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The Medicine Woman Pays a Visit to the Fertility Clinic

The Medicine Woman Pays a Visit to the Fertility Clinic

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English actress Jane Seymour is probably most famous today for her role as the star of the hit 90s TV program, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. While this British beauty may be remembered as Dr. Michaela Quinn, her acting career began long before the series, in 1969. Seymour is a well-acclaimed veteran actress who has branded her own furniture line and cosmetics line, and written several books. She is an ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, as well as an advocate for a number of other charities.

Now that Seymour is in her early 60s, her personal life has finally become more private. However, throughout the 90s, it was a different story, as her private affairs were under much scrutiny by tabloids and her fans. Seymour has been married a total of four times, and has two children by her third husband, David Flynn, a businessman who she was married to for 10 years. In 1995, when Seymour was 44 years old she became pregnant again with twins with her fourth and current husband, James Keach. To educate women about how difficult it can be to get pregnant at an older age, Seymour went public about her use of fertility treatments to conceive her twins.

Jane Seymour and Fertility

After the age of 35, the chances of a woman conceiving naturally decrease; a woman's fertility continues to decline, the older she becomes. Therefore, when Jane Seymour announced she was pregnant with twins at the age of 44, most people suspected she had probably received some medical help. Seymour underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is the process of fertilizing a woman's eggs with a man's sperm in a laboratory. The embryo is then placed in the woman's uterus, at which point it will continue on to mature naturally. Often times, two to three embryos are implanted in the uterus with the hopes that at least one will result in pregnancy. In Seymour's case, two embryos formed, resulting in twins. However, Seymour miscarried twice and tried several IVF treatments before finally becoming pregnant.

Fertility treatments such as IVF are good news for many women, as careers, traveling, and other life occurrences push the average age of childbirth to much later in life. Jane Seymour's decision to have more children so late in life sparked some controversy, as the pregnancy took a toll on her body. She suffered from preeclampsia, which is dangerously high blood pressure, and ended up having an emergency c-section; her boys were also born six weeks premature. Today, however, Jane Seymour's family is healthy and happy, and she even wrote a book on her journey through infertility and pregnancy called, "Two at a Time: Having Twins".

If you are facing difficuly getting pregnant, contact a fertility specialist in your area.

Image sources: Jane Seymour playing games with the twins, with the twins when they were babies

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