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PODCAST: Genetic testing of sperm donors

In this conversation with GenePeeks co-founder Anne Morriss, we talk about: the rare genetic issue that led her to create the company what new technology enables geneticists to do — and not do walk through the nature of recessive genes learn how GenePeeks weeds out about 15 percent of sperm donors whose particular combination with…

What is Epigenetics?

Sarah Kowalski

excerpted from the Choice Mom E-guides to Eggs and to Embryos, submitted by Sarah Kowalski “Within the next 10 to 20 years we will discover that our genetic code only accounts for 10 percent of what gets inherited and what makes us who we are. Genes at birth are not as essential as we once…

PODCAST and EGUIDE: Genetic testing of sperm donors

genepeeks.com

When we’re creating life using reproductive technology, it is nice to think that our carefully selected sperm, combined with egg thanks to the help of a fertility doctor and/or lab embryologist, will lead to a perfectly healthy baby. But, that’s not always true. Which is why genetic testing can be an important step. Thanks to two…

Debating Amniocentesis Risks

On the Choice Mom Over 40 discussion board, a woman was quickly trying to decide whether — with “advanced maternal age” — she should be getting an amniocentesis to check for abnormalities in her new pregnancy, with the understanding that it carries a risk of miscarriage. In the past when this question has been raised,…

PODCAST: Dealing with fertility jealousy and judgment

Holiday time can be difficult, especially if you are jealous of siblings or friends. How do you deal with your fertility jealousy about other pregnancies and families, or judgment from others about your own? We talk about how to cope in this Choice Chat podcast. I talked with Philadelphia-area psychologist Andrea Braverman, who talks about…