Archive for the ‘egg donor’ Category

Emotional aid important when facing infertility

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Mara Kofoed was not always hopeful about having kids. When she first started trying for children in 2004, and learned that she had fertility issues, her life seemed full of fear and anxiety. She worried she’d never have children.

Kofoed is one of the 7.4 percent — 2.1 million — of married women aged 15-44 who are infertile, according to the Center for Disease Control. Infertility is defined as trying for pregnancy for 12 consecutive months without success. The study also shows 7.3 million women in this age bracket, or 11.8 percent, struggle with impaired fecundity, or the diminished ability to have children. While there are multiple medical options and remedies for women and men struggling with infertility, there is also a nationwide push toward often neglected emotional and spiritual treatments.
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So Eager for Grandchildren, They’re Paying the Egg-Freezing Clinic

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Another article on the intriguing new trend of parents contributing emotionally and financially to secure the reproductive futures of their daughters.

New York Times: At the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, a popular destination for women hoping to preserve their fertility by freezing their eggs, Dr. William Schoolcraft, the founder and medical director, has started to notice something different: more of the women are arriving with company.
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San Francisco Man Takes Extraordinary Steps To Have Son

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

I wanted to share a (timeless) heartwarming success story of one of our Intended Dads who became a father with the help of The Donor SOURCE & The Surrogacy SOURCE:

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) – Eight-month-old Santino Stavrikikis is impossibly cute. But the story of how he came to be is extraordinary.

Santino’s dad, 50-year-old Dino Stavrikikis runs a popular pizza parlor on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. He’s a confirmed bachelor with no plans to marry.

But he really wanted a son

So Stavrikikis looked for parenthood in a Petri dish. He would need two women, one for her eggs, and the other to carry his baby.

“The hard part was at the beginning, I wasn’t that internet savvy. But once I got a grip on it I was so determined,” Stavrikikis said.

It’s a complex way to make a baby, but it’s happening more often than in the past. Success rates are way up.

“Pregnancy rates have gone from 5–10 percent to now maybe 60-70 percent,” said Dr. Carl Herbert of the Pacific Fertility Center.

The key to success is a good egg.

Stavrikikis used ‘The Donor Source’ to find an egg. It’s a service that screens and lists women who will give up eggs for a fee.

For Stavrikikis, it wasn’t easy an easy pick.

“They could be pretty, but they could be crazy too. I’m already crazy. I don’t need another crazy one running around. I asked her questions – her sleep patterns, what she liked as a baby. I was shooting for the happiest and healthiest kid,” said Stavrikikis.

Read more here: “>http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/11/16/san-francisco-man-takes-extraordinary-steps-to-have-son/

Britain’s First Gay Dads Planning Sixth Surrogate Baby

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Britain’s first gay dads, Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, plan to expand their family with a sixth surrogate child.

The couple made history in 1999 when they became the UK’s first gay fathers to twins (a girl and a boy named Aspen and Saffron), through a surrogate mother.

Since the birth of their twins, the couple went on to have another son Orlando, 8, and twin boys Dallas and Jasper, 2.

However, the couple are now planning on expanding their brood – and want to use embryo sex selection to ensure they conceive a baby girl.

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Hoping to start a Modern Family: Sofia Vergara reveals she may freeze her eggs

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Modern Family star Sophia Vergara has revealed she is thinking about freezing her eggs so she can have a child with her partner Nick Loeb as she approaches 40.
The model and actress already has a grown-up son from her first marriage to her childhood sweetheart Joe Gonzalez in the early 90s.

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Beyonce (and other celebs), the media and fertility

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Is Infertility The New Frontier For Celebrity Gossip Coverage? For years now, celebrity pregnancy has been a growing business. Minor celebrities use their baby bumps to gain press coverage and positive PR. Major celebrities try to hind their bumps until just the right moment for the big reveal. (We all know Beyonce started a trend. I can’t wait til this year’s Oscars include an “I’m pregnant” acceptance speech.) And the unluckiest celebrities get to deal with tabloids and celeb sites constantly guessing whether or not they’re pregnant. Everywhere female celebrities go, babies are an ever-growing issue.

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South Africa tightens rules for foreigners to make families

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

JOHANNESBURG — In the wake of Madonna’s adoptions in nearby Malawi, and a commercial surrogacy boom in India, South Africa is laying out stricter rules for foreigners looking to make families here.
Last month a court in Pretoria set out guidelines for foreigners looking to hire a surrogate mother in South Africa. In 2010, a new child welfare law made it tougher for foreigners to adopt.

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Sperm donors think ‘father,’ egg donors don’t think ‘mother’

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The increasing number of children born through sperm donation, and the fact that many of those children are just now reaching adulthood, is leading to a revolution in the way we define families. A Tuesday Post story examined how children conceived this way are beginning to search for the donors.
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A New Openness For Donor Kids About Their Biology

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

First in a two-part report.

Women inseminated with a donor’s sperm used to be advised to tell no one. Go home, doctors said, make love to your husband and pretend that worked. But in a trend that mirrors that of adoption — from secrecy to openness — more parents now do plan to tell such children how they were conceived and are seeking advice on how best to do that.

Tina Gulbrandson understands the temptation of secrecy. She felt stigma and pain when she needed to use another woman’s eggs to get pregnant.

“You feel incompetent,” she says. “You feel like you failed, as a woman.”

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NPR: Nudging Young Women To Think About Fertility

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Since 2004, when Christy Jones launched Extend Fertility, the first U.S. company to market egg freezing as a lifestyle choice, thousands of people have contacted her and hundreds have undergone the procedure. But there’s a troublesome disconnect.

The average age of those inquiring is 34 1/2, an ideal time to put one’s biological clock on hold. But the average age of the women who actually freeze their eggs is 37 1/2, the upper edge of the recommended range.

“There’s a huge emotional barrier,” Jones says. Egg freezing “for a lot of women brings up the idea of love, marriage, motherhood, where they are in their life.”

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