Entries in Birth (2)


A Baby Girl for French President Sarkozy and Wife Carla Bruni

JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- First lady of France Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and her husband President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed a baby girl Wednesday.

The child -- the first to be born to a sitting French president, reports The Guardian -- was born Wednesday evening at the La Muette clinic in Paris.

While no official statement has been given on behalf of France's first family regarding the birth, media reports say President Sarkozy flew from Germany, where he was in talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel about Europe's looming financial troubles, to Paris to see his new daughter.

While this is the first birth of a child for the couple, it is the second for Bruni-Sarkozy, and the fourth for President Sarkozy.
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Japanese Politician Sparks Maternity Debate After Giving Birth at 50

Photo Courtesy - Koichi Kamoshida /Getty Images(TOKYO) -- A 50 year-old Japanese lawmaker gave birth Thursday to a baby boy conceived through in vitro fertilization, igniting a fierce debate in a country with conservative views on maternity issues.

A veteran member of parliament for the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, Seiko Noda sought an American egg donor after years of unsuccessful fertility treatments and several miscarriages.  In vitro fertilization is virtually banned in Japan and it is not covered by any Japanese laws.

"I thought about adopting a child, but I hit a wall," Noda said in a recent interview with Vogue Japan.  "I was told that considering the future of the child, it wasn't possible to do that for a woman who is almost 50, like me.  An egg donor was the last resort."

The lawmaker once hailed as Japan's most likely first female prime minister has been very public about her struggles.  In 2004, she detailed her unsuccessful treatments in a book titled Watashi Wa Umitai or I Want To Give Birth.

Noda's plight has shed light on the lack of options available for Japanese women seeking egg donors and surrogate mothers.

The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, an official doctors organization forbids the use of surrogate mothers.  Japanese law requires the mother carry the baby during pregnancy.

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