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Surrogacy in the Metropolitan Washington, DC Area by Diane S. Hinson and Linda C. ReVeal
Surrogacy contracts typically put restrictions on a surrogate’s travel outside her state of residence after a certain number of weeks -- and the surrogacy laws of Maryland, DC and Virginia vary so dramatically that a surrogate living in Maryland will often be prohibited in her contract from traveling into nearby DC or Virginia in the late stages of her pregnancy!
Maryland: A Friendly State for Surrogacy
Maryland is a great state for surrogacy. In Maryland, both gestational (a surrogate who is not biologically related to the child) and traditional surrogacy (a surrogate who agrees to be artificially inseminated with the intended father’s sperm and to carry the pregnancy to term), is possible for married, unmarried, and gay individuals.
Legal Representation During Surrogacy Process: Don't Cut Corners
The cost for undergoing a surrogacy process is significant, between $35-$45,000 for traditional surrogacy (using the surrogate’s ovum) and between $70,000-$90,000 for gestational surrogacy (using the intended mother’s ovum or donor ovum). Often times, to try to reduce costs, parents will cut corners. One avenue where parents have tried to reduce their fees, is to try and do the legal aspects of the surrogacy process themselves. While this method might work for some, in general it’s a better idea to have legal representation throughout your surrogacy process, both for your own protection and the surrogate’s protection.
SIRM Shares new Egg Freezing Breakthroughs
SIRM shares new ground breaking research on egg freezing that may help us understand infertility better.
More and more couples and individuals who suffer from infertility are turning to gestational carriers to assist them in starting or expanding their families. Gestational assist a variety of situations which make carrying a pregnancy impossible.
Finding an Reproductive Attorney
Most prospective parents facing infertility and turning to assisted reproductive technologies do not know where to turn for legal advice. Here are 5 tips to finding the right reproductive or third party legal advisor.
Top Questions Egg Donors Ask by Kathy Benardo
Have you ever wondered what donors might ask before they donate their eggs to another woman? Kathy Benardo, Director of the Egg Donation Program at the Northeast Assisted Fertility Group, and she has written an article for recipients about the most frequently asked questions egg donors ask.
Ovum Donation by Alan B. Copperman, MD and Eric Flisser, MD
The decision to pursue assisted reproduction using donor eggs is an emotional, and often, difficult decision to make. This article by two RMANY physicians may serve to help with the decision
Third Party Reproduction
Third party reproduction refers to those situations where an alternative pathway to pregnancy is utilized by an individual or couple. These options encompass donor sperm, donor egg, gestational (IVF) surrogacy and true surrogacy. Though ethical, moral, religious and legal concerns play a significant role in these treatments, they have allowed the miracle of childbirth to those who might otherwise be unable to achieve this goal.
Forum: Third (3rd) Party Reproduction (Donors and Surrogacy)
The Third Party Reproduction Medical forum and bulletin board is a place to get expert guidance about use of donor sperm, eggs and surrogacy Moderated by Dr. Joel Batzofin of New York City
Embryo Donation: Where are we now? by Theresa Erickson
It is estimated that there are well over 100,000 frozen embryos in storage in the United States alone. With that in mind, embryo donation still remains a comparatively new possibility that is just gaining ground as another viable option for those individuals and couples who have been desperately wishing for a child.
Finding Your Assisted Reproduction Attorney by Diane Michelsen, J.D., M.S.W.
Once you have decided to make use of assisted reproductive technology (surrogacy,adoption,egg donation etc. we suggest that you an attorney who specializes in third party reproduction.
Egg Donation: Why and how women decide to donate. By Mark Bush, M.D.
Egg donation has become a mainstay of infertility therapy in the United States. According to the most recent CDC statistics1, slightly more than 11% of all IVF cycles in this country involved donor eggs or embryos. With women delaying childbearing for professional, financial, educational, or personal reasons - or a combination of all of these - many women who are ready to start a family find out that their eggs have a poor prognosis in establishing a pregnancy.
Egg Donation: What We Have Learned From A Decade of Experience
by Helane S. rosenberg, Ph.D. and Yakov M. Epstein, Ph.D.
After having worked with potential recipients for several years, it was observed there were recurring patterns in the life circumstances leading to this parenting option. It was helpful to think of archetypes of egg recipients. Over the past decade, we have found at least a dozen instances (and usually considerably more instances) of each of these archetypes. Here are some sample stories that exemplify these archetypes.
Good Eggs, FSH levels and Ovarian Reserve by David Sable, MD
As essay by Dr. Sable about ovarian reserve, or the "egg factor." As of this writing we are quite capable of bypassing the problems of poor quality sperm or low sperm count or problems stemming from dysfunction or disease of the female reproductive system such as endometriosis or tubal disease but egg quality has yet to be something we can change for the better.
Embryo Options – The Case for Donation and Adoption by Theresa M. Erickson
Advances in assisted reproductive technologies over the last several years has led to better cyropreservation techniques and the wider use of frozen embryos. Donation of embryos to other couples has also become a viable option.
Egg freezing, is it right for you?
There is a great deal of controversy surrounding the freezing of human ova.