"55-year-old mother of triplets"

This is yet another media story about what we shouldn’t be doing in third party reproduction.

The decision to transfer 3 embryos (created from eggs from a young donor) into a 55 year old woman, and (predictably) resulting in the premature birth of triplets is clearly a problem.  This will inevitably have implications for the health of these babies (they have already spent the first 11 weeks of their lives in hospital) and their parents will be in their late 60s before the children even complete primary school.  In my view this is exactly why we need strong regulatory frameworks around our fertility treatments – to protect parents, donors and surrogates, but also the babies who are born as a result of these medical developments.