for the clinic.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Babies, babies everywhere!

• Ricky Martin is a father to twin boys born via a surrogate, his rep confirms to People magazine. "In recent weeks, Ricky Martin became a proud father by the birth of twin sons," his rep says. "The children, delivered via gestational surrogacy, are healthy and already under Ricky's full-time care," the rep said in a statement. "Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children." The boys' names and the location of their birth have not been released.

• It's another girl for Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana, his rep tells People magazine. "Matt and Lucy Damon had a baby girl named Gia Zavala on Wednesday, Aug. 20th. Everyone's doing great," says Damon's rep, Jennifer Allen. "She is a healthy baby girl." The newest addition is the third little girl in the Damon household, joining big sisters Isabella, 2, and Alexia, 10. Damon recently joked about living with so many females, telling USA Today from his home in Miami, "I'm so outnumbered down here, it's crazy."

• Jennifer Garner has finally acknowledged her pregnancy. At an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of Baby Einstein products in L.A. Wednesday, a USA Today reporter asked the actress, 36, about her upcoming projects. Garner then pointed to her baby bump and said with a smile, “This.” She wouldn’t reveal her due date, USA Today reports. "We're so excited, obviously," she told Access Hollywood. Garner and husband Ben Affleck — parents of daughter Violet, 2 — recently snapped up a $16 million house in the L.A.'s Brentwood neighborhood as they prep for their new baby.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Starter Wife's David Alan Basche and Alysia Renier Are Expecting

Starring in USA Network's The Starter Wife won't be the only joint project for David Alan Basche and Alysia Reiner. The couple is also expecting their first child together this winter, their rep tells People magazine.

Reiner, who starred in 2007's miniseries The Starter Wife, will be reprising her role on the network series this fall. Basche, also a regular cast member on NBC's Lipstick Jungle, will be joining the cast opposite Debra Messing as her character's ex-husband, Kenny Kagan.

Basche and Reiner first met during a summer theater program in Vermont several years ago. "The script said fall in love," says Bashe. "You don't argue with Shakespeare!"


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Egyptian Woman Gives Birth To Septuplets

An Egyptian woman gave birth to septuplets early Saturday in the coastal city of Alexandria, a hospital director said.

Ghazala Khamis, 27, was in good condition at the hospital after having a blood transfusion during her Caesarean section due to bleeding, said Emad Darwish, director of the El-Shatbi Hospital where she gave birth.

The newborns, four boys and three girls, weigh between 3.2 pounds and 6.17 pounds and are in stable condition, Darwish said. They have been placed in incubators in four different hospitals that have special premature baby units, he said.

"This is a very rare pregnancy _ something I have never witnessed over my past 33 years in this profession," Darwish said.

Darwish decided to carry out the Caesarean section at the end of Khamis' eighth month of pregnancy due to the pressure on her kidneys.

Khamis, the wife of a farmer in the northern Egyptian province of Beheira, already has three daughters.