The future of IVF could mean that there is no longer a need for sperm or egg in order to create an embryo. This new technology is called In Vitro Gametogenesis, or IVG, and has already been successfully used in mice. In that experiment, a baby mouse was created from DNA taken from skin cells, as opposed to from sperm and egg.
The process works by taking skin cells and reassigning them to act as either sperm or eggs in a petri dish. Researchers hope that this technology, once available and tested on human subjects, could open the door to creating biological families for parents that could not pursue IVF methods. In this approach, it is realistic to think that a biological child could come from a parent or set of parents who are unable to donate healthy eggs, sperm, or both. Continue reading
The ever-changing field of IVF means that new research is being conducted daily, and that it often leads to new discoveries about how to improve the odds of success with fertility! In February of 2017 a study was released that showed a link between IVF success and daylight savings time (DST).
The study, conducted by The Boston Medical Center and originally published in the medical journal Chronobiology International, found that transfers occurring around daylight savings time (DST) contributes to a higher miscarriage rate among women with previous history of miscarriage. Continue reading
If you are considering in vitro fertilization and you have a reason to suspect that the procedure might be challenging because of your past history or present medical situation, there is an option. Choosing to go with an egg donor provides you with the opportunity to conceive and carry your baby via IVF by providing viable eggs from a third party source. In the infographic below, you will find information about the process of egg donation and its effects on IVF success rates and other aspects of pregnancy. As you read, you will see that not only is this option viable, it is a lot simpler and easier to understand than it seems at first. Keep reading to learn more about how egg donation can help you reach your goals during your next IV fertilization procedure. Continue reading
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that in 2015, an estimated 6.7 million women aged 15-44 experienced some level of impaired fertility. That’s just over 10% of women in the sampled demographic. Of that, an estimated 6% of women are deemed fully infertile.
Despite the common misconception that infertility is a rare condition that impacts only women, and only due to age, infertility is a problem that causes pain to many families in the United States. Chances are quite high that someone you know is included in these numbers. Continue reading
In a landmark decision, an Italian court has legally recognized two men as the fathers of children born via surrogacy.
It’s promising news for same sex couples in Italy who wish to become parents as the case marks the first time two men have been able to claim parental rights to the same child.
The children, now seven years old, were born to a surrogate in Canada in 2010. Continue reading
IVF Technology is an ever-changing and evolving field. As scientists continue to look for ways to improve embryo transfer success and promote more term length pregnancies, the collective knowledge base continues to grow.
In most cases, created embryos are transferred into a waiting uterus between day 3 and day 5 of development. This time frame is carefully chosen to give the embryo the best chance to implant and continue to develop as possible. It has been widely believed that embryos cannot be kept alive outside of the body beyond day seven of development, unless they are frozen and stored for future use.
Researchers in the United Kingdom are challenging this common belief however, Continue reading
Client Development Assistant Kellie Nesbitt has been with Growing Generations since 2015. In her role she interacts with intended parents from their very first contact with GG until the time they retain our services and begin their journey to parenthood. During that time Kellie will help the future intended parents with their retainer agreement and arrange for their initial consultations and appointments. Continue reading
Erica Bowers, President of Growing Generations, initially joined GG as a Marketing intern in the summer of 2003. It was a choice that would shape her life many times over for years to come.
Says Bowers, “I started to look for an internship for the summer and came across an ad that said “Marketing Intern Needed for Gay Surrogacy Agency.” I mean, who wouldn’t be intrigued?! I have a Business Degree with a specialization in Marketing, I’m Bisexual and my Dad is a gay man. The stars aligned and I became aware of something that was never really on my radar before.”
Christa Wensel is an egg donor specialist who also works with intended parents who do not need a surrogate. She started with Growing Generations in 2015, and interacts with clients starting from their first interaction with GG.
Christa is responsible for reviewing egg donor applications, completing consult calls, and managing donor cases through their selection process. Intended parents will work with Christa from the time they retain Growing Generations through egg donor selection and paperwork. Continue reading
Nadine Wilson joined Growing Generations as an Egg Donor Admissions Specialist. Egg donor applicants begin working with Nadine right away and stay under her leadership until they are matched with intended parents. During that time Nadine will review the donor’s application, enroll the donor once they’ve been accepted into the program, and publish the donor in our online database.
Always full of positive energy, Nadine says she enjoys many parts of her job. From being on the phone with donors, to editing the donor’s pictures to put on their profile, she enjoys the building process. But most of all, Nadine loves informing a donor that they’ve been selected by their intended parents. Continue reading