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Against the Odds: Infertility in Toronto

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, May 17, 2008 | 0 comments

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Against the Odds, Infertility in Toronto


The longing to have a child is as old as time. Today, as people delay the age at which they begin their families, one in six couples struggles with infertility. But new and improved reproductive technologies offer people new opportunities and keep hope alive - even when the odds of actually having a baby are stacked against them.

In our series, we explore the cost of that hope, both financial and emotional, with Torontonians who have gone through fertility treatments. We also look at the promise of new and emerging reproductive technologies. We'll examine the growing pressure on Ontario's government to cover a broader range of fertility treatments. And we'll meet young people who were born thanks to the help of fertility specialists - and hear their insights into a technical revolution that often outstrips our ability to understand its emotional and moral implications.

Thanks to all those who added their stories to our discussion.


Canadian fertility doctors are the first to successfully bring a baby to term from a frozen egg, matured in a lab rather than the mother's womb.

Here is a CBS article about the announcement.

The new technology for freezing eggs holds enormous promise for people struggling with infertility. But it also comes with a lot of controversy and risk.

Toronto fertility doctor Tom Hannam works on the front lines of new reproductive technologies. Dr. Hannam freezes eggs for some of his patients. Here he is, talking about these latest developments from McGill University (runs 7:20).

The interviews and stories that aired as part of this series will also be available on CD. The CDs are available online through the CBC Shop or by calling 1-800-955-7711


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Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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