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Is autism genetic?

May 5, 2015

Autism is a behaviorally defined pervasive developmental disorder that affects how a child functions in several areas, including speech, social skills and behavior. Children who have problems in these areas are sometimes said to have an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) because the severity of symptoms varies greatly. Autism affects about 1 in 88 children in more…

What will my baby look like?

April 30, 2015

If I select a donor with a certain physical feature, what is the chance his offspring would inherit it? The answer is not clear. A child’s appearance will often resemble some features of both parents but it is not predictable which features those will be. I would like my baby to have a certain eye more…

What are the genetic disease tests performed on the donors?

April 23, 2015

It is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of genetic conditions and genetic inheritance in order to provide the best possible donor screening for inherited conditions.  Fairfax Cryobank provides the expertise of board-certified clinical geneticists in evaluation of the donor’s medical and family history as well as reviewing the test results of the extensive genetic more…

Families with a History of Genetic Disease

April 16, 2015

If you have a family history of a genetic issue, we would gladly address these issues with you as you go through the donor selection process. I am a carrier of a genetic disease. One of the most common situations we encounter is a client who has found out she is a carrier for a more…

ASRM Fact Sheet on Parenting Multiples

March 26, 2015

From the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) fact sheet on Challenges of Parenting Multiples: PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES Some multiples, especially newborns, may be hard to tell apart even if they are not identical. At first, you can tell multiples apart by color coding their clothing or using bracelets that spell out their names. Soon you will more…

ASRM Fact Sheet on Pregnancy with Multiples

March 19, 2015

From the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) fact sheet on What do I need to worry about with a multiple pregnancy? What are some problems with having a multiple pregnancy? Pregnancy loss The more fetuses there are in the womb, the more likely it is that the pregnancy will end in miscarriage, premature delivery, or stillbirth. Sometimes more…

ASRM Fact Sheet on Fertility Drugs and Multiple Births

March 12, 2015

From the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) fact sheet on Fertility drugs and the risk of multiple births: How likely is multiple gestation? Very possible. Depending on the type of fertility treatment used, if more than one follicle is produced, the risk of multiple gestation can be as much as 1 out of 3 women who become more…

Single Parent Resources

February 25, 2015

Great resources for single parents. When Baby Makes Two: Single Mothers by Chance or by Choice by Jene Stoneisfer Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who are Considering or Have Chosen Motherhood by Jane Mattes 1994 – 272 pages  A handbook for the growing number of women who have chosen single motherhood offers a more…

Same Sex Couples Resources

February 17, 2015

Here are some great resources for same sex couples. The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians by Rachel Pepper The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth by Stephine Brill A Donor Insemination Guide: Written By and For Lesbian Women by Marie Mohler and Lacy Frazer King and King by Linda de Haan Asha’s Mums by Rosamund Elwin more…

Donor Insemination/ Assisted Reproduction

February 11, 2015

Here are some great resources that help navigate through donor insemination process and assisted reproduction.   How to Get Pregnant with the New Techonology by Sherman Shilber Building a Family with the Assistance of Donor Insemination by Ken Daniels Helping the Stork: The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination by Carol Frost Vercollone Having Your Baby by Donor more…