Posts Tagged ‘Fertility SOURCE companies’

‘Why can’t I have a baby on my own?’

Monday, May 24th, 2010

In the UK, The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act of 1990 underwent a major overhaul in 2008, and single women were given the right to receive IVF treatment with donor sperm. And as of last month unmarried and same-sex couples can apply for a parental order for a child delivered by a surrogate. This order formally transfers parenthood from the surrogate mother. Yet single persons seeking to become parents through surrogacy have been deliberately excluded from this measure.

A single woman from London shares her experiences with us.


Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The long-awaited ode to the little ones is finally here, we’ve seen it and it is wonderful!! Take your Mom, take your partner, take yourself- it’s worth it. Fanning out around the world — to the plains of Mongolia, the dusty grasslands of Namibia, the high rises of Tokyo and the streets of San Francisco. The film’s subjects are hard to understand and nearly impossible to resist. They project weakness and innocence, yet they also possess almost terrifying powers. And they are just so gosh-darn cute!

Read the New York Times review

How Long Is Too Long To Wait?

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

An iVillage article examines the question looming in the minds of many of us. In 2006, some 27 percent of women who’d given birth within the last year had a bachelor’s degree, compared to 19 percent in 1990.

“One of the reasons women have children later in life–and that is probably a very, very good thing–is because they have more education,” says Claudia Goldin, Ph.D., a Harvard economist. “They are pursuing careers that require upfront investments and can put off having kids, which they couldn’t in 1965 or 1970 because they didn’t have the technology. So it doesn’t matter that they’re having them later; they’re actually having them.”

Women are waiting longer to start their families, but how long is too long?

Take Charge: 7 Things You Can Do in 7 Days

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

National Infertility Awareness Week is a movement to raise awareness about the disease of infertility which affects 7.3 million Americans.

In recognition of National Infertility Awareness Week, reflect on your own relationship to this disease and take this week to take charge in your own way.

Take Charge: 7 Things You Can Do in 7 Days

***Educate yourself. Do you need to see a specialist?

***Design a plan. Insurance info, options, support, we got you covered.

***Become an advocate. No matter why you care, it’s easy to make an impact.

***Get inspired. Read an entry from our What IF: Bloggers Unite Project.

***Impact your community—volunteer, host a support group, raise awareness.

***Navigate the Costs of Family Building

***Find Support. Do you need help coping with your infertility diagnosis?

Join the movement

Why Israeli gays opt for US surrogate births

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Despite the country’s reputation as a world leader in reproductive technology, surrogacy is illegal for same-sex couples. A recently failed appeal challenging surrogacy laws serves as another setback for the gay community in Israel, forcing many couples to seek costly alternatives abroad.

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Three-way IVF could one day help prevent serious disorders

Friday, April 16th, 2010

A new technique enables scientists to replace damaged mitochondria during IVF. Nuclei from the dad’s sperm and the mom’s egg, which hold the parents’ DNA, are removed, and the defective mitochondria are left behind. The nuclei are then placed into another egg that has had its nucleus removed but that still has its mitochondria.

While mutations in the mitochondrial DNA usually don’t cause serious illness, about one in 6,500 babies is born with mitochondrial disease that’s reponsible for serious and often fatal disorders such as heart failure, according to the BBC.

First Open Embryo Donation Program to Launch in Canada

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Major strides this week in Canada for individuals and couples facing infertility. Canadian law prohibits compensated egg donation and surrogacy, making an infertility diagnosis an even greater struggle than for those in the US. Beginnings Family Services, a not-for-profit charity, has launched Canada’s first Embryo Donation Program giving couples the opportunity to donate their remaining embryos to infertile couples hoping to become parents. This altruistic donation offers embryos a chance for life, and hope for thousands of infertile Canadians.

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In The News- Egg Donor Compensation

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

There has been renewed media interest in this subject of late. The story remains much the same as it did a decade ago. There are those agencies who strictly adhere to donor compensation guidelines set forth by ASRM, and then there are “the others”; those who generate controversy and public ire, and cast a shadow over what should be an exercise of compassion and generosity.

A tip of the the hat to agencies in the former category…

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London seminar offering free IVF from Virginia clinic sparks controversy

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

A “raffle”held at a recent infertility seminar in London sponsored by an American fertility practice has generated tremendous controversy this past week. The seminar awarded one attendee a free IVF cycle as well as the use of donor eggs from an American donor. The event has drawn fierce criticism and outcry from American and British infertility experts and bioethicists.

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Turks barred from receiving sperm or egg donations abroad

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Turkish women seeking help becoming pregnant have had their options further limited by a new regulation preventing the obtaining of sperm or egg donations abroad. The rule amends an existing law barring such procedures domestically; women who break it could face up to three years in prison.