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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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – ‘My online surrogate is now my best friend’: Mum reveals incredible bond after birth of twins

Source: Mirror

Elouise King and Jenny Robinson became best pals after talking online (Image: Sunday Mirror)

Online pals Elouise King and Jenny Robinson were nervous about their first face-to-face meeting – yet it would seal the mother of all friendships.

The pair had exchanged messages on a surrogacy forum but didn’t know if they would click in person.

That first meeting was in a pub. Fitting really, for just 18 months later they would be wetting the baby’s head not once, but twice, after Jen gave birth to Elouise and hubby Paul’s TWINS .

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Same Sex, Sperm Donor, UK

How it feels to … be a sperm donor baby and have three mothers

Source The Sunday Times

Raised by three lesbian parents, Jordan Waller had just a brief description of his biological father. Despite being bullied as a child, the actor says his upbringing has been a blessing

Supporting roles: Waller, 25, says his unconventional family has informed his acting career

I know about my dad is that he is a 6ft-tall doctor with brown hair and green eyes. My parents chose him from a list at a sperm bank in Bristol, and from the moment I was old enough to understand, they were open with me that I was born via artificial sperm donor insemination to my biological mum, Miranda.

The donor was chosen to match mum’s partner, Dawn, in terms of her physical characteristics, so on paper I should have been tall and dark, but I turned out to be blond and blue-eyed. My mum likes to joke that they must have mixed up the sperm

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Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Lawyers attack new surrogacy bill

Source: The Sunday Times

Sam Everingham, right, with his partner Phil Copland and their two surrogate daughters

Surrogacy support groups and family lawyers have criticised the government’s planned new laws on surrogacy, which they say will force 80 couples a year to go abroad to have children.

The government’s deadline for submissions on the planned Assisted Human Reproduction Bill, which will set up a new regulatory regime for surrogacy and other forms of assisted reproduction, closed last week.

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Cancer, Embryo Freezing, Gestational surrogacy, Infertility, Surrogate Mother, UK

Selfless surrogate delivers her own niece after her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer months after dream wedding despite having no symptoms

Source: Daily Mail

Randi Fishman was 28, newly married, and ready to start a family when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2011.

The crushing news was made all the more painful when her Maryland doctors said that, even if she overcame the disease, carrying children could be a risk that could cost Randi her life.

She immediately got her eggs frozen, and along with husband Zach, then also 28, started the lengthy and expensive process to find a surrogate to carry their embryos fertilized by IVF.

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Egg Freezing, Frozen Eggs, Sperm Donor, UK

UK – Single Lady Victoria Hervey, 41, is planning to become a mother with a ‘friend’ who is willing to donate his sperm – as she admits ‘time is ticking’

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’.

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Egg Donation, Embryo Freezing, Frozen Eggs, ICSI, Infertility, UK

UK – Shropshire and Mid Wales Fertility Centre moving to new home

Source: Shropshire Star
For more than a quarter of a century, it has been helping thousands of couples realise their dreams of becoming parents.

An embryologist at The Shropshire and Mid Wales Fertility

The Shropshire and Mid Wales Fertility Centre is one of the top IVF clinics in the UK.

But it has outgrown its current home at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and is now set to move to a new facility on the outskirts of Shrewsbury.

From this summer, the centre will be operating from Severn Fields Health Village in Sundorne.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs the facility, says it will mean better facilities for patients and the multi-professional fertility team.
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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Mothers’ campaign for change to surrogacy laws

Source ITV

Pete and Tracy (C) with surrogates Kate (L) and Trisha (R)

A woman from Rotherham who has been a surrogate mother twice – is calling for urgent changes to what they believe to be outdated surrogacy law.

When Kate became pregnant she always intended to give the child to its parents, Tracy and Pete from Portsmouth.

But, under UK law she could have changed her mind at any point and kept the baby as her own, because she gave birth to the child

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Donor Eggs, Egg Donor, Menopause, UK

UK – Woman who went through the menopause aged ELEVEN reveals she’s pregnant with her first child following IVF treatment using a donor egg  

Source: Daily Mail

A woman who feared she would never carry a child after going through the menopause aged 11 has revealed she is three months pregnant.

Amanda Lewis, now 30, is expecting her first child after having IVF treatment using a donor egg and her partner’s sperm.

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Gay Parenting, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Extraordinary journeys to fatherhood

Source: Gay Times

There have been huge changes in the surrogacy options available to gay men in recent years. Once only available in certain US states, for a short period gay singles and couples were engaging in Thailand, India, Nepal, Cambodia and more recently Mexico for surrogacy. But Asian countries have closed their doors to foreign surrogacy, leading to renewed interest in the US and a surge in interest in Canada. Kenya, Russia and even Nicaragua are starting to offer surrogacy to fill the void left when Asian nations closed. However a raft of complexities remain.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, UK

It’s time to talk about surrogacy. British law leaves potential parents in legal limbo

Source: Little Atoms

The surrogate birth of Chicago, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s youngest child, has brought the issue of surrogacy into the public focus. Many couples here, unable to have children themselves, may look on at the apparent ease by which Kim and Kanye entered into surrogacy arrangement with some envy. For many in the UK, hoping to engage a surrogate and fulfill their dream of having a child, the prospects are bleak.

