Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Infertility Blogs

I followed a link at Timna's to this blog by a woman going through IVF. Retrieval and fertilization were last thursday. Implantation was sunday. If you didn't know that IVF was harrowing, read the blog.

One thing that struck me was the PGD was a routine part of the process for our blogger. In my one good publication, I listed PGD as a form of genetic engineering. I stand by that analysis. This lets you know where reproductive technology is now.

Infertility blogs are a huge genre. Molly has been reading a lot in that area. She is fond of Chez Miscarriage. Also, A Little Pregnant has a nice list of infertility blogs.

Odd how blogging brings together personal and professional interests.


Willow Mae said...

I am part of a couple who is presently going through DI in an attempt to have the family my husband and I have always dreamed of, but were sadly robbed of 3 years ago when my husband was diagnosed with azoospermia. We have been through it all and have decided on DI. In my journey I found out that an International Conference about NRGT’s (New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies) was being held in my town in May of 2007, and I knew I had to jump onto the committee and help out with the organization of it. My goal is to get the word out and let everyone possible know about this conference, even if it is just to let people in my situation know that there are voices of infertility and genetic research being heard at global events such as this.

I thought that you and those who come to your blog might be interested in this upcoming International Conference called “Nobody’s Child, Everybody’s Children” that will discuss current policies, practices and legislation about new reproductive and genetic technologies from a global perspectives.

It is being held at Malaspina University-College in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada on May 24-26, 2007.

The conference themes being discussed are:
NRGTs and the Rights of Children and Families
Global Issues in NRGTs
NRGTs and the Arts
Feminist Perspectives NRGTs
Current Medical Perspectives on NRGTs
NRGTs and the Practical Philosopher
NRGTs and the Law

Speakers and delegates from all over the world will gather to critically consider legal, legislative, and medical issues related to the development and implementation of new reproductive and genetic technologies.

Supporting a confluence of perspectives and philosophies, this conference is attracting the attention of academics, researchers, scientists, physicians, counselors, policy makers/analysts, activists, lawyers, philosophers, ethicists, students, individuals with lived experience and adult children conceived by new reproductive and genetic technologies. Among the prominent speakers who have agreed to present are Ms. Maureen McTeer, and Drs. Louise Vandelac, Jeffrey Nisker, and Eric Blyth.

Perhaps you might put a link on your site to direct those who might be interested in our conference information.

Or you can contact me:
Allison Jarvis

Rob Helpy-Chalk said...

Thanks for the link. It looks like it will be a good conference. Again, it is interesting to see an issue span the academic and the personal.

Anonymous said...

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Lori said...

I wanted to recommend a book that is about one woman's struggle with infertility, cancer, miscarriages. Waiting for Daisy by Peggy Orenstein

I must stress that this book is not just for mothers, infertile women etc. It is a book about being human and everyone could benefit from reading it. Would be fathers, singles, grandparents - read it. Mothers -buy it. Women who choose not to have children- read it. Women who can't have children, buy it. You will see yourself in her mirror somewhere in her book. It will make you laugh, squirm and cry and you won't be able to put it down. It is one of those books that sticks to your ribs and you will be thinking about Peggy O and her life for awhile. Her high school boyfriend who has 15 children is great non fiction - life IS better than art in this book.

I too suffered from "unexplained infertility" and went through the fertility mill. I now have two beautiful children and I was trying to read the last 14 pages on Saturday morning while my two kids were climbing all over me and begging me to please read But not the Hippopotamus. I selfishly ignored the very children I tried for 4 years to will into being to read a book that touched on that awful, obsessive infertile "I am less than a woman" stale eggs time for me with a sledgehammer.

Peggy O is my new literary heroine.

surrogate said...

Thanks Lori for suggesting a book. I hope the book will be good and informative.

Becky said...

There is nothing like cozying up reading a great book. Thanks Lori, I definatly am going to check out, "Waiting for Daisy."

A great book that I just finished reading is called, "Tiny Toes" by Kelly Damron. This book is an
excellent resource to anyone facing infertility and/or prematurity issues. Not only does it provide informative technical information, but also honestly and directly addresses the emotional struggles faced by couples going through this process. It was an invaluable book for both my husband and I. I strongly recommend it to anyone going through these issues.