Two years after miraculous IVF treatment, a mother of 53 has twins.
Tara was born to Lan Ma from Pennsylvania on November 19th.
A donor egg and sperm was used to create the baby. This happened on the exact same day as Toby’s two-year-old brother Toby.
Although Tyler (17-17) and Thomas (19-19), are the children of project managers, Toby felt that Toby needed a biological sibling.
Lan Ma, 53, from Pennsylvania, has given birth to twins two years apart after miracle IVF treatment. Image of Tara when she was pregnant
Tara (pictured right, and Toby left) were conceived using IVF via egg and sperm donors. They did this on the same day that her brother Toby was two.
Lan stated that she was in excellent health and is healthy. “I had no complications, despite my age.” For me, age is just another number.
“I’m lucky that both frozen embryo transfers worked the first time, as long as I take care of my body.
“I was fortunate with Toby because he’s a happy, healthy boy and never cries. Tara is exactly the same.
“They appear almost identical. Their hair is the same colour and their noses the exact same.
Lan Ma, 53 years, with Tyler, 17-years old, holding Tara (pictured).
Tara was born via IVF with help from an egg donor and sperm donor. She had been born the same day as Toby, Tara’s two-year old brother. Pictured, Lan Ma after giving birth to Tara
Although Tyler (17-years old) and Thomas (19-19 years), the project manager, is also a father to Tyler (17 year old). He felt that Toby needed a biological sibling. Pictured, Tyler, 17, holding Tara and Lan Ma, 53
WHAT IS IVF?
First, medications must be used to stop the menstrual cycle. Then other drugs can be used to increase egg production.
A ultrasound scan is done to examine the eggs’ development and then medication is given to assist them in maturing.
After the egg collection, sperm is added via the vagina to the eggs.
Finaly, the fertilized embryo can be transferred into the womb and allowed to develop.
One IVF cycle can achieve an average success rate 32.33% for individuals under 35. It drops to 5.4% for women 43-44 and to 1.9% for those 45-plus.
While IVF may be most effective for women under 35 years of age, only 57% percent of IVF cycles involve older women.
Lan chose to become a single parent in 2018, because her children were getting older and she still felt a lot of “love to give”.
Initially, she spent $25,000 (£18,000) on sperm, eggs and medication for the donor followed by $3,500 (£2,640) for frozen embryo and transfer.
Tara was the ninth embryo to be created in June 2018.
Lan explained that Tyler and Thomas begged Lan to have another child so Toby could grow up with their best friend and sibling. “As I am still young and insecure, I accepted the offer because it was unfair for Toby to be left alone.
“The embryo was frozen, and I became pregnant through embryo transfer February 20, 211.
“It was gestational diabetes that Toby caused so Tara started me on insulin at 14 weeks.
“But apart from that all was under control throughout my pregnancy.
Lan claims that the pregnancies she had in her 50s were “smoother” than those in her 30s.
She said that she had terrible morning sickness and was still suffering from it with Tyler and Thomas. I felt fine throughout, but this time it was much more relaxed. This is what I believe is the reason both babies are happy and chilled.
“I’m not worried about getting to my 70s while they are in 20s.
“I don’t believe there are any reasons to believe that I will become frail or weaker as I am more healthy now than in my 30s.
I eat right, exercise daily and meditate regularly which has helped me to feel calm and peaceful.
Lan made the decision to be a single mom in 2018, as her oldest children were getting older and she had lots of love to give. Pictured, Tara’s embryo was from the same batch as Toby
Tara was the ninth embryo to be created during June 2018. Pictured, Tara meeting Toby for the first time
Lan added: “I feel fit and healthy, with lots of love to give. So having Tara and Toby felt right.”
“They’ll always have Thomas and Tyler as part of their lives. They are proud to be big brothers and sisters.
“I hope that when they reach their 20s they’ll have many nieces and nephews.
“I work remotely so that I can be there for my children whenever they need me.” It is my purpose in life to be with them throughout their development.
Lan claims that her pregnancies during her 50s were more comfortable than those in her 30s. Pictured, Tara was born on November 19
Lan explained that Toby (pictured, age two), was still young and she felt it unfair for Toby to be left alone.
Lan stated that Tara and Toby are almost identical and said they both have similar hair colors and noses. Pictured, Tara on the left and Toby on the right