Facial Recognition and Egg Donation: Finding an Egg Donor with a Selfie

By Dory Ziperstein, LCSW, MPH The search for an egg donor can be based on a variety of criteria: cultural or ethnic background, education, athletic, or artistic talent. Now there is a new tool for parents to search for their “perfect” match in an egg donor: facial recognition. In July 2018, Ovobank, a Spain-based company, […]

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IVF: Not Your Typical Egg Hunt

By Lori Shandle-Fox To me, everything we need to know about getting pregnant can be summed up during this particular holiday season. Getting pregnant without assisted reproductive technology is like the Easter egg hunts I remember as a child: Sperm are like the unruly kids. Everybody is pushing everybody else out of the way vying […]

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Explaining a “Miracle Baby”

By Kate Weldon LeBlanc At bedtime on my daughter’s ninth birthday, she asked me to explain how babies are made. I think it was just a coincidence that it was on her birthday, but the timing did make the conversation even more meaningful. This was the most pointed time she had ever asked about conception. […]

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Finding “Your People” at the New England Walk of Hope

By Cassandra Hedstrom “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller I have always admired those wise words of Ms. Keller, but they’ve never held more meaning to me than they did on September 18th, 2016. I know I will look back on that Sunday for years to […]

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A Story of Hope

Walk around any city or town on a sunny day, and you’ll see numerous pregnant families. Some of those families may even have 1 or 2 children in tow. Go to a family gathering, and you’ll see your relative’s kids chasing after one another. Maybe they’re playing touch football on Thanksgiving Day. Have dinner with […]

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Considering adoption during IVF

For many years, I have been working with people struggling with infertility. During this time, I have seen treatments advance, alternative paths to parenthood arrive and people building or expanding their families in a variety of ways. Adoption, once a natural “next step,” has become a more complicated choice. Some individuals and couples who might have adopted after a […]

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Lessons to My Pre-IVF Self

By Sue McCarron I’m a proud mother of an IVF-created 18-month old who’s considering jumping back into the fertility treatment game to go for number two. Over these past few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time mentally revisiting the land of needles and endless blood tests, hormonal swings and emotional ups and downs. Even […]

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LGBTQ Routes to Parenthood

“So, which of you is the real Mom?” This is the kind of question, amongst many others, that LGBTQ families hear when they are out and about with their children, which thankfully is happening in growing numbers, even though the sensitivity of questions has yet to catch up. According to the 2010 census, 111,000 same […]

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Checklist for preparing for your IVF Insurance Appeal

A denial letter from your insurance company can shatter your hopes of building your family through IVF. However, you can maximize the likelihood of overturning your insurance company’s refusal to pay with a well formulated appeal. Here is a checklist prepared by Catherine Tucker, Esq. on some things to think about when preparing for your IVF […]

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Lesbian and Gay Family Building Using Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)

Samuel Pang, MD  Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Fertility Specialist Reproductive Science Center of New England Medical Director and Director, Donor Egg Program Historically, lesbians who have not had children through prior heterosexual relationships have utilized donor sperm insemination to have children. Similarly, gay men who have not had children through prior heterosexual relationships may […]

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