50-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to First Child: ‘We Wouldn’t Give Up’
(Link): 50-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to First Child: ‘We Wouldn’t Give Up’
Nov 24, 2021
By Ann W. Schmidt
Susie Troxler always wanted to be a mother. Now, at the age of 50, she is.
Troxler gave birth to her first child, Lily, on Sept. 29 at Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“It was so surreal,” Troxler said in a press release from the hospital. “Everything had come together for that moment to happen. It’s hard to wrap our heads around. We’re no longer just husband and wife, we’re ‘mommy’ and ‘daddy.’”
Troxler and her husband Tony, 61, were married in 2008 and tried multiple times to have children at first, naturally. Then, about two years ago, she started in-vitro fertilization treatment and later, egg donation, FOX Television Stations reported.
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After ‘Nightmare’ IVF Mix Up, Two Mothers Give Birth to Each Other’s Babies
(Link): After ‘Nightmare’ IVF Mix Up, Two Mothers Give Birth to Each Other’s Babies
Four months after giving birth, the California families swapped babies to return the children to their rightful parents. But the entire process has been devastating.
Nov 9, 2021
By Samantha Kubota
Alexander and Daphna Cardinale were already the proud parents of a young girl. But when she kept asking for a sibling, they decided to do in-vitro fertilization at a clinic their friend recommended.
On their second try, Daphna Cardinale got pregnant and carried a baby girl to term.
But when Alexander Cardinale saw the healthy child on the day of her birth in September 2019 — with darker skin and dark hair — he says he knew something was off.
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Men’s Fertility Fears Spawn a Mini Industry by Robbie Whelan
The print version of this article has a different heading than the online version for some reason.
(Link): Men’s Fertility Fears Spawn a Mini Industry by R Whelan
Sept 10, 2021
A crop of companies aims to make sperm-freezing a routine procedure for young men, as employers start to offer it as a benefit.
[Article opens with the example of a 39 year old man who had medical issues, so he got some of his sperm frozen]
…. For decades, the conversation about waning fertility has been focused largely on women.
… Recently, a small group of biotech startups have hatched, dedicated to what they say is an underserved market: male fertility.
Armed with recent scientific research suggesting that the quality of sperm is declining in the West, the companies are trying to make sperm-freezing a routine procedure for young, healthy men, one covered by health insurance and free of stigma.
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Imagine a Future Without Sex by James Lee
(Link): Imagine a Future Without Sex by James Lee
Reproductive technology may lead us to realize too late that being human is better than playing God.
…. All this creates unprecedented ethical challenges in the immediate future. Consider the parents who use IVF to raise their children’s IQ.
If the children repeat the process for another generation, taking advantage of scientific advances during the interim, they could bring the total average gain in the grandchildren north of 10 points—a huge gain.
That advantage could be big enough to give the grandchildren radically disproportionate representation at the highest levels of science, finance, information technology, medicine, law and business.
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Designer Baby Revolution: Can We Outlaw Sexual Reproduction?
(Link): Designer Baby Revolution: Can We Outlaw Sexual Reproduction?
By Cameron English — August 30, 2021
Could governments mandate that we quit reproducing sexually for the sake of public health? It sounds outlandish, but there are prominent thinkers making that case.
Their argument is superficially plausible but ultimately absurd, both for scientific and ethical reasons.
…. However this particular dispute ends, the opposing sides and the underlying point of contention, who controls your body, aren’t going anywhere soon.
The reason is that advances in health care are enabling physicians to identify the genetic underpinnings of serious diseases and take preventative measures before their patients suffer the debilitating effects of these disorders.
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Births Fall to 42-year Low in U.S. (May 2021 Report)
Cue all the pearl clutching by other conservatives about low birth rates!
Many conservatives will commence with demonizing women, and incorrectly assume all of us women who never married and/or never had children must be abortion-supporting, man-hating harpies.
I’m sure Al Mohler will write another singles-shaming, childless- or childfree- shaming editorial on his stupid nuclear-family worshipping blog.
