CNN’s coverage of octuplets and fertility clinics

Posted On February 19th, 2009

CNN has run an article, “Six embryos?! How to avoid a fertility fiasco” which spotlights the birth of octuplets to Nadya Suleman last month, and the picture this has painted of fertility clinics.

This article demonstrates how important the ASRM’s guidelines are in keeping fertility treatment safe as well as free of government intervention. Make sure your clinic and/or egg donation agency is a member of ASRM and follows its recommendations.


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New York Times article on infertility treatment

Posted On February 12th, 2009

It was a shock to learn that “Octo Mom” got pregnant with all those babies through IVF (in vitro fertilization) rather than just IUI (intrauterine insemination): what doctor would transfer all those embryos? Unfortunately, there are a few unethical doctors out there who make the industry look like a freak show.

An excellent article in today’s New York Times (“Birth of Octuplets Puts Focus on Fertility Clinics“) explains the issues very accurately: the ASRM’s recommended limit on the number of embryos transferred, versus the financial pressure to keep the number of transfers low (and therefore the number of embryos transferred high).

This story gets to the bottom of the conflict: the need for better insurance coverage for infertility treatment.


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CBS feature: “As Economy Falls, Egg Donations Rise”

Posted On February 7th, 2009

Saturday’s feature of Northeast Assisted Fertility Group’s egg donation program on CBS’ The Early Show (“As Economy Falls, Egg Donations Rise“) was not unlike other coverage we’ve seen about the “surge” in egg donation… the faltering economy compels more and more young women to consider becoming egg donors – and as the manager of the egg donation program, I remind them of the other realities involved:

“There’s definitely an increase in the number of people interested in donation, but most people aren’t qualified. Of course the economy has spurred people to be interested, but also it’s an expensive undertaking for the recipients, and keep in mind this is a treatment for infertility; it’s not just about making money for women.” – Katherine Benardo

Read the full article here.


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NAFG on CBS Panel Discussion about Egg Donation

Posted On February 6th, 2009

Katherine Benardo, director of the egg donation program at Northeast Assisted Fertility Group, will be among the panelists on CBS’ Early Show this Saturday morning.  There will also be an egg donor candidate and a doctor (Dr. Zeke Emanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel) for the panel discussion, which will be shot live in the studio.

Date: Saturday, February 7
Time: 7:30AM

We will post more details as they become available.  Click here for CBS’ official page for The Early Show.


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