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Parents of a Certain Age

I was almost 40 when my youngest child was born. Being an older mom isn’t easy, but I personally have nothing to compare it to. New York Magazine has an extensive article on the growing number of women in their 50s and 60s who, with the help of modern technology, are becoming mothers for the [...]

Clowns Can Help Women Get Pregnant

Strange, but true. A recent study led by Shevach Friedler published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility showed that laughter can promote pregnancy: To test the idea, the research team had a medical clown visit their fertility clinic periodically over one year. Of the 219 women in the study, half underwent embryo transfer on a [...]

Baby Born From 20-Year-Old Frozen Embryo

Cryopreservation was once the domain of sci-fi novels and B-rate movies. (Think Encino Man.) But it’s increasingly real, as the recent birth of a healthy boy from a frozen embryo created 20 years earlier shows.The birth, which is reported in a study in the online edition of the journal Fertility and Sterility, sets a record. [...]