Celebrity IVF With Frozen Embryo: Celine Dion and Rene Angelil. Looking for celebrities who opted for in-vitro fertilization? We’ll give you one: Canadian superstar Celine Dion. We’re pretty sure you already know that she’s pregnant with her second child but what you probably didn’t know until now is that she conceived through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). And, get this, the embryo used for Celine’s latest pregnancy has been frozen for the last eight years.
The wonders of science, no? Implanted recently by Dr. Zev Rosenwaks of the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine, the embryo was kept frozen in liquid nitrogen. Dr. Rosenwaks reveals that freezing an embryo for that long period does not present a problem. Says the doctor, “There have been embryos that have been [frozen] for more than 10 years, and even more than 15 years, that have successfully thawed and resulted in a pregnancy.”
The fertility doctor also revealed that Celine and her husband, Rene, are very happy with the pregnancy and that everything’s going swell for the couple: “She is feeling well. So far, so good. I look forward to hearing the fetal heartbeat. René and Céline are both looking forward to a pregnancy that is a healthy one.”
Congratulations, Celine and Rene. We are so looking forward to your new baby. Related blog entry to fellow Famewatchers: read more about celebrity pregnancy?
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Elizabeth Adeney: Oldest Woman to Get Pregnant at 66 (posted 16 May 2009). Sixty-six-year-old Elizabeth Adeney, a very private British businesswoman, is becoming the center of media attention because she is on her way to setting a world record: the oldest woman to get pregnant and, if her pregnancy runs smoothly, the oldest woman to give birth.
Elizabeth conceived through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) after treatment from controversial Italian fertility doctor Severino Antinori. Says Elizabeth of the media attention: “I’m a private person and while I appreciate there may be some publicity I will just ignore it. This has been a very personal decision.”
The publicity is understandable given her unique circumstance but we’re sure hoping that the media attention won’t go overboard a-la Octomom.
Celebrity IVF With Frozen Embryo: Celine Dion and Rene Angelil. Posted 20 August 2009.