Source Sky News
Source Chicago Tribune
It was 2008, and for more than a year, Patrick and Kate Sandusky had been trying to get pregnant.
Facing infertility, the Lakeview couple hadn’t thought about having too many chances to have children. Eventually, a fertility specialist said a procedure Kate had undergone years earlier would mean they needed in vitro fertilization. Through IVF, the couple had three children — now 9-year-old twins and a 6-year-old daughter.
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Nearly 1,000 patients of the University Hospitals Fertility Center are being sent letters apologizing once more and acknowledging some of the reasons a storage tank failed. The hospital is now blaming human error for the loss of those frozen eggs and embryos, some of which had been stored for decades.
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.
Source: The New York Times
The failure of systems used to store frozen eggs and embryos at two fertility clinics has rattled people who count on such clinics to help them realize their hopes of having children. But the breakdowns at clinics in Cleveland and San Francisco, each apparently involving the temperature or level of liquid nitrogen in one storage tank, have damaged at least some eggs and embryos belonging to potentially hundreds of people.
At a time when egg freezing is increasing swiftly — some Silicon Valley companies now tout it as a perk for their employees — the incidents raise questions about what to look for and ask if you are considering taking that step. Here is a basic guide:
ON MARCH 4, an embryologist at Pacific Fertility Center was doing a routine walk-through of the clinic’s collection of waist-high steel tanks, each one filled with thousands of liquid nitrogen-bathed vials of frozen sperm, eggs, and embryos. The San Francisco-based clinic offers cryogenic cold storage and in vitro fertilization services for patients throughout the Bay Area, many of whom work for tech companies with hefty fertility benefits packages—Apple, Google, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn. PFC charges its patients $600 a year for storage alone, which covers the personnel required to maintain the tanks, according to its website.Every day someone has to do a physical inspection of the equipment, and staff are on-call 24/7. But that Sunday, the embryologist discovered that in one tank, Tank No. 4., the liquid nitrogen levels had slipped to dangerously low levels.
Source: Daily Mail
Lady Victoria Hervey is planning to have a child with a male friend after admitting ‘time is ticking’.
The 41-year-old former It girl, who recently had six of her eggs frozen at a clinic in the US, revealed during an appearance on ITV’s Lorraine that a close friend had offered to donate his sperm.
‘Right now I have a friend who is willing to be the father. I am really considering I am going to do that,’ she explained on the daytime TV show.
The socialite has not hidden her desire to become a mother, opening up in a Mail on Sunday column that she hoped having a baby would ‘fill what has become rather a hole in my life’.
Source: The Big Smoke
As more and more women are deciding to have children later, the method of freezing one’s eggs is the preferred method. But is it safe?
In recent times, more and more women are choosing to have children at a later age. Often this is a result of having decided to focus on career first, or from not finding the right partner. In fact, women today are having their first baby at an average age of 28.4 years, which is an all-time high, and as a result, there’s a growing demand for social egg freezing. Read more
Source: The Sun
But now, 17 years on, pole dance and fitness instructor Amanda is 13 weeks pregnant, thanks to an egg donor.
However, after she gives birth she will have to go through “the change”, again.
Amanda, 30, from Nuneaton, Warks, says: “From the day I was told I was going through the menopause, I grew up quickly.
“I’d started my periods when I was ten but I hadn’t had any since I was 11.
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Current AffairsCatholic group attacks Tom Daley for ‘depriving’ baby of mother
A Catholic group has lashed out at gay Olympic hero Tom Daley – for having a baby.
Daley, 23, revealed this week that his expecting a baby with his Oscar-winning husband Dustin Lance Black, 43.
It is believed that the pair are having the child via surrogate, posting a selfie with an ultrasound scan.
The high-profile gay couple’s decision to start a family has led to a tidal wave of homophobic comments.
Doctor: ‘The awareness of difficulties in becoming pregnant that come with age, and the possibility of freezing eggs, is filtering down, and a friend brings a friend’
“Until recently I was embarrassed to say that I had frozen my eggs. I hid it from my surroundings. Except for close girlfriends and family members, nobody knew. Today I no longer have a problem, and I have a lot of girlfriends doing it, and I’ve become a kind of ‘mentor’ who advises them.”
Source: The Washington Post
Brigitte Adams became the poster child for freezing your eggs. But things didn’t quite work out how she imagined.
Brigitte Adams caused a sensation four years ago when she appeared on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek under the headline, “Freeze your eggs, Free your career.” She was single and blond, a Vassar graduate who spoke fluent Italian, and was working in tech marketing for a number of prestigious companies. Her story was one of empowerment, how a new fertility procedure was giving women more choices, as the magazine noted provocatively, “in the quest to have it all.”
Source: Irish Times
The use of frozen sperm, eggs or embryos after a person’s death by their partner will be permitted following a one-year grieving period under draft legislation, the Oireachtas health committee has heard.
The State’s chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan briefed the committee on the process of drafting the forthcoming Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) Bill on Wednesday.