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August 09, 2012
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Title: Building Your Family Through Egg Donation
Subtitle: What You Will Want to Know About the Emotional Aspects, Bonding and Disclosure Issues
Jolance Press, 2007.
Author: Joyce Sutkamp Friedeman, Ph.D., APRN, BC, LPCC

Building Your Family Through Egg Donation is a good and helpful book for intended parents considering using an egg donor. This book discusses the emotional aspects of conceiving through third party or collaborative reproduction.

I found the layout of this book to be a bit confusing but the overall content very informative and thought provoking.

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July 11, 2012
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Dr. Herbert was featured in the University of Florida College of Medicine's article titled, "Big Ideas: UF almni are changing health care for the better." The below article was written by Melanie Stawicki Azam and can be viewed as well as other featured alumnis here.  

Carl M. Herbert III, MD, has helped bring new life to families around the globe.

An internationally known fertility specialist and president of the Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, Herbert has assisted patients from as far away as Japan become parents through invitro fertilization and other infertility treatments.

June 06, 2012
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A “surrogate” or gestational surrogate is an older term for what we now refer to as a “gestational carrier”. A gestational carrier (GC) is a woman who accepts to bear (or be pregnant with) the child of another woman who is incapable of becoming pregnant using her own uterus. The gestational carrier provides a host uterus for the offspring, and does not contribute genetic material, i.e. the carrier is not the egg source. The offspring’s genetic material may come from the egg and the sperm provided solely by the aspiring couple (referred to as the “intended parents” or IP) or in combination with donor egg and/or donor sperm depending on the needs of the intended parents.

Patients who need gestational carriers include those who:

June 01, 2012
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Fertility preservation is enabling many women to make reproductive choices that fit their lives.  Preserving fertility when it is optimal, for later use, provides an option for later fertility1.

If having a child now is not the right choice, what are the options?  What are the limits to this technology?  Who can benefit, and when should egg freezing be done?  How long can a woman wait before pursuing fertility preservation?  These are all important questions with answers starting to emerge.

May 09, 2012
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Spring, a time for celebrating Mothers and Fathers, can be a particularly difficult time for infertility patients. Because dealing with these two holidays can be a challenge, I have some suggestions for ways to develop some good coping skills. To cope is to “develop the ability to manage in a difficult situation.”

Here are a few suggestions:

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