Eggs on Ice

A woman's fertility often peaks before she's ready to have babies. Does banking her eggs make sense?

Christia Murdaugh sounds like a typically proud mother when she talks about her little girl Sydney Grace-Louise. "She loves school. She loves to sing. She loves to run and play." But Sydney is hardly your typical 4-year-old. And Christia, 33, is only slightly exaggerating when she calls Sydney her "miracle baby."

That's because when Sydney was born on May 8, 1998, she made medical history as the first child in the U.S. born from her mother's frozen egg. While thousands of children had already been produced from frozen embryos, only one other child in the U.S. had been born from the...

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