Monthly Archives: November 2011

The dilemma of un-used embryos

As my donor procedures were by intra-uterine insemination and not IVF I’ve never experienced having more embryos from a cycle than was sensible to transfer and having to freeze or vitrify them for potential future use.  Of course if a … Continue reading

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The importance of listening

It’s always important to listen to children…really listen to the feelings behind the words.  Actually, it’s always important to listen to ANYONE.  It isn’t always comfortable or convenient to hear what they have to say or how they feel, but … Continue reading

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Support for the IVF rollercoaster

Whilst we were very busy at the Fertility Show at the beginning of the month, someone ran up to me and pressed a book into my hands.  I think she thanked me for talking to her during the writing of … Continue reading

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Let’s hear it for the ‘quiet embryos’

Yesterday’s conference The Best Possible Start in Life: The Robust and Responsive Embryo, proved as interesting as I thought it might be.  I am no scientist so found some of the terminology and the concepts hard to get my head … Continue reading

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Embryos and epigenetics

There is what I hope will be a truly fascinating conference taking place at the Institute of Child Health in London on Wednesday this week, 23rd November.  It is being run by Progress Educational Trust and has the title The … Continue reading

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The birth certificate controversy

Well apparently whilst I was having a lovely day with my grand-daughter, Woman’s Hour did find someone with more controversial views for their item on changing birth certificates to include the fact of donor conception, and ran the item yesterday. … Continue reading

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The role of Faith and love…

Well, Elizabeth Marquardt responded to part of my request for clear statements about her assumptions, or biases as she probably more accurately calls them.  http://familyscholars.org/2011/11/16/live-debate-marquardt-responds-to-montuschi/#more-7801 Her religious affiliation is interesting.  I knew nothing about the Bahi’i Faith, but a quick … Continue reading

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