May 1, 2015 |
WHEN Patrick and Shannon Marie Frasca of Bensalem saw the story of their battle with infertility told on the Internet for the world to see, they felt embarrassed. But it didn't take long for the couple, who grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, to come around. An outpouring of support swelled quickly in the form of encouraging messages and donations popping up on GoFundMe.com, a crowdfunding website where Shannon's sister, Jeannine Roach, 21, published their story. And any hesitation about publicly sharing their struggle melted away.
November 17, 2013 |
The most comprehensive analysis of the health-care costs of multiple births is a real (sticker) shock. When the pregnant woman's prenatal care and the babies' care through the first year are included, a single birth costs $21,458, compared with $104,831 for twins and $407,199 for triplets or more, according to a new study of insurance claims in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. That means twins cost five times as much as single births, and higher multiples cost 19 times as much.
July 26, 2013 |
IF EVERYONE'S favorite young royals, Kate and William, used a sophisticated, made-in-Britain fertility tracker to help conceive Prince George of Cambridge, Shamus Husheer isn't telling. "They'd probably have bought the device under a false name," said the likewise Cambridge (University)-connected co-inventor of DuoFertility, perhaps the most practical piece of wearable, digital health electronics we've stumbled on since, well, forever. "And of course, even if the royal couple do have it, our confidentiality agreement would prevent us from telling you," added the good doc. Spawned in the U.K. in 2009, DuoFertility has significantly improved its profile in the past two years.
July 5, 2013
D EAR ABBY: My husband and I are the proud parents of beautiful 4-year-old twins. After years of infertility, we found out that my husband has a low sperm count. Additionally, I have very few eggs. Ultimately, we conceived our miracles with IVF and the help of a sperm donor. We do not want to keep this a secret from our children. However, we understand that once the dialogue with our children begins, others will naturally find out. My husband still feels very uncomfortable discussing his condition.
August 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The roadside bomb that exploded outside Andrew Robinson's humvee in Iraq six years ago broke the Marine staff sergeant's neck and left him without use of his legs. It also cast doubt on his ability to father a child, a gnawing emotional wound for a then-23-year-old who had planned to start a family with his wife of less than two years. The catastrophic spinal cord injury meant the couple's best hope for children was in vitro fertilization, an expensive and time-consuming medical procedure whose cost isn't covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
July 21, 2011 |
Question: My husband and I have been trying to conceive for over two years. I feel like my life is in a holding pattern. We'll be starting IVF soon. Already tried some other high-tech procedures. I can't plan a vacation or commit to anything long-term outside of work because "soon I might be pregnant. " After living my life like this for two years, I am getting really tired of it. We really want a child. I'm 35, so I don't feel like we can take a break. Any advice? This stinks.
June 27, 2011 |
Question: My religious-convert sister (RCS) has told my gay sister (GS) that RCS and her husband and children will not ever meet GS's children (1-year-old twins). GS is still welcome to visit RCS and her family alone. RCS's rationale seems to be that her children are getting old enough to ask hard questions, and she doesn't know what to tell them about their aunts and their IVF cousins. I am devastated that our family apparently will never again be all together, not to mention incredibly angry and hurt.
February 5, 2006 |
Last June, after a week of fertility-drug shots, Christine Mozes' ovaries went into overdrive, literally bursting with eggs ripening in their watery sacs. If she were to have taken the full course of drugs, her hyperstimulated ovaries could have triggered life-threatening breathing problems, kidney failure, and blood clots. George Taliadouros, her avuncular physician at Delaware Valley Institute of Fertility and Genetics in Marlton, cut off the treatment she needed to get pregnant.
November 4, 2005 |
THE DAWN OF Kevin Federline's hip-hop career has begun, though it remains to be seen if it will last past breakfast. A track by Federline was posted on the Internet by Disco D, the producer of his upcoming album, "The Truth," due next year. Though the song has since been taken off Disco D's Web site, it has popped up elsewhere, giving a glimpse of Mr. Britney Spears' rhyming, um, abilities. "Back then, they called me K-Fed, but you can call me Daddy instead," he intones in the chorus of "Y'all Ain't Ready.
October 20, 2004 |
Does in vitro fertilization harm children's health? Infertility researchers offered a mostly reassuring answer yesterday, but with caveats. On one hand, there appears to be no connection between IVF and developmental problems, cancer, deformities, or overall health difficulties, based on studies of children up to age 8. On the other hand, IVF dramatically raises the risk of multiple births, which in turn is linked to prematurity with all its complications. And even singleton IVF babies are twice as likely to be born prematurely, underweight, and die within a week as babies conceived naturally, the researchers concluded.