First Baby Born Using Uterus Transplanted From Deceased Donor
(Link): First Baby Born Using Uterus Transplanted From Deceased Donor
by Maria Cheng
LONDON (AP) – Brazilian doctors are reporting the world’s first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.
Eleven previous births have used a transplanted womb but from a living donor, usually a relative or friend.
Experts said using uteruses from women who have died could make more transplants possible. Ten previous attempts using deceased donors in the Czech Republic, Turkey and the U.S. have failed.
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New Study Suggests Women With Children Age 11 Years Faster Than Their Child-Free Peers
(Link): New Study Suggests Women With Children Age 11 Years Faster Than Their Child-Free Peers
If going through the pain of labor isn’t enough, a new study published in the journal Human Reproduction seems to suggest that women who give birth age faster than their child-free peers, at least on a cellular level.
Apparently, having a child racks up the equivalent of an additional 11 years on this one measure of biological aging and scientists are not so sure why this is.
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Why More Women Are Having Babies at 50 and Beyond
(Link): Why More Women Are Having Babies at 50 and Beyond
….Duckworth [Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill] is expected to deliver her second child a few weeks after she turns 50, a time when many woman expect the end of fertility and the beginning of menopause to be around the corner.
The Senator said she delayed having children to pursue her career and, by the time she was ready, she had to overcome infertility.”The early part of my career, which was also, [like] for most women, your twenties and early thirties, your prime fertility years,” she told ABC station WLS in Chicago, “were also my career-building years.”
She is not alone. Duckworth is among a growing number of women, including celebrities like Janet Jackson and Sophie B. Hawkins, tackling motherhood in their fifties.
Overall birthrates in the United States have been declining for years, reaching a record low in 2016, according to National Bureau of Health Statistics, and provisional data suggests a new low for 2017.
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The Hidden Trauma of Male Infertility by E. Hanna
(Link): The Hidden Trauma of Male Infertility by E. Hanna
Infertility is Not Just An Issue For Women
For 40 per cent of couples who can’t conceive, the issue is related to the man / Alamy
There has been a lot of alarm in recent years about the declining fertility rates of Western men and the potential problems this may pose.
It is estimated that infertility affects one in six heterosexual couples, making it a common issue for those of reproductive age. For 40 per cent of couples who can’t conceive, the problem lies with the man. But despite this, fertility remains something that is traditionally viewed as a “woman’s problem”, with male infertility rarely spoken about.
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Womb Transplants Could Allow Men to Have Babies ‘Tomorrow’, Claims Expert
I wonder, do men get the annoying monthly menstrual period to go along with it, which can come with cramps and backaches? *fingers crossed*
What a strange world we’re living in.
(Link): Womb Transplants Could Allow Men to Have Babies ‘Tomorrow’, Claims Expert
by V Fletcher, November 2017
Blokes would not be able to deliver the baby naturally, but could give birth by cesarean
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Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility by C. Caron
(Link): Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility by C. Caron
Oct 16, 2017
[She was told her eggs were too old or not good enough, so she’d likely not be able to have a kid and the fertility treatment was very expensive and not covered by her insurance]
…Two years later, she remarried. Ms. Bourquin and her husband conceived naturally on the first try. Her doctor was “stunned,” Ms. Bourquin said.
…New research published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association underscores what Ms. Bourquin experienced, and what many fertility experts have already observed: AMH doesn’t dictate a woman’s reproductive potential.
And although AMH testing is one of the most common ways that doctors assess a woman’s fertility — it’s especially important for women struggling with infertility — an AMH value isn’t always telling.
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The Failure of Sex Ed Is Killing Our Daughters by S. Goldberg
(Link): The Failure of Sex Ed Is Killing Our Daughters by S. Goldberg
….If these women relied on their high school sex education classes they were at a near-total loss when it came to reproductive health.
Public school curriculums dead-set on preventing pregnancy focus heavily on sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, and “using protection.”
As for pregnancy itself, senior students often get a glimpse of a woman giving birth before they pass out in horror.
Young women are never given so much as the opportunity to discuss the dynamics of choosing to have children in today’s world, let alone the biology of reproduction, let alone what should go right and what could go wrong.
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Pastor Actually Questions, in the Year 2017, If It’s Acceptable for Mothers to Work Outside of the Home.
I cannot believe we are in the year 2017, and Christians are still asking about this sort of thing and pontificating about it. To even ask and muse about this in 2017 is just sexist.
