Cryobank, cryogenic cold storage, Embryo Freezing, Embryo Storage Failure, Frozen Eggs, frozen embryos, Frozen Sperm, Sperm Freezing

Families Are Heartbroken After Losing Embryos in IVF Clinic’s Freezer Failure: “I Don’t Think You Can Fix This”


Betty Jacobs first heard about the freezer problem on Thursday, March 8, when she scrolled through her Facebook news feed. That day, a local Ohio paper had published an articleabout temperature changes at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, where Jacobs underwent IVF and had her twins in 2016. Because of these temperature changes — which had occurred the previous Saturday — more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos were potentially damaged and unviable.

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Gay Parenting, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

UK – Gay couple ‘have the right’ to use surrogate mother and want law change

Source BBC News

Darren and Ben Tudor-Green with Darren’s mother at their wedding in October 2016

A married gay couple from Devon say they have the right to have a child of their own, “despite their sexuality”.

Darren and Ben Tudor-Green have been speaking out after Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black received abuse after their baby announcement.

“Some people’s mentality leaves a lot to be desired,” said Darren. “This is about creating life. It shouldn’t matter what sexuality you are.”

The couple are using a surrogate mother called Mel from the north of England.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law

Washington State Flips Its Anti-Surrogacy Stance

Source Above The Law

Washingtonians should pop the champagne bottles and celebrate — unless you are already trying to become pregnant as a surrogate.

In the last few years, several countries have either banned or severely limited access to surrogacy. These laws often come on the heels of some crazy surrogacy scandals, including the Japanese man with the 13 surro-babies, or the twin baby left behind in Thailand. Fortunately, the United States has gone the other direction. Last year, Washington, D.C. reversed its prior law that actually made surrogacy a criminal offense, and instead passed a comprehensive new statute that permits and provides safeguards around surrogacy arrangements. The statute permits both the more popular type, known as gestational surrogacy — that’s where the surrogate isn’t genetically related to the child being carried — as well as the less common form of surrogacy, now called “genetic” surrogacy — previously known as “traditional” surrogacy — where the surrogate is also genetically related to the child.

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Assisted Reproductive Technology, Commercial Surrogacy, India, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

India – Cabinet Approves Amendments to Surrogacy Bill

Source: India West

Twenty-eight-year-old Indian surrogate mother, Manu Kani poses at the Surrogacy Center India clinic in New Delhi, Nov. 3, 2015. The Union Cabinet March 21 approved amending the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, March 21 approved amending the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 to provide for rights of a child born through surrogacy equal to those of a natural or biological child, and mandate the registration of surrogacy clinics with the appropriate state authorities.

The amendments also seek 16 months of extended insurance coverage for surrogate mothers to cover all complications, as well as a strict clause to safeguard the surrogate mother from exploitation, the Union Health Ministry said.

Also, Assisted Reproductive Technology has been kept out of the Bill’s purview, it added.

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Donor Eggs, Sperm Donation, Sperm Donor

Letter: Salonen uses public voice to spread misinformation

Source Inforum

I was dismayed to read the rather closed-minded offering published March 17 from Ms. Salonen, who is the mother of five children. While I am not in a position, as a physician, to routinely determine what is right, and what is wrong, I am in a position as a reproductive endocrinologist to know that it is quite dangerous to lump things as important as creating families together.

To paint with a broad brush that it is not OK to use “third party reproduction” is hurtful and inappropriate. Does she disprove of helping single women who have a strong support network in place conceive using donor sperm? Should donor sperm be used in a heterosexual couple who choose this means of having a family?

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Egg Donor, Europe, Infertility, intended parents

Becoming an Egg Donor Is Rewarding in Many Ways


Egg donation is an inspiring act where a female donor generously helps another woman to fulfill her dream to become a mother.

Barcelona , — Unfortunately, there are many couples who are unable to conceive and have children on their own. Studies show that about a third of infertility cases are due to female infertility, another third to male sterility, and the rest are due to issues affecting both partners, from which many cases simply remain an unresolved mystery. Everyday Health reports that infertility affects about 10 percent of women, with possible issues resulting from ovulatory disfunction, poorly functioning fallopian tubes and uterus abnormalities.