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Egg Donor, Embryo, Sperm Donor, UK

Women selected for mitochondrial donation in UK

Source: BioNews

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has granted permission for doctors to create the UK’s first ‘three-person’ children by mitochondrial donation. Doctors at Newcastle Fertility Centre successfully applied to treat two women and are now allowed to create embryos by combining fertilised eggs created through IVF with mitochondria from a female donor. The resulting embryos will be implanted in the two women.

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Egg Donation, Egg Donor, UK

UK – Is donating your eggs worth it? Everything you need to know

Source: Metro UK

If you were looking for a financial escape hatch to pay off student loans or mortgages by donating something that your body discards monthly, you should know something first. Men fake orgasms too – here’s why and how You have better chances of making money by finding one of Cadbury’s elusive white chocolate Creme Egg than you do donating your own.
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Egg Donor, Sperm Donor, Three Parent, UK

UK – Three-Parent Babies Must Be ‘Considered in an Ethical and Balanced Way’- Expert

Source: Sputnik News

British scientists have received the green light to create the country’s first so-called three parent babies.

The use of mitochondrial therapy been approved by the The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority three years after the therapy was legalized in the country.

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IVF, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Selfless surrogate gives birth to twins for couple who endured seven failed rounds of IVF treatment in 18 months

Source: Daily Mail

Elouise and Paul King thought their dreams of having a child were over after seven failed rounds of IVF treatment, but after finding a surrogate the pair now have twins (pictured: surrogate Jen Taylor holding the twins, with Elouise and Paul)

A couple who went through seven failed rounds of IVF treatment before finally having twins through a surrogate have said they will ‘never know how to repay’ her kindness. Elouise King and her husband Paul, from Solihull in the West Midlands, thought their dream of becoming parents was over after a miscarriage in 2013 led to complications. Mrs King had undergone a surgical procedure to remove the foetus, but afterwards she was struck down with a rare condition known as Asherman syndrome which causes scarring of the cervix and uterus.

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Egg Donor, Sperm Donor, Surrogacy, Three Parent, UK

Britain’s first three-parent babies given green light by fertility chiefs

Source:  The Sun

Two women who risk passing on incurable genetic diseases to their kids got the ok from fertility chiefs for the pioneering method

Medics plan to use the method on two women who risk passing on genetic diseases to their kids. The unnamed pair have a mutation that leads to myoclonic epilepsy. The ailment hits one in 100,000 people, causing spasms that see lost muscle control, weakness, deafness, dementia and often death. In the treatment, once the mum’s egg is fertilised, the cell nucleus with the bulk of her and the dad’s genetic material is removed. The mutation is left behind, as it only occurs in the mitochondrial DNA which is not present in the nucleus.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Experience: I was a surrogate at 51

Source:  The Guardian

I had children in my teens and became a grandmother two decades ago. I’ve always thought how lucky I was to get pregnant so easily, and how heartbreaking it is for people who can’t. I liked the idea of being a surrogate, but my husband wasn’t keen. By 2012, we had divorced, and I’d taken care of my parents and older brother, who sadly passed away. I’d turned 50 and thought, if I’m going to do this, it needs to be now.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, UK

UK – “Won’t Somebody Think Of The Children?”

Source:  HuffPost UK

A current family law case in the US has caught the media’s attention. It’s one which is difficult, emotional and demands a solution. A gay married couple is suing the US government after the birth of their twins. One twin was conceived with the sperm of one father (a US citizen) and the other was conceived with the sperm of the other father (an Israeli citizen). The birth of the twins took place in Canada (where the fathers were married), and both fathers were listed on each both certificate.

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Embryo, Embryo Freezing, UK

UK – Man ends bid to fulfil late wife’s dream for a child

Source: BBC

A man who lost his wife to cancer said he is ending their bid to have a child through a surrogate.

Emmy Coates died in June, aged 31, just 18 months after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

She and husband Jake, 32, had planned to use embryos, frozen after her cancer spread, in order to have a baby.

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Infertility, IVF, UK

UK – Forty Years Since First Live Birth From IVF

Source: North County Leader

This year marks the 40th birthday of the first ever IVF baby Louise Brown. IVF has changed significantly since 1978.

In the early days of IVF, women had to be admitted to clinics for a long period of time for treatment while treatments such as egg donation, egg sharing, sperm sharing, specific fertility drugs, dedicated lab equipment, catheters, ICSI needles and many things taken for granted in modern day IVF treatments, were all unheard of in 1978.

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