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Special Education: A twenty-four part series on advocacy

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2015: A 24 part special education advocacy series designed to teach parents what they need to know to successfully advocate for their children. Articles are published twice a month. After each article, there is an online interactive meeting to discuss it and answer parent questions.If you have any questions about special needs, the ADA, IDEA etc., please feel free to visit the Ask an Advocate Forum where Brice Palmer will answer your questions.

The Miscarriage Manual: Coping with the Emotional Aspects of Pregnancy Loss by Elizabeth Carney

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A guide to help you cope with the emotional aspects of pregnancy loss. This was given to INCIID in 1995 by a nurse who experienced the loss of a full-term baby just after she was born. Although it is an older article, the sentiments are timeless and comforting in the knowledge you are not alone.Please give this to anyone you know who has lost a pregnancy. This article is also excellent information for friends, families and loved ones of close to anyone who has lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth, or just after birth. The more people who understand what to say or more importantly what not to say, the better off those who have lost a child will be.

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.

Developing the Expertise that Infertility Patients Deserve

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“The therapist that I fired claimed to be an expert but she was not. I could tell that she had looked up a few things on the internet and was pretending that she knew what I needed her to know.”

Male Prolactin and Hyperprolactinemia

Normal Prolactin
Abnormal Prolactin
Male Prolactin

Male ProlactinMale Prolactin and Hyperprolactinemia

Chanel L. Bonds, Laura E.A. Simon, Stephen E. Hudson, Andrew K. Lee, and William E. Roudebush
Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Case Introduction

The Male Reproductive System: Sperm Analysis

Sperm Analysis

Take this mini course on the Male Reproductive System and test your anatomy knowledge at the same time.

The male reproductive system structures give men the ability to reproduce by fertilizing a woman’s egg. There are a number of organs that make up the male reproductive system.
Although infertility is commonly felt to be a female condition, a male factor often plays a significant role. Certain risk factors place a male at higher risk of having infertility including any abnormalities or issues with the testicles themselves, prior treatment for cancer, hormonal disorders, prior scrotal surgery, or even infections such a sexually transmitted disease.

 

Celebrities Who Used Surrogacy to Build a Family by Zoe Hemenway

Register for the Surrogacy Webinar: Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Noon (12:00pm) Anyone interested in surrogacy (intended parents or potential surrogate mothers) are welcome to participate.

Celebrities are people just like everyone else. Some want to get married and start a family, some do not. Some celebrities find starting and building their families easy but others like many dealing with infertility and pregnancy loss struggle with the physical and emotional side to fertility just like "regular" people.

The Infertility Evaluation: Basic Testing with a Reproductive Endocrinologist By INCIID Advisors

Basic Infertility Evaluation - Fertility Tests

This article is a basic overview or review of an infertility evaluation for those individuals and couples struggling with infertility and trying to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term and delivery.

Baby Steps to Surrogacy: An Interview with Attorney Marla Neufeld, Esq.

Marla with her husband and twins
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"I was under the impression that once you decide to start a family, you toss the birth control and give it the 'old college try'. BAM! There you are in your cute maternity jeans, booking your family trip to Disney World. I was surely mistaken. The reality my husband and I suffered through years of failed infertility treatments, disappointment, and expense. 

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