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Egg Donor, HFEA, intended parents, IVF, UK

UK – IVF egg donor use rises sharply, HFEA figures show

Source: BBC

The number of women using donated eggs has risen sharply in the past 10 years, latest figures show.

In 2006 1,912 women had IVF using a donor egg, compared with 3,924 in 2016, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) said.

It attributed the rise to a greater awareness of donation as an option, more donors, and more same sex couples, single and older women using them.

The number of women donating their eggs is also on the increase.

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Australia, Sperm Donor, Sperm Donor Registry

Man shocked to discover he has kids after donating sperm for ‘research’ 30 years ago


An example of one of the advertisements looking for donors. Picture: VARTASource:Supplied

MEN who donated sperm in Victoria in the 1960s and 1970s for “research purposes” may not have been aware that their donation was being used for conception, according to a new report.

Research by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), set to be released later today, reveals meticulous records kept by donor clinics and approximately 40 interviews with clinicians, sperm donors and recipient parents who were involved in the early days of the fertility industry.

The report states that men who donated in the early years of the program may not have been aware that their semen was being used for conception purposes.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

Grandma who loves being pregnant becomes surrogate mum to twins


Sue Fisher holds twins Marnie and Dexter (Picture: Caters)

A grandmother enjoyed being pregnant so much that she decided to become a surrogate mum in her 50s. Sue Fisher is thought to be the oldest woman in the UK to become a surrogate for strangers.

After a divorce from her husband of 30 years and with her children grown up, Sue, now 55, decided she wanted to help another couple experience the joy of childbirth. Despite initially worrying that no one would pick her due to her age, she clicked with a gay couple desperate to have kids.

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Fertility Benefits, Fertility Tests, Infertility

Planning your fertility — with your company’s help

Source: Money.CNN

Time to think about family planning. You, your body, and … your employer?

Facebook made headlines when it first began comping employees for freezing their eggs, but now more companies are taking an active role in helping their workers plan and research their fertility.

Employers like Google and Apple offer full financial assistance for egg freezing. Spotify funds unlimited in-vitro fertilization. Patagonia offers childcare and family support services, opening the door for companies to take an active role in their employees’ children’s lives — from the (literal) very beginnings all the way through Pre-K and beyond.

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breastfeeding, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Can You Breastfeed If You Have a Surrogate? The Answer Will Definitely Surprise You

Source: Care HQ

While surrogacy isn’t necessarily commonplace, celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Tyra Banks have been candid about their experiences, helping to make it a more normal part of motherhood conversations. And since many new moms choose to breastfeed their babies for both the many benefits and bonding experience, it’s normal to wonder if it’s even possible for the moms who haven’t actually given birth. So, can they?

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Frozen Sperm

Perth woman wins right to take dead partner’s frozen sperm to ACT in bid to have his child

Source: ABC News

WA law prohibits the use of sperm or eggs from dead people to be used in in vitro fertilisation.


A 42-year-old Perth woman has won the right to take her dead partner’s frozen sperm to the ACT in a bid to have his baby.

The woman, known as GLS, launched civil proceedings in the Supreme Court last year, following the death of her partner in early 2016.

The man, referred to in court documents as Gary, suffered a heart attack in late January of that year was pronounced dead at Royal Perth Hospital a few days later.

He was 53 years old.

The couple had been together for more than five years, and had discussed freezing Gary’s sperm in late 2014, due to his age and fear of early death.

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Donor Eggs, IVF

Global Donor Egg IVFs Market Report: Comprehensive Overview during 2017-2022

Source: Healthcare Trends

Donor Egg IVFs Market Research Report provides a professional and in-depth study of the major Donor Egg IVFs industry leading players along with the company profiles and strategies adopted by them. This enables the buyer of the report to gain a telescopic view of the competitive landscape and plan the strategies accordingly. A separate section with Donor Egg IVFs industry key players is included in the report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of price, cost, gross, revenue, product picture, specifications, company profile, and contact information.

