We're Jim and Joy Meyers. For four years now, we've been trying to grow our family. Our fertility background is not unlike many of yours. After several “natural” attempts, we sought out the advice and care of fertility specialists in Portland, Oregon and New York City. With each failed attempt, the pressure to have a baby -- or to be happy without one -- has grown.
We each have developed our own ways of coping. Sometimes our coping mechanisms coincide, other times one person feels isolated and helpless.
Young military wives make popular surrogates, especially in California where, unlike other states, surrogacy is legal and case law protects parents' rights to hire women to carry their babies. Just as important to the would-be parents, military wives have access to military medical insurance called Tricare, which includes comprehensive prenatal care worth as much as $10,000.
While experimental fertility treatments like cryopreservation (the freezing and storing of eggs and embryos), harvesting immature eggs then maturing them in-vitro, and transplantation of ovarian tissue or entire intact ovaries, have gained ground over the past five years, IVF is still a time-consuming and expensive process — and one that holds no guarantees.
After a Los Angeles fertility clinic offered to deliver the ultimate in designer babies - letting parents choose eye, hair and even skin color - sparking a worldwide uproar, the clinic has decided to "suspend" its program.
On Monday, the clinic, The Fertility Institutes, posted the following announcement on its website:
EYE AND HAIR COLOR PROGRAM SUSPENSION
March 2, 2009
In a call-to-action to its members, RESOLVE speaks out against SB 169, a bill in the Georgia legislature aimed at regulating the state's fertility industry. A hearing on the bill before the Senate Health & Human Services Committee will take place on Thursday, March 5.
RESOLVE will be testifying as will a number of physicians in Georgia. RESOLVE and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) oppose the bill.
A friend who reads my GreenFertility blog mentioned that in her conception journey, with all the confusing info out there, she only trusts writers. I was intrigued by that (as I’m also a novelist and essayist). Elaborating, she said that writers just try to find the truth and don’t have any vested interests the same way, say, doctors, would. Also, our whole career is devoted to digesting and assimilating huge amounts of information.
Older males face higher risk of fathering children with medical problems, research finds
It wasn't all that long ago that any suggestion that a man had a "biological clock" like a woman, and should father children sooner rather than later, would have been given short scientific shrift.
Not anymore. Today, a growing body of evidence suggests that as men get older, fertility can and does decline, while the chances of fathering a child with serious birth defects and medical problems increase.