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Meet the Meyers, in love, infertile

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Meet the Meyers, in love, infertile

a blog by Joy and Jim

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.

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Carrying Someone Else's Dream: Surrogacy

by Molly Hennessy-Fiske,  Los Angeles Times,  Mar 11, 2009
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Carrying Someone Else's Dream: Surrogacy

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.

RESOLVE, AFA: Help Stop SB 169!

RESOLVE,  Mar 10, 2009
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RESOLVE, AFA: Help Stop SB 169!

"The Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act," SB 169, was approved today by the Georgia State Senate Health and Human Services Committee and may make it to the Senate for a vote as early as Wednesday.

RESOLVE and the American Fertility Association oppose this bill and ask for your support in stopping the legislation. Here is a message from RESOLVE:

Georgia Bill to Limit IVF Passes First Hurdle - In a Different Form
Add Your Voice NOW to Stop This Bill!

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Coming to a Clinic Near You? Ovarian Transplants

by Tiffany Sharples,  TIME,  Mar 10, 2009
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Coming to a Clinic Near You? Ovarian Transplants

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.

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ASRM Prez: Regulating Treatment is "Bad Medicine"

Washington Times,  Mar 8, 2009
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ASRM Prez: Regulating Treatment is "Bad Medicine"

In a column in the Washington Times this weekend, R. Dale McClure, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, speaks out against the need to further regulate the fertility industry.

Clinic Suspends "Designer Baby" Program

by Judith Graham,  Chicago Tribune,  Mar 4, 2009
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Clinic Suspends "Designer Baby" Program

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

Thousands Protest GA Embryo Bill

by Associated Press,  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  Mar 5, 2009
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Thousands Protest GA Embryo Bill

“The Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act," SB 169, has been sent to a special 4-senator subcommittee for further study following a hearing on the bill in the Georgia state Senate today.

This action by the state Senate Committee for Health and Human Services "effectively means the bill is dead" for the current legislative session, but it's expected to be revived next year.

RESOLVE Says "No" to Pending Fertility Legislation

RESOLVE,  Mar 3, 2009
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RESOLVE Says "No" to GA Legislation

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.

Green Your Fertility!

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Green Your Fertility!

A Blog by Marie Lee

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.

Men Hear the Clock Tick, Too

by Kathleen Doheny,  U.S. News & World Report,  Feb 14, 2009
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Men Hear the Clock Tick, Too

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.

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