Friday Round Up

October 17th, 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 Huffington Post: Would You Donate Your Eggs to a Couple Who Couldn’t Conceive? 

From The Independent: Women who want children in their 50s should be allowed to freeze their eggs, say experts 

From NPR: A First: Uterus Transplant Gives Parents A Healthy Baby

From Epoch Times: French Gov’t Affirms Its Prohibition of Gestational Surrogacy 

From NBC News: Facebook and Apple Now Pay for Women to Freeze Their Eggs

From The Week: Inside the rise of embryo donation

And in ConceiveAbilities news? We’re Hawaii-bound to exhibit at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Annual Meeting! We look forward to connecting with friends and colleagues in a true meeting of the fertility minds. 

Team Baby takes on Texas

October 10th, 2014

As our team continues to grow, ConceiveAbilities is pleased to introduce our newest staff member – this time from the great state of Texas! As a licensed therapist, Julie Parkin, MS, LMFT works with intended parents, surrogates and egg donors through the third-party reproduction process. Her passion for working in this field derives from her own experience – after her journey through infertility, Julie built her family using assisted reproductive technology. Her compassionate approach to the process makes her a trusted resource; as a professional member of Resolve, she also facilitates monthly support groups and will be a guide to our growing group of surrogates in the south.

She and Deb Levy, our Director of Surrogacy, recently hosted a special support group dinner in Dallas. We look forward to even more opportunities to connect and support our local Texas surrogates!

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Friday Round Up

September 26th, 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 Huffington Post: Infertility Etiquette 101

From New York Magazine: Why Do We Treat Infertility Like It’s Just Rich Women’s Problems?

From the LA Times: Risks of twins, triplets may prompt IVF patients to opt for singletons

From Forbes: How $30K of Fertility Debt Helped Me Reinvent My Finances 

From the Tallahassee Democrat: The man’s perspective on the madness of infertility 

From the Huffington Post: 6 Ways Infertility Prepared Me for Parenthood

And in ConceiveAbilities news? We had a grand time at last weekend’s Alternative Parenting Show in London. Many thanks to all who came out to learn more about their family building options with ConceiveAbilities. 

Chicago Family Picnic 2014

September 25th, 2014

More than a dozen Chicago area surrogates and their families attended our annual picnic earlier this month. While the traditional cookie decorating festivities continued, we did manage to break one tradition – rain! We were finally able to enjoy a day of sunshine that was perfect for blowing bubbles, riding scooters, and rolling down hills – along with munchies and good conversation. It’s always a treat to see the incredible women who make our program possible, and to celebrate everything they (and their families) do to help someone else create a family of their own.

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Friday Round Up

September 19th, 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 New York Times: Surrogates and Couples Face a Maze of Laws, State by State

From the Huffington Post: Looking Back on Two Decades of Helping Gay Men Have Kids 

From the Herald Sun: Hot Topic: Surrogacy as a solution for infertility

From Medical Daily: IVF Has Led to Unprecedented Number Of Multiple Infant Births 

From LGBTQ Nation: Target snubs boycott by featuring same-sex couples in latest campaign

And in ConceiveAbilities news? We’re across the pond for tomorrow’s Alternative Parenting Show in London! 

Surrogates and Couples Face a Maze of Laws, State by State

September 18th, 2014

A new article published in The New York Times sheds light on a topic that is very familiar to anyone who has entered the realm of surrogacy. The first questions people ask are “is it legal?” and “what if the surrogate wants to keep the baby?”

As a reputable agency that is well-versed in the laws from state-to-state, we take special care to abide by these rules for everyone’s protection. Several recent stories have made headlines depicting surrogate matches gone awry, and it’s essential that states recognize and have appropriate legislation in place for surrogacy.

Joanna L. Grossman, a family law professor at the Hofstra University law school, was quoted in the article: “My sense of the big picture is that we’re moving toward laws like the one in Illinois, which accepts that the demand for surrogacy isn’t going away but recognizes the hazards and adds regulations and protections.”

Illinois law required medical and psychological screenings for all parties, among other things, and allows only gestational surrogacy – where the surrogate is not biologically related to the child. Not all states have come to an agreement – or even recognize – what will provide the best protection, but we’re hopeful that the influence of legislation and the continuing demand for surrogacy will develop more solid laws across the country. Until then, we’ll continue to practice as we have been – providing careful, dedicated service to protect everyone involved in this very special process.

Kristen’s Surrogacy Reunion

September 12th, 2014

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It was a little reunion for surrogate Kristen and the handsome boy she delivered last week. She had the opportunity to visit with him and his thrilled parents before they traveled home, and she shared how the experience brought her even more clarity and appreciation for the process.

“His mom said, ‘my family’s complete,’ which just made it sink in so much more how much this meant to them and how grateful I am that I was able to do it. His parents were just beaming. He is absolutely perfect and we all couldn’t be happier about the whole journey.”

It was an honor to be part of your journey, Kristen. Thank you for being such a beautiful example of surrogacy!

Day of Hope: All Babies Are Miracles

August 19th, 2014

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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

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 ASRM.org: 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

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