Conceptual Options’ Surrogacy News: Shayne Lamas Welcomes Son via Surrogate
We all remember when Shayne Lamas suffered a miscarriage in 2014, causing her to be unable to carry any more children. Fortunately, she found La Jolla IVF and Dr. Smotrich to help on the medical side, and she found her step-mother as her surrogate, who carried her son who was born on July 4th. What a wonderful gift!
According to US Weekly,
Lamas and Richie’s son “arrived via natural water birth” on the Fourth of July at 6 pounds, 4 ounces, the couple told Closer magazine. “Everyone is healthy and happy.” (Craig and Lamas’ dad, actor Lorenzo Lamas, wed in April 2011. Craig, 29, stepped in after Shayne had a miscarriage in February 2014.)
“Shawna’s not just my stepmother. She’s like a soul sister,” Shayne told Closer in February. “She’s an angel that blessed my whole family, including my father.”
Congratulations to Shayne and her husband, Nik Richie.
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Conceptual Options Surrogacy & IVF News: “Test-Tube” Baby No Longer a Rarity
There are reports that now claim that “Test tube babies” are not that rare these days.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.5% of babies born in the US are conceived using what’s called Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), of which the most common procedure is in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Though thousands of IVF cycles are done every year in the US, it’s tricky to get a sense of an individual woman’s chance of conceiving with the procedure. Graphs from the CDC show exactly how often IVF resulted in a baby for women who went through the costly treatment using their own eggs, not donor eggs. A single IVF cycle costs an average of $12,400, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and women often need multiple tries to get pregnant.
About 36% of IVF cycles result in pregnancy, and 29.4% of cycles result in a baby…
A live birth rate of about 30% for IVF cycles is really pretty respectable. A healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman has about a 20% chance of getting pregnant without assistance every month that she tries, according to the ASRM. That decreases to 5% chance each month for women aged 40.
For couples who try to conceive through IVF, a lot more is at stake financially, emotionally, and physically, even if the success rate is often better than the traditional method.
While looking at the national averages for IVF success rates is a good start for dispelling misconceptions, pregnancy and live birth rates differ from clinic to clinic, and the data don’t tell the whole story. There are many different causes of infertility, and IVF does not address the direct problem for every cause. Only a doctor can say what chance IVF has of success for a particular couple.
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Conceptual Options Fertility & Surrogacy News: China’s Rising Infertility Furthers Population Crisis & Illegal Surrogacy
The continuing decline in fertility rates in China, which are the highest in the world, are fueling an illegal surrogacy industry in China, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. In fact, the infertility rate in the country has reached an all-time high in 2015. Statistics have shown that the 1-3 percent rate of infertility in the 1970s has skyrocketed to 10 percent today, even reaching 18 percent in some areas.
According to Yibada, the causes for this decline in fertility include the widespread use of toxic pesticides in crops; severe air, water and soil pollution; the recent trend of marrying much later in life; and, the high abortion rate in the country. The result? Couples finding surrogates in China to carry a baby for them.
However, all of these studies have not changed the government’s stance on illegal surrogacy, as Shanghai’s China Business News reports, a crackdown has been instigated this month with the aim to stop the problem of illegal surrogacy altogether.
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Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy Agency News: Hawaii Legislation Needs Work for Same Sex and Single Families
Hawaii is one of the few states that cover IVF for families; however, the current legislation only applies to married, heterosexual couples. With so many others being left out, legislation is now being introduced that will close that gap.
According to the Associated Press,
…same-sex couples and single women are left out because the coverage rules only apply to married, heterosexual couples. That’s because the Hawaii law states that a patient’s eggs must be fertilized by her spouse.
Advocates are calling the practice discriminatory. They’re hoping to change the law.
A bill is pending in the Hawaii Legislature that would remove the spousal sperm requirement.
The infertility association Resolve says Maryland and Arkansas have similar coverage mandates for heterosexual couples. An effort to update Maryland’s law passed the Legislature but hasn’t yet been signed into law by the governor.
Barbara Collura of Resolve says Hawaii’s law desperately needs to be updated.
Read more here about current Hawaii IVF Legislation.
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Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Fertility News: Egg Freezing – a Dilemma or a Gift?
Egg freezing certainly seems like an option for many women who want to put off their child bearing years while they further their career – which is why we have seen some big companies offering that as a benefit to their employees, like Facebook and Apple.
However, is egg freezing the wonder drug of sorts to extend our fertility? We found this interesting article on Nautilus entitled Why Egg Freezing is an Impossible Choice, and we thought you would enjoy.
