(ÃƒÂ¤Ã‚Â¸Ã…â€œÃƒÂ¤Ã‚ÂºÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¦Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â¥ÃƒÂ¦Ã…Â Ã‚Â¥) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â A woman in her 50s gave birth to her own grandchild last year in a host surrogacy on behalf of her daughter who was in her 30s. Her daughter had her uterus removed from cancer and was unable to bear a child. It is the first case in Japan that a woman has acted as a surrogate mother to give birth to her own grandchild. The baby was registered as a child of the surrogate mother and was later adopted by the daughter and her husband.
About the benefit of grandmother acting as surrogate mother, the director of the Suwa Maternity Clinic in Shimosuwa, Netsu said, “This is the most trouble-free way, I think, to avoid a situation where a surrogate mother refuses to hand over the child she delivered.”
Other two cases of surrogate births announced by Netsu in the past, which included the nation’s first such case announced in May 2001 involving a woman who gave birth to a child using the egg of her elder sister, who had had a uterus operation. After the 2001 announcement, a council of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare compiled a report in April 2003 suggesting a ban on surrogate births and punitive measures against violators, out of concerns that such births impose physical and mental strain on surrogate mothers and cause complications in family relationships.
The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology also stipulated in April 2003 guidelines banning surrogate births.