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Cryobank, cryogenic cold storage

California Cryobank’s Biorepository Safeguards Valuable Reproductive Tissue

Source: PRNewswire

Recently, two medical clinics were in the news due to storage tank failures which led to potential losses of hundreds of their patients’ frozen eggs and embryos. As a result, California Cryobank (Cryobank), the domestic leader in the frozen sperm/egg donor industry and one of the nation’s largest private stem cell and reproductive tissue storage facilities, has recently received many more inquiries than usual about what safeguards we have in place to protect our own clients’ valuable specimens.

“We safeguard tens of thousands of specimens for private storage and donor clients who count on us to protect their family’s futures,” says Cryobank’s Chief Operating Officer, Pamela Richardson. “Our biorepository operation in Los Angeles is designed to provide the highest level of security through a robust storage system with multiple layers of redundancies built into it.”

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Donor Egg Registry, Sperm Donor Registry, UK

UK – Donor Conceived Register to close as HFEA ends funding

Source: BioNews

The UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has said that it will halt funding for the Donor Conceived Register from the end of May.

The register has facilitated voluntary contact between people in the UK conceived through donated sperm or egg before 1991 and their donors, allowing them to exchange information or get in touch if they wish.

‘We have carefully considered the options and on reflection, we now feel there are alternative ways in which support groups can form, removing the requirement for a central body to coordinate the group,’ the HFEA wrote in a letter to the National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), the charity that runs the register.

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Infertility, IVF, UK

UK – IVF more successful than ever, says major UK report

Source: BioNews

Fertility treatment in the UK is more successful and safer than ever before, according to a report from the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority).

IVF is now 85 percent more likely to succeed than when records first began in 1991, said the regulator. Over 20,000 babies were born in 2016 as a result of more than 68,000 IVF treatments, an increase of four percent from 2015. The HFEA’s new report covers fertility treatment trends and success rates for the 2014-2016 period.

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Adoption, Egg Freezing, Embryo Preservation, Fertility Benefits, Infertility, IVF, Sperm Freezing, Surrogacy, Uncategorized

Planning your fertility – with your company’s help

Source: Island News KITV

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Time to think about family planning. You, your body, and … your employer?

Facebook made headlines when it first began comping employees for freezing their eggs, but now more companies are taking an active role in helping their workers plan and research their fertility.

Employers like Google and Apple offer full financial assistance for egg freezing. Spotify funds unlimited in-vitro fertilization. Patagonia offers childcare and family support services, opening the door for companies to take an active role in their employees’ children’s lives – from the (literal) very beginnings all the way through Pre-K and beyond.

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Baby M, Gestational surrogacy, intended parents, Psychological Evaluation, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Gestational Carrier Agreements Enforceable

Source: New Jersey Law Journal


The New Jersey Legislature is advancing a statute that would enable individuals to enter into enforceable agreements for surrogate parenthood via gestational carriers. The New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act (S-482, A-1704) awaits only final legislative approval and the signature of Gov. Phil Murphy to become law.

In gestational surrogacy, a woman agrees to be implanted with a fertilized egg that is not hers, and to carry the fetus to term. The fetus is conceived in vitro, using egg and sperm from donors who are unrelated to the woman. The act requires such agreements to be in writing; additionally, the carrier must be over age 21 and have already borne at least one child of her own; her spouse or partner must consent in writing, and the intended parents must provide financial and medical support to the woman throughout her pregnancy and delivery. All parties must also undergo psychological evaluation and be represented by independent counsel. The woman carrying the fetus must surrender custody of the baby to the intended parents immediately upon birth. The act specifies that during the pregnancy, the intended parents must initiate a proceeding for an order of parentage. After the birth, the state will issue a birth certificate listing only the intended parents as the legal parents. Records relating to the agreement will remain confidential, but the child may petition for access when he or she turns 18.

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