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Consider the Surrogate


Let’s consider the surrogate. This is a woman you expect to provide an optimal environment – internally and externally – for the nine months your baby is in utero. She is someone who is unselfishly giving her body over to you and your baby for three-quarters of a year. (Yes, she is being compensated.) Your surrogate is someone who will be part of your child’s story forever.

The Ethics Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recently issued a committee opinion entitled Consideration of the Gestational Carrier. The document, “considers the protective safeguards that need to be in place to ensure the ethical treatment of gestational carriers.” According to the document, gestational carriers:

  • Have a right to be fully informed of the risks of the surrogacy process and of pregnancy
  • Should receive psychological evaluation and counseling
  • Should have independent legal counsel.
  • Should be at least 21 and at least one birth
  • Have the right to appropriate medical care
  • Should be counseled on risks of multiple pregnancy if more than one embryo is transferred
  • Need to understand types of infectious disease screening, (And, intended parents need to understand limits of screening)

The Wonder Clock: Tracking Your Biological Clock as Art

a blog by Claire, June 22, 2012

For those of us old enough to remember the bicentennial year 1976, we may also remember the movie Logan's Run, a science fiction movie with Farrah Fawcett about a future society that manages population and consumption of resources by killing everyone who reaches the age of 30. The characters can't lie about their age because they were implanted at birth with a Lifeclock crystal in the palm of their hand, which changes colors as they approach their "Last Day."

Maybe the ticking of the biological clock is not quite so dramatic, but Mira Kaddoura, an artist in Portland, Oregon, has created The Wonder Clock, a stark website in purple and black that is counting down the end of her childbearing years — down to the second. Last we looked, she had 9 years, 6 months, 15 days, 21 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds … no, 56 seconds, 55 seconds, 54 seconds … well, you get the point. She also created a wearable piece of art, a belt with six screens, each showing a different unit of time.

Portland, OR

There is a lot of information to consider when researching fertility clinics in Portland, OR.

Portland, OR, Videos

In order to analyze the sperm, a sperm analysis can be done several times to ensure accuracy of the test results. If there is a reproductive issue with the male, time is a dependent factor on prospective treatment for the couple, explains Dr. Seth Levrant who participates in the clinic Partners in Reproductive Health in Munster, IN and Tinley Park, IL.

Dr. Richard Paulson, a fertility doctor with USC Fertility in Los Angeles explains how the hormones estrogen and progesterone can prepare the uterine lining for implantation of an embryo, even in women who have had ovarian failure or in menopause.

UCSF's Dr. Evelyn Mok-Lin discusses the role of egg freezing today.

Portland, OR, in The News

Fertility Nurse of the Month: Andrea Speck-Zulak, RNC, Clinical Nurse Manager RN, NP

Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Oregon Reproductive Medicine, Portland, OR, July 2011

FertilityAuthority is pleased to honor Andrea Speck-Zulak, RNC, Clinical Nurse Manager RN, NP, as Fertility Nurse of the Month. Speck-Zulak is the Director of Nursing at Oregon Reproductive Medicine.

The Path to Fertility Nursing

A graduate of San Jose State University, Speck-Zulak began her career as a labor and delivery nurse. When she decided she wanted more, she became a women's health nurse practitioner in 1980 and worked in an Ob/Gyn private practice. She saw patients in all stages of their lives — from the 18-year-old getting her first Pap smear to the 80-year-old woman, and she was intrigued by infertility and assisted reproductive technology.

Portland, OR, Clinical Trials

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Infertility related research studies in Portland

Clinical trials are studies that operate with a set purpose to study a specific variable. Clinical trials are important in the understanding and development of new diagnostic measures, fertility medications, fertility treatments, and procedures for people suffering from a variety of disorders.

Assisted Reproductive Technology Law in Portland

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Some fertility patients should consult with a specialized attorney

The field of infertility has sparked the growth of a new legal field, commonly referred to as Family Building Law or Reproductive Technology Law. New family-building options raise new legal questions because many of them use the services of a third party, including sperm donors, egg donors, or surrogates.

Infertility Support in Portland, OR

Counseling or therapy can be helpful when dealing with infertility

The road to family building through fertility treatment can be physically and emotionally demanding. It is common to go through a wide range of emotions during your treatment. You may find yourself feeling depressed one day, only to feel angry the next. Stress can also impact your relationship, especially if you and your partner do not agree about the extent of the fertility treatments.

Infertility Insurance in Oregon

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Insurance coverage for infertility treatment is not mandated in Oregon

The road to family building can be a costly one, especially since multiple courses or cycles of fertility treatment are needed. Unlike most other medical conditions, infertility issues are not automatically covered under most insurance plans. In fact, when many couples turn to their insurance plan to help shoulder some of the costs, they are often surprised at the lack of coverage provided.


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