The Baby Industry

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In Spain this week, the world's oldest new mother gave birth to twin babies at the age of 67, as the age of possible motherhood rises higher and higher.  The fastest growing age group for motherhood is no longer 20-year olds but women in their 40's, all due to advancing fertility treatments. But the technology is developing faster than the answers to troubling questions about medicine, ethics and society as a whole.  What does the high-tech fertility industry mean for a woman's health and her baby's future? What are the social and ethical consequences of a new kind of business?  We talk to doctors, ethicists, an egg donor and a mother of children born from the eggs of another.

Credits

Guests:
Debora Spar - Professor at Harvard Business School, David Adamson - Director of Fertility Physicians of Northern California, Gayle (anonymous) - Mother of twins, Jessica Ward - Cinematographer, independent filmmaker and egg donor, Kathy Hudson - Director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins Univerity

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Christian Bordal, Dan Konecky, Karen Radziner