Archive for November, 2011

The Surrogacy Source Makes Headlines!

Monday, November 28th, 2011

With the help of an Irvine agency, surrogate mothers say their motivation is to give life to infertile couples, not compensation. Jennifer Pearce, 29, with green eyes and a friendly smile, hoped for a perfect match when she posted her profile and photo online.

She described herself as optimistic, creative and loyal. She mentioned that she loves gardening, cooking and trips to the beach. Her favorite movie is “Gone with the Wind.” Pearce is happily married, and wasn’t looking for a romantic introduction. She was offering her womb to an infertile couple as a surrogate mother.
“I hope you will choose me and trust me with carrying your creation, your child,” she wrote. “Sincerely, Jennifer.”
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Ireland:Surrogacy guidelines to be issued next month

Monday, November 28th, 2011

MINISTER FOR Justice Alan Shatter is to publish official guidelines next month to assist parents who plan to have children via surrogate mothers abroad in a move aimed at preventing babies ending up in “legal limbo”.

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South African court sets out guidelines for surrogacy arrangements

Monday, November 21st, 2011

A High Court in South Africa has set out guidelines for judicial approaches to surrogacy arrangements in light of new family law legislation, which came into force last year.

The case concerned an application for confirmation of a surrogacy arrangement brought by the commissioning parents – Dutch and Danish citizens – but domiciled in South Africa. They were introduced to a surrogate by an agency known as Baby-2-Mom – an online egg donation agency that had operated since 2007 – which confirmed no funds had exchanged hands. It is understood the surrogate’s gametes will not be used.

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Surrogacy: Parenting the hard way

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The scene: a church hall in Oxford three years ago. My husband, Stephen, and I are attending a seminar for couples who want to adopt. A social worker stands beside a whiteboard and explains the process. I look around at the other couples. Their eyes are blank, puzzled. Some start to yawn while others scratch their heads. The social worker has become a tic tac man at a race course, frantically waving her arms, speaking a language that no-one understands. We all start to stare at our shoes. It’s becoming embarrassing – what are we doing here and who put these people in charge of something so important?

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Debate over sperm donor anonymity gets heated

Monday, November 14th, 2011

DENVER — When couples struggle with fertility, many of them turn to sperm donors to help them get pregnant.

This process has worked well for many families, but one woman, who used a sperm donor to have a child, says she thinks there should be changes made in the industry.

Wendy Kramer says her son always wanted to meet his biological dad, so she co-founded the Donor Sibling Registry, a website that allows donors and donor-conceived children to voluntarily connect. She says there are now 33,000 users and the website has made more than 9,000 connections.
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The Weak Link Between Stress and Infertility

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

If you’re a woman in America trying to get pregnant, you’ve probably heard about that long contentious list of all the things you’re not supposed to do that might hurt your chances of conceiving: Smoking. Drinking. Exercising too much. Not sleeping enough. Weighing too much or too little. Consuming too much caffeine or too many carbohydrates.
But the one getting a lot of media attention lately? Stressing out. Doctors and grandmothers alike have long suspected that a woman’s inability to relax is to blame for her infertility troubles. The theories range from the more scientific (stress might mess with a woman’s delicate hormonal balance and ovulation timing) to the homespun (stress isn’t nature’s best aphrodisiac and results in couples having less sex).

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I WAS too old when I had my baby, says IVF mum aged 61

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

A retired teacher who gave birth at 57 through IVF now admits that she was too old to have a child.
Susan Tollefsen sparked an ethical storm after becoming Britain’s oldest first-time mother when she had daughter Freya using sperm from her partner Nick Mayer, who is 11 years her junior, and a donor egg.
Now aged 61 and separated from Mr Mayer, she believes there should be an age limit of 50 for IVF treatment for women in the UK

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Will Mississippi Ban IVF?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

A ballot initiative to define embryos as persons in Mississippi’s state constitution could outlaw some in-vitro practices—and many women with fertility problems are panicking ahead of the November vote.
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