Posts Tagged ‘third party reproduction’

Japan: Births involving donor eggs has tripled since 2009

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Japan: Births involving donor eggs have more than tripled over the past three years, a government survey says.

According to a survey conducted by a health ministry study group, the national birth rate for donor eggs rose to 0.051 percent in 2012, compared with 0.015 percent in 2009.

The survey, carried out by a group led by Keio University professor Yasunori Yoshimura, found that donor eggs were involved in 117 births.

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California Set to Lift Restrictions on Egg Donation

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

California is set to pass a bill that would allow payments over and above ‘direct expenses’ to be made to women who donate eggs for research. The bill promises to increase the supply of eggs to scientists studying reproduction, but will not eliminate restrictions on research supported by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in San Francisco, a major funder of stem-cell research in the state.

After passing in the California State Assembly on 2 May, the bill is likely to be subject to a vote in the state senate as early as Thursday, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama, which represents fertility clinics and researchers, and pushed for the bill. “We expect this bill to pass and the governor to sign it,” says Sean Tipton, the society’s public-affairs director.
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Louisiana: Surrogacy births bill heads to Gov. Jindal for decision

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Surrogacy births in Louisiana will be subject to a new legal and regulatory framework if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill that received final legislative passage Sunday with an 87-8 House vote.
Jindal hasn’t said whether he will support the measure, but he regularly sides with the conservative Louisiana Family Forum, which opposes the bill as “not pro-life or pro-family.”

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Law & Order’s Elisabeth Rohm Opens Up About Infertility Issues

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Best known for her role on Law & Order, actress Elisabeth Rohm has lived her life in the spotlight for years. In the midst of a successful TV career, the blonde beauty secretly struggled with infertility.

In an exclusive interview with Life & Style, the 40-year-old opens up about her hard earned win to become a mother.

Initially planning to keep her fight to get pregnant a private matter, Elisabeth admits that the honesty of other celebrities inspired her to share her own story in her new book Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not as I Expected).
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10 Words That Describe Infertility

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Huffington Post: Recently, I wrote a post about the hilarious and exasperating journey of parenting small children. But for seven harrowing years of infertility, my wife Mary and I would have given anything to have children, no matter how hard it was.

Here are ten words I would use to describe how infertility feels:

1. Lonely
We saw couple after couple get pregnant before us, our best friends included. When they told us, we high-fived them, then we went home, and hardly knew what to say to each other. We felt lost, sad, and even lonelier than before. We were excited for them; we were just very sad for us.

It’s okay to go home and cry your eyes out when your friends get pregnant.
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Asian egg donor shortage in UK “forcing couples abroad”

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

An increasing number of childless Asian couples are travelling to India for fertility treatment because of a shortage of south Asian egg donors in the UK.

One couple who made the journey to India are 54-year-old Sunil and his wife Smita, 49 (their names have been changed) from the West Midlands.

Like one in six couples trying for a baby, the pair – a professional couple who married in their 40s – experienced problems conceiving. Their only hope of becoming parents is through IVF treatment using a donated egg.
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Article: Infertility and the media

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

It used to be that characters on popular television shows would find out in one episode that they’ve miscarried or can’t have children for one reason or another and in the next episode, they are adopting. Is any progress being made?
It was frustrating that they didn’t cover treating infertility or they treated it so lightly that no one could really grasp how all-encompassing the process truly is, but it may be changing for the better.

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Google Hangout- The Truth Behind Surrogacy and Egg Donation

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Huffington Post- There are many misconceptions about the dollars & cents involved in third-party reproduction. Treating infertility can be both expensive and emotionally difficult for couples in need. Surrogates and egg donors weigh in on joys and the obstacles. Check out this segment that covers the various perspectives of the experience, parent, surrogate and donor.

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Halle Berry’s Pregnancy: The Real Deal on Fertility in Your 40s

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Bombshell Halle Berry dropped a bombshell of her own recently. The 46-year-old actress, the first African American to win a Best Actress Academy Award (for Monster’s Ball in 2002), announced she Berry, who has said she has type 1 diabetes, has a daughter, Nahla, 5, from a previous relationship. She is expecting her second child with fiancée Olivier Martinez, who is 47.

“I feel fantastic,” the former Bond girl told CNN. “This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth. Thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me.”

Berry’s happy news has been a surprise to some infertility experts, as well. It’s caused one to issue this caution to the woman on the street: “We don’t want the 38-year-old woman deferring childbearing to take this as proof that they can easily conceive naturally in years to come,” says Joshua U. Klein, MD, medical director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York-Brooklyn.
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Father of IVF Robert Edwards Passes Away

Monday, April 15th, 2013

(LONDON) — Robert Edwards, a Nobel laureate from Britain whose pioneering in vitro fertilization research led to the first test tube baby and has since brought millions of people into the world, died Wednesday at age 87. Read about the history of this notable figure in reproductive health.

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