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Who Wants to Adopt Their Own Child? No One!

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<b>And in California, Michael Jackson didn't have to.</b>

a blog by Theresa Erickson, Esq.

There are still people out there talking about how Michael Jackson did not adopt his own children born of a surrogate and his (maybe) wife. I am dumbfounded that the legal community has not opened their eyes to the fact that this is not something that is needed when surrogacy is involved in California. I have addressed this issue several times, but I think that it needs one more round.

How's Your Baby Chi?

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<b>Feng shui your bedroom!</b>

a blog by marie lee

I’m a big believer in feng shui (the Asian belief that the way you arrange things in a room can affect things). That is, ever since my poet friend was hanging out in my office and said, “Man, the writing feng shui of your office is ba-a-a-a-ad.” Not exactly a believer, I still grabbed him by the lapels and screamed, “What do you mean by that????” The thing was, I was having a bit of writer's block at the time.

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If Only I Was as Brave as Jackie Barr

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<b>An egg donor tells her story.</b>

a blog by the editors

Knowing what I know now, I'd like to think that if I was younger (at 46, I've maxed out) I'd be an egg donor. I'm not sure I'd really be brave enough (probably not) but I'd like to think I could muster up the courage. And that's what it really takes: Courage.

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Love & Infertility

by Kristen Magnacca

During a recent conversation with one of my coaching clients, I noticed was that she was just plain angry. After six years of trying to conceive, her journey was filled with heartbreak. She’d had surgery, clomid cycles, IUI and progressed to IVF where she achieve three pregnancies that resulted in miscarriages.

Her anger was echoed through her words but the one statement that struck me was how she felt that she “had done everything right and still had no baby.”

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You're Angry. We Get It. Try this recipe to move through the pain.

Fertility Treatment the Second Time Around

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<b>Is anything better on try No. 2?</b>

a blog by murgdan

Is anything better the second time around?

It’s been said that subsequent pregnancies are never as thrilling as the first. The woman who shunned soft cheeses and sushi sneaks Tekka Maki and downs her Greek Salad with chunks of feta. Her second child gets away with things the firstborn didn’t dare dream about doing.

The same thing is true for fertility treatments.

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Reike for Fertility

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<b>The benefits of acupuncture, without the needles!</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Some women tell us that although they would love to try acupuncture, they are afraid of the needles and can’t ever imagine trying it. Reike, a Japanese word that is the combination of two characters that represent Spirit and Energy is often just the ticket for our needle-phobic friends!

In this holistic therapy, the practitioner acts as a conduit for bringing universal life-force energy (prana or chi) into the body of the recipient. It is a very simple, non-invasive process where the practitioner lays his or her hands upon the patient and energetically infuses this life energy into the body. The patient is fully clothed and the therapy is usually done on a massage table in a very relaxing, quiet environment.

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MAM for Fertility

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<b>Is your uterus out of balance?</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Have you ever heard about MAM on a TTC blog and wondered what the heck it was? Mayan abdominal massage is a non-invasive, external massage technique used to guide and reposition the internal abdominal organs for optimal health and well-being.

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Astrology for Fertility, Just for Fun

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A taste of the esoteric.

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

As you may know, we work with medical fertility doctors to integrate holistic treatment seamlessly into medical fertility treatment. Today, many holistic services such as acupuncture, massage, nutrition and yoga have clinical research that validates how they might increase blood flow into a woman’s reproductive organs, regulate hormones, help induce the relaxation response or, perhaps, even enhance conception rates (as acupuncture suggests).

Reproductive Legal Update


by Melissa Brisman, Esq.

This month’s update begins with some interesting information for infertile individuals and couples struggling with insurance coverage for their reproductive arrangements. Next, we look at exciting legal developments for lesbian couples across the country. Finally, heading down to Florida, this month’s update makes note of a comment from Governor Charlie Crist with regard to Florida’s longstanding ban on same-sex adoptions in the state.

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August 2009 reproductive rights watch.

TTC Chronicles


by Jill Blakeway for DivineCaroline.com

Trying to get pregnant and not succeeding can feel very disempowering and out of control. As an acupuncturist, I like to encourage my patients to participate in their own healing and have found that one way that women can profoundly affect their own fertility is to maintain a healthy weight.

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How weight affects fertility.

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