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What India Can Teach Us About 'Renting Wombs'

For all the raised eyebrows about India's billion-dollar surrogacy industry, that system still seems preferable to our own. At least there, a woman who undergoes the substantial physical and mental rigours of a surrogate pregnancy is clearly and openly compensated for her efforts.
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I'm Fertile. I Want to Adopt. Don't Call Me a Baby Thief

I want to adopt our second child. But then, I got this question: "Why would you want to steal a baby from a family that can't have children?" It had never crossed my mind that we were in competition against infertile families. I believe that the private Canadian adoption system has lost sight of what is paramount to the process: the needs of the children who need forever families. There has been a clear shift away from this goal towards fulfilling the desires of parents who are unable to conceive.
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After Miscarrying I Never Got the Pregnant Glow Back

There is a fantasy surrounding pregnancy portraying it as a blissful state when women glow with health and the miracle of life. Yet, when a woman has experienced miscarriage and/or infertility, a pregnancy can be filled with fear and anxiety. We are not women who will ever experience that radiance that is supposed to accompany pregnancy.

Why "Trying" Is Different Than Having Sex

There is nothing less romantic or erotic than getting busy with the end goal of producing something that wears poopy diapers. "Trying" is really, well, trying. Anyone who thinks it's "the fun part" has never had to turn it into work -- relentless, scheduled, no-matter-how-tired-you-are, get-up-at-5:30a.m.-before-you-go-to-work, work -- which is then charted on graph according to basal body temperature.

Not a Biological Parent? How to Tell Your Child

As an infertility counsellor, I see a lot of clients who are using third-party family building strategies. This includes using sperm or egg donation and/or a gestational carrier. One of the many concerns these individuals have about family building using these methods is what they will tell their child.
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How Sexual Abuse Affects Fertility

In my practice I have seen several clients who did not marry and/or or attempt to have children until later in life when they had resolved the emotional trauma from sexual abuse, and its impact on their interpersonal relationships. Having waited, these women were now facing age-related infertility.
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Should Your Donor Offspring Know Its Biological Parents?

As barriers to adoption increase, egg donation is becoming a more popular option for couples who are unable to use their own eggs. Because it is illegal to pay for eggs in Canada, it is often difficult for a woman to find a donor, so they head to the U.S. Many of the egg banks do not yet offer open ID donor programs and this causes a bit of an ethical dilemma. Should these individuals, desperate for a child, and without other options, not proceed with what is often the most accessible and affordable means of getting a donated egg because their hypothetical child may want to know the identity of his or her biological mother?
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Making Yourself More Fertile -- the Natural Way

It's no secret that women today are waiting longer to have children. This naturally decreases the opportunity for spontaneous pregnancy, especially for women in their mid- to late-thirties, leaving many couples seeking treatment for infertility. Fortunately, there are viable, safe, and effective natural options to support and boost your fertility.
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Cross-Border Egg Shopping

Canadian couples with fertility problems can buy frozen eggs online from U.S. egg banks and have them shipped to clinics here, thanks to advances in reproductive technology and a void in government re...