Archive for the ‘The Donor SOURCE’ Category

Donor Eggs Increasingly Used for IVF, With Rising Success

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

(HealthDay News) — The use of donor eggs — whether from family, friends or strangers — by infertile patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) has risen in the last decade, and results have been favorable, with an increasing number of healthy babies born at term.

Researchers evaluated data from the majority of U.S. fertility centers from 2000 to 2010, tracking the number of good outcomes — defined for the study as healthy single live births of infants delivered at term (37 weeks or later) and weighing 5.5 pounds or more.

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The Big Chill: Financial Planning for Egg Freezing

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Diane Kaplan knows she wants to be a mother one day.

But the 36-year-old software-company development director isn’t quite ready yet. She hasn’t found the right person to settle down with, and she doesn’t want her biological clock to dictate when she has to bear children.

So, this past April, the Cambridge, Mass., resident froze her eggs, undergoing a procedure to have them “harvested” from her body and stored until she decides to have a baby, when the eggs will be fertilized and reinserted. “This was a decision to buy time,” Ms. Kaplan says.

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Study: European Egg donors mostly motivated by urge to help others

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The majority of egg donors donate for altruistic reasons, although personal benefits such as financial compensation are also a factor, according to a large European study.

Researchers conducted 1,423 questionnaires across 11 countries in Europe, including Spain, the Czech Republic and Finland. They found that almost half of all egg donors were ‘altruistic’, and wanted to donate eggs solely in order to help others have children. A further third of women donated for altruistic reasons alongside the financial rewards offered.
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ASRM: Freezing Eggs for Fertility Works, Caution Urged

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Freezing human eggs can be successful in treating infertility — but guidelines issued Friday still urge caution for women hoping to pause a ticking biological clock.

Egg freezing had long been labeled experimental, but the American Society for Reproductive Medicine declared that’s no longer the case. The group cited studies that found younger women are about as likely to get pregnant if they used frozen-and-thawed eggs for their infertility treatment as if they used fresh ones.

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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.

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Dr. Richard Scott of RMA NJ Receives Prestigious Medical Achievement Award

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Fertility SOURCE Companies (The Donor SOURCE & The Surrogacy SOURCE) would like to shout out a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Richard Scott of RMA NJ – for receiving the Prestigious Medical Achievement Award From Bonei Olam.

The award recognizes Scott’s contributions to the Bonei Olam mission and his significant achievements in reproductive medicine. Bonei Olam is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to helping Jewish couples overcome the challenges of infertility. The award was presented at Bonei Olam’s Annual Boro Park Dinner on May 6, 2012

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“The Medical Achievement Award demonstrates our appreciation for Dr. Scott and his entire team at RMANJ and RMA Genetics. Bonei Olam has a close working relationship with RMANJ, and we have many patients in New Jersey who utilize their services,” said Chaim Jalas, Director of Genetics Resources & Co-Director Patient Services. “RMANJ’s cutting edge work has advanced the science in the field of reproductive medicine and helped to advance the cause of Bonei Olam.”

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire RMANJ team. Like Bonei Olam, we are dedicated to helping couples achieve their dream of parenthood,” said Dr. Scott. “In addition to having among the highest IVF success rates in the country, the team at RMANJ is keenly aware that everyone’s pathway to parenthood is unique and we work hard to address each patient’s particular needs.”

Added Dr. Eli Rybak from RMANJ’s Englewood office, “The team at RMANJ is sensitive to the many different cultural and religious needs of our patients and makes every accommodation possible to ensure that they are met. Specifically, we offer on-site Hashgacha upon request, and our physicians are eager and always available to speak with Rabbonim and Dayonim in the community to assure world-class treatment that is also rigorously Al Pi Halacha.”

About Bonei Olam Bonei Olam is an international organization dedicated to helping couples overcome the challenge of infertility. Bonei Olam is one of the leading agencies providing referrals for infertility related issues. Bonei Olam has built a rapport with the leading doctors and centers providing their clients the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment.

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey have pioneered and successfully implemented a cutting-edge technology, known as Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) to more accurately detect healthy embryos that will lead to successful pregnancies and ultimately healthy babies. Other centers have attempted similar testing methods, but RMANJ is the only fertility center in the world to have developed a system of unprecedented accuracy, fully validated through years of rigorous clinical research. RMANJ’s Comprehensive Chromosome Screening offers advanced embryo selection with extreme accuracy by detecting and avoiding use of embryos with chromosomal abnormalities prior to transfer and pregnancy.

The fertility experts at RMANJ have among the highest IVF success rates in the country. Since 1999, they have helped bring more than 20,000 babies to loving families. In addition to serving as the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ, the practice has six locations in New Jersey. For more information please call RMANJ at 973-656-2089, or visit

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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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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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Calgary: Ruling gives birth to rights for donor-conceived tots

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Last week, a landmark decision by the British Columbia Supreme Court finally acknowledged this emptiness by ruling that the children of anonymous sperm and egg (gamete) donors have the same rights as adoptees to access the identity and medical history of their unknown biological parents.

The court gave the province 15 months to enact appropriate legislation. In the meantime, no gamete donor records are to be destroyed or transferred outside of the province.

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Mind-Body Programs Boost Pregnancy Rates for IVF Patients

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

TIME: Infertility treatment is stressful: everyone else seems to be getting pregnant; why can’t you? So what if there were an evidence-based method that could dramatically increase the success of in-vitro fertilization, or IVF?
A new study published online in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that women who participate in mind-body training have a significantly higher pregnancy rate than women who don’t undergo training: 52% compared to 20%.

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