April 28, 2016
THE PARENTS: Karen Meshkov, 37, and Matt Pillischer, 37, of Wyncote THE CHILD: Asa Janos Pillischer, adopted Feb. 18, 2016 LENGTH OF TIME BETWEEN KAREN'S FIRST PHONE CALL TO ADOPTIONS WITH LOVE AND THE SECOND, "GOOD NEWS" CALL: Two hours After the second failed IVF attempt, after the bill that was twice what they'd anticipated because the first try ended in an ectopic pregnancy that required two surgeries, Karen and Matt decided to...
February 25, 2016 |
Question: I'm in the middle of a messy divorce, six months after my son - conceived after years of IVF - died at birth. I've also just started a new job with a lot more responsibility, and am living in temporary accommodations since my soon-to-be-ex is in the marital home. I'm constantly either furious or in deep, black grief. It's exhausting. My counselor says I need to take better care of myself. I agree, but I don't know how. If I take some time off, or go on vacation, or treat myself, it won't change the reality - my son will still be dead, and my marriage will still have collapsed.
February 25, 2016 |
One pregnancy loss - especially at 15 weeks, when her profile had already begun to bulge and the ultrasound images looked like an actual baby - felt like crushingly bad luck. But a second miscarriage - at seven weeks, when scans showed a fetal pole but no heartbeat - left Kim and Jared shaken, saddened, and wondering whether they would ever be able to carry a baby to term. "I was completely naive to the fact that we could have another loss," Kim says. "I thought: Is this coincidence or horrible luck?
January 3, 2016
Too many women give up on in vitro fertilization too soon, a new study suggests. After analyzing more than 250,000 in vitro fertilization attempts by more than 150,000 women over nearly a decade, researchers found that women could keep increasing their chances of having a live birth through up to nine IVF cycles, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. What's more, the researchers defined an IVF cycle more expansively. Instead of considering each attempt to transfer one or more embryos into the womb as an individual cycle, study authors counted each attempt to stimulate the ovaries and retrieve eggs as the beginning of a new cycle.
July 9, 2015 |
Only the most twisted algorithm would have put these two together: She was a city girl, a blond, blue-eyed extrovert, raised by a philosopher and a hippie. He was a dark-haired, taciturn traditionalist who grew up in the suburbs. But Nora had just a month left in her Match.com subscription and, with a string of disappointing dates behind her, she paused on Sam's profile. "I was thinking, 'What do I have to lose?' " The two met for a picnic in Valley Green, followed by a long hike.
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.