By: The Telegraph, Lydia Willgress

Techno may be the missing ingredient when it comes to helping ‘test tube babies’ grow better, scientists have claimed.

Research carried out at the Altravita IVF clinic in Moscow found that playing the music, known for its repetitive bass line, for 24 hours a day to eggs in test tubes increased the number of viable embryos by nearly a fifth.

In the study, A State of Trance by DJ Armin van Buuren was played to 758 eggs at 80 decibels, while the same number were nurtured in silence, The Times reported.

The team, led by Alex Biryukov, found the eggs that were played the music were marginally more likely to grow into embryos, but much more likely to develop to the stage in which they could be implanted.

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By: Daily Mail, Angella Johnson

The  discreet announcement, made just yesterday, was much as you might expect for the very newest member of the British aristocracy: ‘To Emma, Viscountess Weymouth, and Ceawlin, Viscount Weymouth, a son, Henry Richard Isaac.’

Born at a private clinic on December 30, the Honourable Henry Thynn – a second grandson for the 7th Marquess of Bath – will soon be tucked up safely in his ancestral home, the magnificent Longleat House.

There, however, the sense of tradition comes to a genteel halt. For, as Henry’s visibly relieved father cut the umbilical court and Lady Weymouth cradled her son for the first time, both new parents turned to another woman; an exhausted but beaming thirtysomething lying in the delivery bed – and thanked her gratefully.

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By: People, Megan Stein

Flipping Out fans rejoice: Jenni Pulos is pregnant for the second time!

The 44-year-old exclusively tells PEOPLE that she’s expecting a baby girl in June with husband Dr. Jonathan Nassos. The couple are also parents to 3-year-old daughter Alianna Marika.

“It was a real miracle,” Pulos says. “For me, there was this unconditional love I received from my daughter that validated everything that other people hadn’t in my life. So when I found out that that would happen again, it was like, this is too great.”

Her journey to baby number two, however, has not been easy, as she had to overcome many disheartening obstacles that accompany in vitro fertilization treatments.

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By: NPR, Camila Domonoske

On behalf of the U.S. State Department, John Kerry has issued a formal apology for the department’s pattern of discrimination against LGBT employees during a period beginning in the 1940s and stretching for decades.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., had asked the secretary of state for such an apology in late November, calling the historical discrimination “un-American and unacceptable.”

The Washington Blade reported on Cardin’s request in early December, noting at the time that the State Department said it was preparing a response.

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By: The Spinoff, Kat McKenzie

Member of the Forever Hopeful Club, and author of a column on The Spinoff Parents about her journey trying to conceive, Kat McKenzie shares her tips for supporting friends facing infertility.

Firstly, let me say that I know that navigating these issues with those you care about can seem like a minefield. It’s terrifying when someone reaches out to you and you don’t know how to respond in fear of saying the wrong thing. You want to support those struggling, and I appreciate that – I’m not here to point fingers.

Please also know this: we know that you care. But sometimes what you think may be helpful or kind comes off as insensitive or upsetting. The good intentions that you are approaching us with are just sometimes hard to see under many, many layers of hurt. We’re in that Parenting Waiting Room when you’re often already through the doors.

So,  let’s begin knowing we are all trying our best to support our loved ones. Your friend or family member has told you that they are struggling with infertility or undergoing infertility investigations or they need some help to get pregnant. Their ways of coping will be different – some may seem fine, others may be on the brink of losing it. The best tactic is always to treat it like any other medical issue – they may have already been given horrendous news, or they may be terrified that when they do go to the doctor they’ll have all hope stripped from them.

It’s not often a simple fix.

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By: Huffington Post, Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

When I was going through fertility treatment, “E! News” anchor Giuliana Rancic and the first “Apprentice” winner, Bill Rancic, had a reality show called, Giuliana And Bill. On it, they shared their experience with In Vitro Fertilization, miscarriage and the emotional rollercoaster one in six go through to conceive. At the time, I didn’t watch the show as I felt I was already living it but I had great respect for their openness. The show shined a light on infertility issues but on a personal level, it helped my mother gain insight into my life so she could better support me.

Lately, there seems to be a growing amount of celebrities that are sharing their path (or rocky road depending) on trying to have a baby. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have recently opened up about their experience with IVF and the use of pre-genetic screening (PGS) to have their daughter, Luna. John Legend was quoted as saying, “People shouldn’t be ashamed of their fertility struggles” and I think so many who have trouble conceiving and keeping pregnancies are grateful to those in the public eye for educating the many who got pregnant with a simple glass of wine and good intentions.

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By: mindbodygreen. Kelsey Holland

It took a long time for me to arrive at the conclusion that, although it wasn’t what I’d hoped for, my diagnosis of infertility yielded a profoundly positive impact on my identity as a woman and as a general human being. And while it is still the most emotionally and physically draining circumstance I’ve faced in my 27 years of life, there is a silver lining that exists within it.

My feelings on this are still largely dependent upon the day, the week, or the month; when your future is hanging in the balance on a daily basis, your proclivity toward optimism often suffers the same fate. In my moments of quiet clarity, however, I am able to clearly observe all the ways in which it has permitted me the opportunity to shape and appreciate exactly who I am.

The delicate balance between grappling with a medical issue as maddening as infertility and all of the ways in which I have witnessed the positive internal growth it can inspire has created room for a deeply rooted sense of gratitude among all of the frustration and anguish. Gratitude, however, is just one of several ways that this intensely personal struggle has helped me to form a foundation to construct my identity.

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By: Gay Star News, Joe Morgan

Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has published draft regulation to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy.

The regulation will outlaw the use of the torture known as ‘conversion therapy’, widely considered harmful by international health organizations as dangerous to a person’s mental and physical health.

The government is consulting with the public for 30 days, and after that period, will consider on whether to ban the practice.

It is hoped the ban on ‘gay cure’ therapy will be added as an amendment to the Physicians Act, which would fine and/or suspend medical professionals who engage in banned treatments.

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LAFAYETTE, La. – They discussed it as teens, but Michelle Newsom didn’t think her sister, Lauren Hayes, would actually agree to do it.

Michelle was told at age 16 she would never be able to bear a child. Lauren immediately offered to be the surrogate mother to Michelle’s child when the time came. That promise resulted in the birth of Sutten Faye Newsom at 2:02 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, making her the first baby born in Lafayette in 2017. She weighed 7 pounds, 5.3 ounces and measured 19 ¾ inches.

“At first, when we were teens, I didn’t take her seriously,” Michelle, 29, said Sunday, as she cradled Sutten in her arms next to Lauren at Women’s & Children’s Hospital. “It wasn’t long after I got married in March 2015 that the subject came up. Asking was weirdly simple. We love each other a lot.”

Lauren, 26, already a mother of two young children, said she believes every woman should experience the joy of having a baby.

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By Mirror, Courtney Greatrex

Could you help another woman fulfil her desire to be a mum ?

There is a shortage of reproductive egg donors with demand – especially from women over 45 – outstripping supply.

Now a leading fertility expert is calling for the reversal of the “right to know” law, introduced in 2005, which allows a child to have information about or make contact with their donor once they turn 18.

Dr Luciano Nardo, consultant gynaecologist and clinical director of Cheshire-based Reproductive Health Group, says: “There is a national shortage of sperm and egg donors in the UK.

Realistically, using a clinic outside of the UK is the only way we can offer our patients a good service without a waiting list that could stretch to months or even years.”

So what is involved in donating your eggs? Here one donor tells her story:

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