(Link): U.S. Birth Rate Falls To Lowest Point In More Than A Century
The rate dropped for moms of every major race and ethnicity, and in nearly age group. The pandemic no doubt contributed to last year’s big decline, experts say.
(Link): U.S. Birthrate Fell By 4% In 2020, Hitting Another Record Low
The U.S. total fertility rate, which estimates how many babies a hypothetical group of 1,000 women would have during their life based on data from a given year, remains far “below replacement” – meaning there wouldn’t be enough babies born for a generation to exactly replace itself.
(Link): Births fall to 42-year low in U.S. (May 2021 Report)
The number of births in the U.S. fell 4% in 2020, dropping to the lowest level since 1979 and continuing a multi-year trend of declining birth rates.
That’s according to a report published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
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The Silent Shame of Male Infertility by M. Oaklander
(Link): The Silent Shame of Male Infertility
By MANDY OAKLANDER
January 3, 2019
…He started taking fertility drugs to help his testicles recover. But three months later, he still had no sperm. He’d been injecting himself with testosterone because his body could no longer produce it naturally, but his doctor recommended he stop in order to make the fertility drugs more effective.
Now his sperm count is slowly climbing, but his sex drive has withered, along with his energy and 30 pounds of muscle. He has fat in places he never had before, including his breast tissue. He’s become depressed.
On his social-media accounts, Goldman has scaled back on shirtless photos and posts more long-sleeved shots instead. But beyond confiding in his wife, he hasn’t publicly shared what’s really going on. “I have 10-plus thousand people that follow me on Instagram,” he says, “who don’t know who the f-ck I am.”
Infertility is almost always thought of as a woman’s issue, and it’s true that women bear the greater burden of it. They are the ones who ultimately either get pregnant or don’t, and regardless of which partner has the fertility problem, the woman’s body is usually the site of treatment.
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Miscarriages ‘Caused by Low Quality Sperm Not Health of Mother’
(Link): Miscarriages ‘Caused by Low Quality Sperm Not Health of Mother’
Experts are rethinking the causes of recurrent miscarriages after a new study found male partners in miscarriage had sperm with higher levels of DNA-damage
Miscarriages may be due to the quality of the sperm rather than the health of the mother, a study suggests.
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First Baby Born Using Uterus Transplanted From Deceased Donor
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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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(Link): The Overlooked Emotions of Sperm Donation
by Ashley Fetters
July 9, 2018
“My hope is that people think about how this is more than a transaction,” says one family therapist.
Sperm donation offers a tidy solution to an aggravating problem: When a person or a couple wants a baby and needs a different ingredient than what they’ve currently got to make one, a man with viable sperm swoops in to help.
…As simple a transaction as sperm donation can seem to be, though, some find it to be stressful or isolating—and because assisted reproductive technology is a relatively new, rapidly developing field, the social and emotional challenges that can arise between the participants in a sperm donation are, for many, uncharted.
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The Entitled, Insensitive Comments Left by Entitled Christian Mothers, and the Men Who Support Them, Under the Post ‘Don’t Ask Moms To Stand In Church This Sunday (Mother’s Day)’
As of 2018, the snotty entitlement and insensitivity of some mothers – and Christian men who support them – continues.
I’ve been blogging about this topic for a few years now on this blog. It makes me sad to see this still going on.
DefendTheSheep (person on Twitter) tweeted out a link to this reasonable essay imploring Christians to be more sensitive towards those who find the Mother’s Day holiday painful. Link to that:
(Link): Don’t Ask Moms To Stand in Church This Sunday
My problem is not with the essay itself.
As a matter of fact, I encourage you to click the link above to visit the page and read it.
My problem was with some of the hideous comments various people left below the page.
Some of the comments were just incredibly insensitive or very mistaken about why some people find Mother’s Day – especially when it’s celebrated during church services – to be hurtful or stressful.
Christians often like to teach that parenthood and marriage are necessary to make people more giving and loving and compassionate, but that is not so. The married parents leaving comments under blog posts such as the one I am discussing here are very selfish and entitled – being parents has done nothing to make them more loving, caring, or empathetic.
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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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