Archive for the ‘Fertility News’ Category

Day of Hope: All Babies Are Miracles

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


In the field of reproductive technology, it’s easy to get caught up in tests, exams, injections, and medical jargon. But a world that could easily be cold and sterile, the ultimate goal is a healthy baby and complete family. In spite of all the heartbreak, hope is kept alive. Infertility is often marked by loss, and it takes great strength to keep hope alive in moving forward.

August 19th is Day of Hope, which keeps the babies who are lost during this journey alive in the hearts of the people who loved them. It encourages us to celebrate the tiny lives who were so desperately wanted, and encourages hopeful parents to persevere.

It’s about coming together as a whole community to speak openly about these children and honor their short lives. Each year, thousands of people around the globe take part in Day of Hope by hanging prayer flags and sharing images on their blogs and social media to remind their friends and family about the babies they lost but deeply love.

Friday Round Up

Friday, August 15th, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From The Des Moines Register: Iowa Climate on Surrogacy Favorable

From Egg-Freezing Allows Women to Buy Time for Motherhood 

From Digital Journal: Las Vegas Fertility Center Backs Surrogacy For Single & Gay Men In USA

From The New Zealand Herald: Fertility breakthrough offers new hope 

From The Des Moines Register: Years ago, ‘People didn’t talk about’ infertility

And in ConceiveAbilities news? We’re preparing to cross the pond for next month’s Alternative Parenting Show in London!

Friday Round Up

Friday, August 8th, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From Live 5 News: Couple starts nonprofit to help others get through infertility

From Gaystar News: The surrogate mom who decided to only carry children for gay men

From Huffington Post: A Guy’s Survival Guide to Infertility 

From Irish Examiner: Single women seeking fertility treatment rises

From The Daily Beast: Exercise & Fertility: Are You Too Fit to Get Pregnant?

From Prevention: How To Make It Through Infertility Without Destroying Your Relationship

Friday Round Up

Friday, July 18th, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From Three Ways to Cut the High Costs of Infertility 

From Fox News: Is pre-implantation genetic screening right for you? 

From No more whispers, I’m doing IVF and proud of it

From India Today: Health trend: Celebrities use acupuncture for infertility 

From The Columbia Daily Tribune: Missouri surrogate supports New Jersey family

And in ConceiveAbilities news? We had a blast at our 5th annual Denver Surrogate Family Picnic! 

Friday Round Up

Friday, June 20th, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From Chicago Sun-Times: Father Figure

From The Examiner: The Handsome Father: Nonprofit organization designed to support gay dads

From CNN: Time-lapse video reveals secret life of an embryo, helps women conceive

From LGBTQ NationFor gay dads, two new websites help navigate joys, struggles of fatherhood

From Medical Daily: IVF Time-Lapse Technology Helps Doctors Pick The Best Implantable Embryo

From Huffington Post: Coping With the Anguish of Fertility Treatment


And in ConceiveAbilities news?

Our CEO, Nazca Fontes, is featured in the current issue of Worth Magazine!

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RESOLVE Advocacy Day 2014

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014


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It’s Advocacy Day! Join RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association in speaking out to Congress It’s time for legislation that supports the infertility community, and it starts with your voice.

Advocacy Day is a RESOLVE event where women and men living with infertility come together in Washington, D.C. to talk to Members of Congress about issues important to our community. It’s a great opportunity to meet RESOLVE leaders and others from the infertility community who want to make a difference.

While Advocacy Day is based in D.C., the beauty is that you can support this movement wherever you are. Call congress and ask them to support legislation that will provide relief and support to people dealing with infertility. It’s easy, and Resolve is providing all the details.

Also consider:

  • Being a Federal Legislation Advocate
  • Being an Infertility Community Advocate
  • Being Your Own Advocate During Treatment

If you’re ready to take action, check out Resolve’s tips to become an advocate and take a stand for more infertility support! 

National Infertility Awareness Week – Infertility By The Numbers

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


Even the investors at Forbes are taking time to learn more about infertility this week!

The experts are resolving to “do the math” with some updated numbers via the American Society for Reproductive Medicine:

Their latest report from 2012 shows that 61,740 babies were born from IVF procedures. With the CDC reporting approximately 4 million births per year, that breaks down to between 1-2% of all births.

Here’s where it gets a little complicated – we’ll let Forbes take it from here:

ESHRE, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, recently estimated a total of 5 million IVF babies worldwide. Dividing the 61,740 US babies in 2012 by the estimated 350,000 IVF babies born worldwide per year (International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies estimate) and applying the resulting 18% to the 5 million figure, there are roughly 900,000 people in the United States who were born from IVF cycles.

Dividing 900,000 by the US Census Bureau 2013 population estimate tells us that approximately one in 348 of us is an IVF person.

This means that:

100 people in the crowd at Fenway Park last night were conceived using IVF.

Every obstetrician in the United States delivered on average three IVF babies last year. (Bureau of Labor Statistics obstetrician numbers)

If we assume that half of the visitors to Times Square each year are US residents, then on any given day there are 305 US tourists conceived by IVF bumping into each other on Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets.

And that is your IVF math lesson for the day!

National Infertility Awareness Week 2014 – Failing at Fertility?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014


“The ability to reproduce is one of the most basic human desires and functions. Why can’t we help fix the reproductive system?”



As we continue to honor National Infertility Awareness Week, a look at the country’s “fertility report card” for insurance coverage. We’re pleased to see Illinois is at the top of the list, but it’s disappointing that more states are not following suite when it comes to infertility coverage.

“We believe that infertility is a disease and we would love to see it covered by insurance as standard of care,” said Barbara Collura, president and CEO of RESOLVE: the National Infertility Association. “Not everyone needs IVF, but if their diagnosis requires IVF, or surgery or drug intervention, we would want all of those covered.”

The hope is that through outreach and education – what National Infertility Awareness Week strives to address – legislation may begin to shift. What do you think? Should infertility be considered similar to another medical condition?

National Infertility Awareness Week 2014 – Resolve to Know More

Monday, April 21st, 2014


As National Infertility Awareness Week celebrates 25 years, we look back at how far we’ve come – and how far we still have to go! It starts with education, not only for others but also for ourselves:

- Resolve to know more about when to see a fertility specialist.
- Resolve to know more about all your family building options.
- Resolve to know more about infertility advocacy.
- Resolve to know more about the latest treatment options.
- Resolve to know more about the disease of infertility.

In a world that is constantly evolving the way infertility does, it’s essential that even those of us who consider ourselves to be “aware” stay informed. At ConceiveAbilities, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of new information to provide the best possible service to our intended parents, egg donors and surrogates. It’s our goal to be the best possible guides throughout the process – from the very first step!


Friday Round Up

Friday, April 18th, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From The Chicago Tribune: Local Nonprofit Brings Awareness to Fertility Issues in Minorities

From Digital Journal: Seven biggest fertility misconceptions

From the Honolulu Star Advisor: Hawaii weighs expanded coverage for infertility 

From The Guardian: Fertility mystery solved: protein discovered that joins sperm with eggs

From Health News Digest: 10 Myths About Pregnancy in Your 40s

And in ConceiveAbilities news?

Two surrogates welcomed two beautiful sets of twins within 24 hours! A busy week for babies!