By: Inside Edition, Johanna Li

It was a touching act of love when a California woman offered to be the surrogate mother of twins for her younger sister, who wasn’t able to bear children after she had battled cancer.

Maggie Paxton, 32, of Fullerton became a mother of twins Emery Layne and Deeanna Nicole Paxton after her older sister, who acted as a surrogate, gave birth last week.

“The girls are great,” Paxton told InsideEdition.com. “I know I’m biased, but they really are beautiful babies.”

Read more

By: Daily Mail UK, Stephen Matthews

IVF treatment could be limited to just cancer patients and sufferers of HIV who have been left infertile if controversial new plans go ahead.

In light of the NHS financial crisis, Richmond CCG is proposing to change its policy on who will be able to undergo fertility treatment.

It has stated that it needs to make £13million in savings in the next financial year, with IVF being the first service to be getting slashed.

And it is now considering prohibiting infertile women from having children unless they have been affected by chemotherapy or chronic viruses.

But experts fear that if the plans do go ahead that other clinical commissioning groups (which control local health funding) across the country will follow suit and prevent many women from starting their dream family.

Some critics also argue that those who would be given access could face a reduced life expectancy, potentially leaving a child without parents growing up.

Read more

By: Huffington Post, Lauren Vaknine

IVF. One of the most difficult things a couple can go through. Take it from someone who used to be disabled – IVF was even harder than that. The thing with fertility treatment is that it drains you of everything you have; physically, emotionally and financially.

Before we knew we had infertility problems and friends would tell me they had IVF, I had no idea how absolutely life-changing it must have been for them. I just assumed that they had IVF, they now have a baby, hunky dory. Because of my own prior ignorance about IVF, I can understand why people who have never been through it may have certain questions about it, and I can empathise with those thoughts, but I’m here to help you filter which of those thoughts should never be said out loud.

Below is a list of tips that will prevent you from getting your eyes gouged out by a highly emotional and hormonal woman.

Read more

By: UPI, Amy Wallace

Feb. 8 (UPI) — Researchers at Boston University Medical Center, or BMC, and IVF New England have found a link between higher miscarriage rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization, or IVF, and daylight savings time.

The study found that miscarriage rates in women who had a prior pregnancy loss and underwent IVF were higher prior to or during daylight savings time.

Previous studies have shown that DST creates a disruption to daily circadian rhythms and the one-hour time difference has been known to cause negative health impacts like increased incidence of heart attack.

Read more

By: MarketWatch, Sarah Elizabeth Richards

If you’re looking for insurance coverage to help you have a baby, it’s not a good idea to wait and see what might replace the Affordable Care Act.

Despite the fact that the science of in-vitro fertilization is better than ever, infertility treatment has been curiously missing from the national conversation of what should be considered essential medical care.

Yet a handful of states might finally be giving reproductive health the attention it deserves: A new bill to expand infertility coverage was introduced in the New York state legislature last month and similar efforts are underway in Mississippi, New Jersey and South Carolina.

The proposed legislation comes as more companies dangle ever-generous infertility benefits packages as part of a “family-friendly” perks race intended to retain female employees. In the latest high-profile announcement, American Express now offers employees up to $35,000 in coverage for baby-making services, including IVF and medication.

Read more

By: Pink News, Joseph Patrick McCormick

An anti-LGBT ‘bathroom bill’ has been withdrawn in the US state of South Dakota at its first stage of the legislative process.

Legislators in the state had been considering the bill, which was introduced last week.

It would mean public school students would have to use locker, shower rooms and changing facilities corresponding to the sex assigned at birth.

A similar bill was vetoed by Governor Dennis Daugaard last year.

But the bill was withdrawn at committee stage, Senate Education Committee Chairman Jim Bolin said today.

Read more

By: People, Julie Mazziotta

A year and a half after the birth of her triplets, Desiree Fortin‘s stomach has a “postpartum pooch” that led two people to congratulate her on another — nonexistent — pregnancy. But after struggling with infertility, she couldn’t be prouder of her “baby bump.”

The photographer and mom blogger wrote about accepting the realities of her post-baby body and appreciating all it had done, after spending years wondering if she would ever be able to have kids.

“I was challenged to really think about my body,” Fortin writes of being congratulated on her ‘pregnancy.’ “Was I really proud of the wounds left behind on my stomach after carrying and delivering my triplets? Was I really beautiful?”

“Despite my ‘baby bump,’ when I look into the mirror, I see so much more beauty than I ever seen before because my hope wounds, which are with me forever, have far greater meaning to me than I ever knew they would.”

Read more

By: Yahoo, Léa Surugue

Since the birth of Louise Brown in 1978, the first baby ever born following conception by in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), thousands of infertile couples have gone down this route.

To increase the chance of them becoming parents, doctors in the UK can transfer up to two embryos to women under the age of 40, and three embryos in the case of women older than 40.

This makes it more likely that the treatment will result in a live birth but also that they will end up getting twins or triplets. The probability of conceiving and giving birth to a multiples (twins, triplets and more) increases with the number of embryos transferred during IVF.

Read more

By: Baltimore Business Journal, Morgan Eichensehr

Betsy Cerulo said now finally felt like the right time to start an LGBT Chamber of Commerce in Maryland.

Ten, or even just five years ago, the LGBT business community seemed smaller and more fragmented. Some business owners chose to remain quiet about their sexual orientation and others advocated for legislation on gay marriage and workplace anti-discrimination. But Maryland has made a lot of progress over the past several years on this front, Cerulo said, and she and another business owner, Dave Imre, decided to see if Maryland was ready for an LGBT chamber.

And apparently, it was. Imre, of Imre, a marketing firm, and Cerulo hosted a meeting last March to see if there was any interest in the group. About 35 people showed up.

Read more

By: Yahoo Beauty, Korin Miller

Chrissy Teigen has been open and vocal about her struggle with fertility and her subsequent choice to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) to have children. And now, she’s tackling critics head-on who suggest that she took the easy way out.

On Monday, Teigen tweeted, “Since this is coming up again, I said our next baby would be a boy because that is the embryo we have left. A boy. So. Yeah.” Later a user, Linda Wampler, tweeted back at her, “did you give it a minute to try naturally or are you avoiding ‘the act?’ At least no political rants!” Teigen then replied, “Hi Linda, thanks for asking, you complete witch. I tried for about 9 years. Anything else, let me know!”

Read more