Last fall, I went to an egg freezing cocktail hour. The downstairs bar of the glossy SoHo hotel was thronged with women in heels and sleek business attire. Club music thumped, cameras flashed, and I narrowly missed being hit by a videographer angling a tripod over the crowd. The evening was hosted by Eggbanxx, a startup that sells financing for egg freezing, framed as fertility insurance for the forward-thinking urban professional woman.
At the bar, where they were serving up free “Banxxtini” cocktails, I spoke with a 27-year-old who was “95 percent sure” she would freeze her eggs and a 36-year-old data scientist who claimed to be “skeptical.” Together, we filed into a screening room adjoining the bar, where three New York-area endocrinologists lectured us on a new technique that, they claimed, could freeze our reproductive chances in time. Female fertility declines sharply at 37, due to a decline in the quantity and quality of eggs. But when women use fresh eggs from a young donor in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle—a process in which fresh eggs are harvested from the donor, fertilized, and transferred to the uterus—live birth rates rise across ages to 56 percent.1 Now, thanks to a new freezing technology, women could become their own future egg donors, rather than relying on the fresh eggs of another, younger donor. “It’s good to be empowered as a woman,” beamed Janelle Luk, a doctor at Neway Fertility.
Read more here about Why Egg Freezing is an Impossible Choice.
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Future of the Uterus & Bioengineered Wombs – the end of Surrogacy?
Did you know that women are helping women by transplanting their healthy uterus into another women so they can have the chance at having a child. Even though after receiving the uterus the women would have to go through IVF to implant their baby.
I found this article about how a mother helped her daughter achieve the miracle of becoming a mother by doing a uterus transplant. And in September 2014 she was able to give birth to her first son. This was the first ever birth from a transplanted uterus. This study was conducted by Mats Brannstrom a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the university of Gothenburg in Sweden.
I highly doubt that this is the end of surrogacy, but it certainly opens more options for women having trouble conceiving.
Read more here about Bioengineered Wombs.
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Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency Fertility News: 7 Gadgets & Apps to Improve your Fertility
The increasing number of fertility products and apps that have hit the market in recent years are helping women get healthy, optimize their fertility, and become more aware of their cycles, which is one of the biggest obstacles in treating infertility, according to Aimee Raupp, a licensed acupuncturist, women’s health and fertility expert and author of “Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: How to Improve Your Fertility Now & Into Your 40s.”
Apps include Wink, Ovia Fertility, Daysy, KNOWHEN, Glow, ONDO Basal Thermometer, & Clue
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Information courtesy of Julie Revelant, wh0 is a freelance writer and copywriter specializing in parenting, health, healthcare, nutrition, food and women’s issues. She’s also a mom of two. Learn more about Julie at revelantwriting.com.
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Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: The Face of Surrogacy Today
Great blog post written by the CEO of Conceptual Options, Dr. Saira Jhutty, on her new FertilityNews411 blog regarding the real face of surrogacy.
Deciding to use a surrogate to build your family is the hardest part. Once you decide, you need to start doing your research. Find an agency that you feel comfortable with, ask yourself what type of relationship do you want with your surrogate, what type of experience are you looking for – do you want to be fully involved or do you want to take a hands off approach? And understand that the process is costly. Agency fees, surrogate compensation, psychological evaluation fee, health insurance, IVF costs, attorney fees, court fees.. they all add up. So be prepared.
Preparation, education, and becoming informed is our motto at Conceptual Options, Partnering with you for Parenthood.
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Conceptual Options Fertility News: Managing Infertility Stress for Intended Parents
When battling infertility issues, there are a lot of factors that can arise. You are not alone and there are a lot of resources to help. It is a good idea to research support groups in your community so that you can talk with people who have been through the same thing. There are also a lot of websites that offer advice such as the one linked below. It gives coping techniques such as meditation, relaxation, dealing with the holidays, and when to seek help and where to go when the time has come. Nobody said that going through infertility issues was easy, but this article helps you manage the stress that it brings.
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Conceptual Options Fertility News: Dealing with Emotions of Infertility for Intended Mothers
Growing up, most people picture meeting someone, falling in love, getting married then having children together. It sounds easy enough, but as we know nowadays it’s hard enough to find that special someone that we want to start a family with. So we find them, the last thing we want to do is struggle to have a family.
When we look around, people seem to be having children left and right but it just isn’t that easy for everyone. Infertility can cause a lot of stress in a relationship and depression amongst other things within yourself.
This article will shine light on your situation and help you decide if you should seek outside help for your infertility issues and the struggles that coincide with it.
Read more here on dealing with emotions of infertility for Intended Mothers
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