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A fashion designer has been left distraught after she was turned down for IVF funding because her partner already has a son from a previous relationship.
Susi Henson, 33, is unable to conceive naturally as she suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome, which causes cysts to form on her ovaries. She and her partner Jay Nightingale visited their GP and were referred for treatment.
The first baby with three biological parents could be conceived next year after the Government announced a major review of Britain’s fertility laws.
The move would allow doctors to use a revolutionary IVF technique that prevents incurable, deadly genetic illnesses being passed down from mothers to their children.
Babies created with the therapy – called three-parent IVF – would inherit 98 per cent of their DNA from their ‘real’ parents. The rest would come from a female donor.
The birth of the world's test tube baby heralded a new era of fertility treatment, and thirty years on 12,000 IVF babies are born every year in Britain alone.
The development of In Vitro Fertilisation, or IVF as it is commonly known, meant doctors could fertilise a woman's egg in a laboratory, before placing it in her womb to develop.
Since Doctors Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards artificially orchestrated the birth of Louise Brown, IVF has undergone a substantial amount of progress.
An Australian couple is seeking the right to determine the sex of their unborn child.
The couple has three boys already and lost a daughter shortly after birth. Since the loss of their daughter, the couple has tried to conceive a baby girl again with the help of IVF.
The couple’s quest became controversial when they announced that they had aborted twin boys in their quest to have a baby girl. A decision the couple described as “traumatic.”
Egg Donation - Alot is currently being said about egg donors and their "place" in this world of third party family building. First, we had Melanie Thernstrom and her "twiblings", then we are seeing the reinvigeration of "Eggsploitation." I actually congratulate Jennifer Lahl on winning a California Independent Film Award, as her film is creating a discourse that is needed, albeit on the sensational side.
QUESTION: My husband has two sister's who both have offered to be egg donors for us. One is 28 and the other is 45. When it comes to things like Down Syndrome and other birth defects, is it the egg or the gestational surrogate that would determine the health of the child? Also if bipolar and depression run in the family - would that be something else we should be concerned about? Or would it be better to just seek out a egg donor to have a child?