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Good Karma

a blog by Krissi McVicker, October 15, 2012

When I discovered many wonderful apps for children, I downloaded them to my iPhone for the random moments we need to keep the kids occupied. Then, my children wanted to use it all the time and when it became too much, I decided to get them an iPod Touch of their own to share. Well, recently, they lost it and when it didn't turn up for a while, I figured it was gone for good. Until I got an e-mail from an honest good Samaritan who told me he found it. After a few e-mails back and forth, we met and when I got it from him, my kids were thrilled!

Program Provides Incentive for Single Embryo Transfers

a blog by Claire, October 11, 2012

Single embryo transfers are a hot topic these days.

Doctors at Los Angeles based Reproductive Partners Medical Group, Inc. have founded the Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) Encouragement Program as incentive for in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients to transfer just one embryo.

Using an Egg Donor in Los Angeles

Information on egg donation in Los Angeles

Older women undergoing in vitro fertilization tend to produce eggs that form embryos that are less likely to implant and more likely to result in miscarriage. This is why IVF with donor eggs is much more common among older women than among younger women. Eggs produced by women in older age groups form embryos that are less likely to implant and more likely to result in miscarriage if they do implant.

I Deserved a Baby

a blog by Lisa Rosenthal, October 9, 2012

I deserved a baby.
I did.
I had done all the right things, a few (ok, quite a few) wrong things.
But mainly, I had done enough of the right things, at the right time, in the right way.
I deserved a baby.
I was young. Healthy. Strong and fit. Even married. I was ready.
I deserved a baby.

New Egg Donor Orientation 101

Shelli DiCioccio, Sr. Case Manager, Northeast RegionThe Donor SOURCE, May 30, 2012

Here I sit, waiting nervously for the case manager from The Donor SOURCE to begin her new donor orientation session, informing all 25 of us soon-to-be egg donors, what we are to expect as a potential egg donor with The Donor SOURCE Agency.

I have already have completed my extensive profile, uploaded multiple pictures from when I was born to the present, my proof of identity, my transcripts from college and a thorough essay which is to explain to the Intended Parents, who I am. I am Lila, a 23 year old, Hispanic/Chinese young college student wanting very much to help a couple who are trying to have a baby. I know a little about egg donation, as my closest friend had many years of trying to have a baby. I remember distinctly, all the tears she shed, but not really ever explaining the pain of her journey with infertility. So here I sit, with much excitement and readiness, to begin my adventure to help a well deserving couple, who have known the emotional struggle like my friend.

The Wizardly World of Infertility

a blog by Krissi McVicker, October 8, 2012

Last night, I finally watched the last Harry Potter movie that my husband and I have been wanting to see for a while. I know the DVD came out nearly a year ago but finding the time (and mustering up enough energy) to watch a movie around here is a real luxury. Now, I've watched each movie but my husband actually read the whole series and loved them all. He was even reading a couple of them while we were going through our first rounds of IVF, which I'm sure was a welcomed retreat back then.

Nicole Kidman Opens Up About Infertility

a blog by Claire, October 4, 2012

In celebration of their 20th year, Who Magazine interviewed Nicole Kidman on love, heartache, and the joys of motherhood. The star reveals she suffered a bout of depression after her split from Tom Cruise in 2001, further exacerbated by her fertility struggles.

RESOLVE’s 15th Annual Night of Hope: The Infertility Oscars

a blog by Claire, October 3, 2012

Tuesday night was an event that some have colloquially dubbed The Infertility Oscars.

Each year, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, hosts the Night of Hope Gala in efforts to celebrate our achievements, acknowledge “heroes” in the field, and raise awareness for infertility.

Massage Therapy for an Easy(er) Pregnancy

a guest blog by Stacy Lazar at Zeel.com, October 2, 2012

While pregnancy can be one of the most beautiful and special times in a woman's life, accompanying factors like nausea, achy feet and fatigue can also make those nine months some of the most difficult to bear. We recently sat down with Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist Lisanne Franco of New York City to discuss how massage—specifically bodywork geared to the pregnant female body—can help to ease the process. Here's what you need to know.

Why I Love My Period, In Spite of Everything

a blog by Lisa Rosenthal, October 2, 2012

I love getting my period.

Let me say that again.

I love getting my period.

I love seeing the actual, physical evidence of my endometrial lining shedding. I love the discomfort and even the annoyance of having to manage the flow. Yes, I know there may be more thrilling things in life than menstruating. But maybe not when you’re trying to have a baby. And even that sounds backwards, doesn’t it? Why would I want to get my period if I want a baby? Wouldn’t I want to NOT get my period?

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