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New techniques improve IVF success rates

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 0 comments

Image: Life size model of baby at 8 weeks after conception. Photo credit: Bill Davenport (lumix2004) on Free Images

Photo credit: Life size model of baby at 8 weeks after conception
by Bill Davenport
A life-sizets from Yale University, US, have developed a new technique to improve IVF efficiency from a current success rate of around 34 percent, to more than 80 percent in a pilot study.

Fertility clinics usually study newly fertilized embryos under a microscope to determine if they are developing in a normal way, and to see which seem the most likely to successfully implant.

Emre Seli and his team have developed a more advanced method of analyzing which embryos are healthy, by studying cell metabolism

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Image: A Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy, by Gail Dutton. Publisher: Clouds Publishing; 1st edition (April 1, 1997)A Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy
by Gail Dutton

-- Published in 1997, this book is a step-by-step guide to surrogate parenting.

It discusses finding and working with a surrogate, what a surrogate program provides, what to include in the contracts, recommended testing for potential surrogates, detailed costs for each item related to surrogacy, the medical procedure, medications and their side effects, embryo cryo-preservation, demographics of surrogates and surrogate couples and the effects of surrogacy upon children.

One chapter outlines the laws in U.S. states and in Israel, South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Russia.

Jewish law also is discussed, along with the views of several Christian denominations, and other religions regarding surrogacy.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
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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