A Woman Gave Birth To Baby That Was Conceived 25 Years Ago

December 20, 2017, 5:22 PM UTC
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LA JOLLA, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Embryologist Ric Ross holds a dish with human embryos at the La Jolla IVF Clinic February 28, 2007 in La Jolla, California. The clinic accepts donated embryos from around the country through The Stem Cell resource which are then given to stem cell research labs for research. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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A 26-year-old Tennessee woman just gave birth to a baby that was conceived not long after she herself was born.

Emma Gibson was conceived in 1992 but frozen as an embryo and donated to a Knoxville faith-based clinic that specializes in embryo donation, reports NBC News.

9 months ago she was successfully transferred to a woman via IVF, and Emma was born on November 25, 2017. Had it been born right after it was conceived 25 years ago, her mother notes “we could have been best friends.”

Fertility records are private, so there’s no official database to search to determine if Emma is the oldest baby to be conceived from an embryo, but experts think if she’s not the oldest she’s probably close.

Experts note that the age of the embryo doesn’t matter when it comes to conception. A frozen embryo is just as good as a fresh one, and as long as an embryo survives being thawed out it’s just as effective as any other.

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