In regards to this story linked to below, Dee of Wartburg Watch asked on Twitter, something along the lines of, how much money does preacher Todd Wagner earn so that his wife (assuming he has a wife and kids) is able to stay at home all day to watch their kids?
How many of the women in Wagner’s church congregation (who may even be mothers themselves) have jobs outside the home, part of whose job income are paid to him in tithes, so that he can afford to have his wife stay at home and be a stay at home mother?
(Link): Does the Bible Say It’s OK for Moms to Work?
July 28, 2017
by Sheryl Lynn
The pastor of a multi-site church in Texas [Watermark Community Church] recently responded to a question on whether the Bible says it’s OK for moms to work.
While it’s not forbidden, Todd Wagner questioned the motive behind a mother choosing to work over being at home with her children.
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“While it’s not forbidden.” – Yes, you can end it right there. Anything beyond this is Wagner’s opinion.
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Study Reveals Nearly 60% Drop in Male Fertility Since 1970 in the U.S., Europe and Australia
(Link): Sperm count in Western men plunges to record low as scientists blame chemicals in everyday products for crisis
(Link): Huge drop in sperm count could lead to human EXTINCTION: Study reveals 60% drop in fertility since 1970 – driven by the unhealthy Western lifestyle
July 25, 2017
Humans could face extinction if sperm counts continue to drop as fast as they have done in the last four decades in Western countries, a study warns.
Researchers claim the Western lifestyle has more than halved the sperm count of men in the US, Europe and Australia since the 1970s in a new study published by Human Reproduction Update.
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59-year-old who tried for 4 decades to get pregnant baby
(Link): New York woman, 59, gives birth to her first child after trying for 40 YEARS to start a family
-Akosua Budu Amoako, 59, gave birth to her son Isaiah at full-term on June 15
-She and her husband, also called Isaiah, have been trying for a baby since they got married 38 years ago
-Now, they have undergone IVF. The baby was born 7lb 4oz in Albany, New York
(Link): 59-Year-Old Woman Who Tried for 4 Decades to Get Pregnant Has Baby
(Link): She tried for decades to get pregnant. At 59, she just gave birth
(Link): 59-year-old who tried for 4 decades to get pregnant baby
A 59-year-old woman who had tried for nearly four decades to become pregnant has given birth at a New York hospital after fertility treatments.
Akosua Budu Amoako gave birth to a full-term 7-pound, 4-ounce boy on June 15 at Bellevue Woman’s Center in Niskayuna (nihs-kee-YOO’-nuh), near Albany.
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Educated Women Are Freezing Eggs Because Of “Missing Men”
(Link): Educated Women Are Freezing Eggs Because Of”Missing Men“
Women with master’s degrees and doctorates are freezing their eggs because there are not enough educated men in the world, according to a new study.
Researchers interviewed 150 women who were having their eggs frozen at eight clinics in the US and Israel between June 2014 and August 2016. More than 80 percent of participants had college degrees.
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Women In 30s Now Having More Babies Than Younger Moms in U.S.
(Link): American Women are Opting to Wait Longer to Have Kids
(Link): Women in Their 30s Now Having More Babies Than Younger Moms
Women in their early thirties are for the first time having more babies than younger moms in the United States, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to health experts, the shift was caused by more women choosing to wait longer to have children, as well as a steady national drop in teen births. Now, the birth rate for women in the 30-to-34 age group is about 103 per 100,000.
(Link): For the First Time Ever, Thirty-Something Women Are Having More Babies Than Their Twenty-Something Counterparts
In many ways, this attitude, and the milestone marked by the new CDC data, represents a gain for women. As Rebecca Traister wrote in her 2016 book All the Single Ladies, the social permission to delay marriage and childbirth—as well the as the biological ability to do so, first through the use of reliable birth control, now with the help of the booming fertility industry—has given women the freedom to define themselves through means other than motherhood. As recently as 1970, the mean age of first birth was just 21, giving most women precious little time to pursue education, adventure, and professional achievement.
However, the rise of older parenthood is also a response to a workplace paradigm that levies penalties on mothers. The U.S. is (Link): the only wealthy nation in the world without a federal paid parental leave policy, and childcare in this country is (Link): exorbitantly expensive and (Link): frighteningly under-regulated. Together, these factors push many women to put off pregnancy in the name of professional success or financial stability.
In her 2012 book Ready: Why Women are Embracing the New Later Motherhood, University of Houston professor Elizabeth Gregory analyzed census data from 2000 and found that delaying motherhood measurably increased women’s earnings.
(Link): Women In 30s Now Having More Babies Than Younger Moms in U.S. – May 2017
For the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the United States.
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