Every day, I read about a dozen or so articles about read about fertility, infertility, surrogacy and/or pregnancy. I like to stay informed so I can offer the information up the information on the forums of FertileThoughts.com, in blogs or articles on FertilityAuthority.com. Lately, I have been increasingly disturbed by the number of fertility issues India seems to have, and I cannot reconcile in my head if this is the result of poor education, poverty or a culture desperate to pull themselves out of their situation.
"Late Night" host and Saturday Night Live alum Jimmy Fallon has become a Father. Three weeks ago, he and his wife producer Nancy Juvonen, welcomed a baby girl who they named Winnie. In what is frankly a nice change of celebrity-pace, there was no bump-watch, no tabloid speculation about cravings and birth plans, and no one in the public seemed to have even known that they were parents until after their daughter was born.
There are a few reasons this is more extraordinary than the average celeb-procreation (even more extraordinary than not hearing every detail of pregnancy and anticipating the impending baby like it's very existence is going to alter the course of the universe). One, in the last few days Jimmy Fallon said to the public, to paraphrase, 'yup, we used a surrogate'. Two, he gave an interview to Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show which aired in part this morning revealing that they indeed suffered through infertility and that oh yeah, by the way, it sucks.
While struggling to conceive can be emotionally trying, it is not an uncommon occurrence. Infertility affects roughly 10 to 15 percent of reproductive-aged couples, and Los Angeles celebrities are no exception.
Over the last few years, more and more celebrities have spoken out about their infertility issues. Some used fertility drugs, others used IVF, and still others turned to surrogacy—all fertility treatments that are offered by Los Angeles fertility doctors throughout the area.
WANTED: Italian sperm donor who prefers women who dress in outrageous outfits, including raw meat evening gowns, latex t-shirts and a headpiece shaped like a lobster.
Singer Lady Gaga once wore a dress made out of bacon. The pop queen once sported an outfit made from bubbles and later caused a fashion stir with her unique Kermit the Frog dress. But now expect to see some Italian flair added to her unusual wardrobe … maybe in the next nine months or so.
In a recent article, the singer stated that she wants to conceive an Italian baby through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Although her boyfriend — Vampire Diaries star Taylor Kinney — is not Italian, the star would like to conceive the baby using Italian donor sperm. “I want a baby from an Italian — possibly Sicilian — donor,” the singer said in a statement. She went on to say that she hopes to be a mom by the end of the year.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is planning to end funding next year for the Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign. The nonprofit Nightlight Christian Adoptions has offices in California, and South Carolina and provides domestic and international adoption services. hrough its Snowflakes Frozen Embryo Adoption and Donation Program, it also arranges adoptions of embryos. Since 2002, the center has received a number of federal grants through the Embryo Adoption Awareness Campaign, which was instituted during the administration of President George W. Bush.
Many of my early childhood memories are of preparing family meals in the kitchen.
I remember the excitement of donning an apron and opening the big spiral-bound cookbook with my mother. Anticipation and an atmosphere of togetherness filled the air as we followed the directions and measured the ingredients.
One of my mother’s favorite expressions was “a watched pot never boils.” I could not, however, fully comprehend the meaning of this mantra until I craved a “bun in my own oven."
Dr. Grant Patton of the Southeastern Fertility Center in Mount Pleasant arrived in the Lowcountry during the 1970s recession. Charleston was very welcoming, Patton said, but infertility treatment wasn't a common practice. He was able to launch his infertility program from a small Charleston office in 1984. Morgan Meece was the state's and Patton's first baby born from in vitro fertilization.
It is described as one of the fastest growing areas of medical "tourism" although that is a word none of those undertaking this journey like to use. Growing numbers choose to take the overseas route to pregnancy, driven by a desperate desire to have a child of their own.