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You, and me, and parent number three

FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization, making "designer babies". This is explored with the goal of preventing mothers from passing on debilitating genetic diseases to their children. Daily Mail says 30 GM human babies have already been born in the United states. Half of them developed defects so the FDA stepped in.
posted by dabitch on Feb 24, 2014 - 61 comments

When he was conceived, Bill Clinton was president.

Liam Burke is a baby. He has just learned to crawl. He was conceived through in vitro fertilization, one of several embryos made for his parents, and kept in a freezer. What makes Liam special is how long he was in that freezer: the embryo that became Liam Burke was kept "on file" for 19 years.
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 5, 2013 - 49 comments

As I thought

Despite what you heard as a kid, babies really do come from a mummy's tummy. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 2, 2013 - 18 comments

Things I have learnt from and about IVF

Things I have learnt from and about IVF. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Feb 18, 2012 - 23 comments

First Vaginal Birth Advertisement on Australian Television

Genea Advertisement An Australian IVF clinic is rebranding itself from Sydney IVF to Genea. It's ad campaign for the name change includes a vaginal delivery-a first for Australian commercial television. Although ironically, featuring New Zealand parents. Disclaimer: these are the folk that brought LittleTaff and ToddlerTaff in to the world. [more inside]
posted by taff on Sep 1, 2011 - 40 comments

The Age of Mechanical Reproduction

The Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Paul Ford. When it comes to IVF, in-vitro fertilization, nothing is normal. Your world is upside-down. Your doctor compliments your wife on her monkeys. Then, when every dollar and exertion has gone toward a single hour of hope, it begins to snow.
posted by foggy out there now on Jul 11, 2011 - 98 comments

Birth of a booming baby industry

Couples from Western countries, such as Australia, the US, and the UK are turning to surrogates in India to carry their babies. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 12, 2010 - 45 comments

The kids are alright .. in the freezer

A D.C. couple wants children, but not now, and are worried about infertility creeping up on them as they get deeper into their thirties. They came up with a novel solution -- donating frozen embryos to their future selves. The procedure is not uncommon for couples with fertility problems; will it become a popular insurance option for young couples who just aren't ready for kids? They might want to think about what to do if they have more embryos than they want. Or what happens if they get divorced.
posted by escabeche on Jul 6, 2010 - 45 comments

A Labor of Love

First came love, then came marriage, then came a ridiculously long and complicated endeavor to get pregnant after a diagnosis of oligoastenoteratozoospermia requiring in vitro fertilization to conceive. This birthed the blog that attacked infertility with humor and snark. And, when she finally got pregnant, then came four unbelievable days of labor and a spectacular failure of pretty much everyone who was supposed to help. Don't worry, it all worked out just fine.
posted by Leezie on Jun 13, 2010 - 72 comments

Surrogate mothers and fetal foreclosures

What happens when payments to a surrogate mother from an infertile couple suddenly stop, through no fault of either party? [via]
posted by jaimev on Mar 24, 2009 - 33 comments

One Egg At A Time, Please, Just One Egg At A Time

One Egg At A Time, Please, Just One Egg At A Time!

Representative Lonnie Napier has a great idea! IVF requires eggs to be harvested from a woman, combined with a man's sperm outside of the woman's body, then putting several embryos back in hopes of getting one to implant and grow, resulting in a baby. Rep. Napier, being strongly pro-life and opposed to IVF, thinks the way to solve this is to fertilize only one egg at a time. And to violate this new law would be a class D felony in Kentucky, punishable with 1-5 years in prison.

Via And I Wasted All That Birth Control...
posted by OhPuhLeez on May 12, 2005 - 71 comments

White couple gets black twins, sue IVF clinic.

White couple gets black twins, sue IVF clinic. Experts say a mistake could have occurred in one of three ways.The wrong sperm could have been used to fertilise the right egg, the right sperm could have been used to fertilise the wrong egg, or the embryo implanted in the woman may have been another couple's altogether. Although it is not clear whether another couple has laid claim to the children, legal experts say the judge will be expected to make a modern-day judgment of Solomon on who should be considered the babies' legal parents. This is unploughed legal ground. Is there a fair way to sort this out?
posted by Mack Twain on Jul 17, 2002 - 34 comments

Online Sperm Bank for Lesbians Launched

Online Sperm Bank for Lesbians Launched Whether you support it or not, you gotta love the web site name...
posted by mathis23 on Jun 24, 2002 - 30 comments

Should single women lose the right to have babies through in-vitro fertilization?
posted by nonharmful on Jun 18, 2001 - 15 comments

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