ZIFT and Other Fertility Options for Women Over 40

As I go to tours of elementary schools for my four-year-old son, I am struck by how many other mothers are well into their 40s, like me.  Los Angeles is a city full of mothers of “advanced maternal age,” meaning they give birth past their late 30s, who delay having babies until they are older [...]

By | 2012-03-25T16:51:42+00:00 March 25th, 2012|Fertility, product reviews|1 Comment

Fertility Options for Women

About 10 years ago I had lunch with an acquaintance, a yoga instructor, who was in her early 40s and trying get pregnant.  She found  out from her ob/gyn that she had less than a 5 percent chance of conceiving without fertility treatments, and even then, her odds would only increase to about 25 percent. [...]

By | 2012-02-15T14:17:14+00:00 February 15th, 2012|Conceiving, Fertility|1 Comment

From Newsweek: You Got Your Sperm Where?

This article talks about a very disturbing DIY trend in insemination.  This is VERY, VERY dangerous territory, legally, emotionally, and otherwise, for mother and child.  The author glosses over a major point, "What if the donor claims custody?"  The issue of health concerns is also great, if a donor conceals health problems.  The tests for [...]

Follow Up: Gary + Tony Have a Baby

GLAAD hosted a special advance screening of the CNN documentary Gary + Tony Have a Baby at the Paley Museum of TV in Beverly Hills a couple of nights ago.  It was a very nice affair with a rooftop reception with new GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios along with celebrity guests including gay mom Meredith Baxter and Wilson Cruz. The doc, [...]

Gary + Tony Have a Baby – Coming Soon

I'll be attending a screening of this "In America" report by Soledad O'Brien and Jarrett Barrios in LA tomorrow, followed by a panel discussion.  Hopefully it will be positive and not too sensational, though the trailer certainly is hyping the controversial aspects.  It will air on CNN June 24 at 8 p.m. ET. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giqkdinaiWs]

The Kids Are All Right Trailer

Trailer for The Kids Are All Right. The Kids Are All Right is the heartfelt new comedy from acclaimed director Lisa Cholodenko, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo. Two teenaged children (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that their [...]

People’s Court – Craigslist Sperm Donor

Judge Marilyn Milian's self-proclaimed favorite case ever.  I feel sorry for the women, as clearly they very much want to get pregnant and have children.  The judge shows compassion about this and encourages them not to give up due to this experience.  I agree with the judge that their contract did not stipulate how many donations the [...]