Editor's Note: This article has been updated on March 15, 2013
A technique for monitoring embryo development has been put into practice by 15 fertility clinics in the United States since it was first approved by the FDA in 2011. The first live birth resulting from IVF and Embryoscope culture was reported in 2012 by The Fertility Centers of New England and now the Cleveland Clinic has announced its first success: healthy twin girls born after utilizing the Embryoscope technology!
Anti-abortion activists, undaunted by a defeat last month in Mississippi, are pushing to get a "personhood" amendment on next year's ballot.The effort, while still in the preliminary stages, has in-vitro fertilization doctors and abortion-rights groups digging in for a fight.
Carolyn and Sean Savage — the couple who accidentally had the wrong embryo transferred during in vitro fertilization and turned the child over to his biological parents after he was born — announced that they are now expecting twins via a surrogate. The couple have three other children, and tried several times to have more children using harvested embryos. Due to issues she experienced in previous pregnancies, they decided to use a surrogate this time. The twins are due in August.
NEW YORK — An Ohio woman who gave birth to another woman's baby after a getting the wrong embryo implanted by a fertility clinic said in a television interview broadcast Friday that she can accept not having any more children.
Carolyn Savage told "Dateline NBC" that she has no regrets about carrying the baby boy and giving him to his biological parents, Shannon and Paul Morrell, who live in the Detroit suburb of Utica, Mich., after giving birth in September 2009. Savage didn't want to have an abortion and had no desire to raise the child.
The nation's 500,000 frozen embryos face a hotly debated future.
Researchers want them to help cure debilitating diseases, parents wonder whether they should be stored or destroyed, and still others see them as a way for infertile couples to adopt and become pregnant at the same time.
The last path is a little-known but growing option at the heart of a Monday ruling that bars federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. The Obama administration is expected to appeal the order, which was sought by Nightlight Christian Adoptions and others who oppose research that destroys embryos.
Some working moms are saying four kids is the new two
If popular culture were any indication, you'd think big families are back. Television shows like Jon & Kate Plus 8, 19 Kids and Counting and 9 By Design follow women whose outlook on kids seems to be the more the merrier. Plus, celebrities like Heidi Klum (four kids) and Angelina Jolie (six kids) make many-children motherhood look glamorous.
All of which raises the question: Are professional women shattering the two-children, nuclear-family norm?