Becoming a Mother: How Old is Too Old?

Recent breakthroughs in egg-freezing technology may be a game changer for age-related infertility.  As a woman profiled in a recent Vogue article on the topic says, “oocyte cryopreservation” is freeing her from the “tyranny of the expiration date” of being able to have children.

How does it work? What are the pros? What issues does it raise? Check it out. Continue reading “Becoming a Mother: How Old is Too Old?”

Reporting Back: The March 2011 On-the-Ground Question

The March On-the-Ground question was: In your opinion, what is the most powerful example of pro-baby messaging in the media? Here’s what you said:

The April Question: In your internet travels, tune into pro-baby messaging–How does pro-baby messaging show up and live online?

Let’s hear from you!

PGD: Next Step Toward Designer Babies?

In addition to what I talked about in the last post, 3-parent IVF, there is another controversial procedure that enables would-be parents to select the sex of a child with almost 100 percent certainty through a technique called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD).  Also known as “Family Balancing,”  it can be part of the IVF process. How does it work? Continue reading “PGD: Next Step Toward Designer Babies?”

Does Three Parent IVF Go Too Far?

Scientists at Newcastle University have developed a new cloning technique called “three parent invitro fertilization (IVF).” It involves fixing malfunctioning mitochondrial DNA during the IVF fertilization process. How this works is rather amazing yet concerning.   Continue reading “Does Three Parent IVF Go Too Far?”