The Importance of Inclusive Fertility Care for LGBTQ+ Individuals and Families

Going down the path of parenthood is an intimidating journey for all soon-to-be-parents, especially so for LGBTQ+ individuals and families. Those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely than not accustomed to being treated differently. Being able to offer a safe and caring space while giving medical advice and treatment is

Mini Golf Meets Reproductive Justice in Middlebury

Creativity knows no bounds when it comes to activism and advocacy! Sometimes, the most unexpected avenues become platforms for important discussions and reflections about societal change. Imagine combining the whimsical play of mini-golf with the gravity of reproductive justice. Sounds unlikely, right? Yet, that's exactly what is happening in Middlebury. Head over to their site

Alabama’s Ruling Sparks Ethical and Scientific Debate

In a recent decision that has sparked significant discussion and debate, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that an 1872 law called "The Wrongful Death of a Minor Act" applies to all unborn children, regardless of their location within the womb or elsewhere. Simply put, this ruling deemed a cryopreserved embryo to be considered the equivalent

Unraveling Myths of Your Fertility: Navigating Misconceptions

With the many intricacies of reproductive health, awareness about fertility is vital. Various studies, opinions, and other wealth of information are available to us today. Still, misconceptions can often pose a false sense of security, leading individuals and/or families down a perplexing and misguided path. As an attorney practicing reproductive law in New York, Vermont

Resolve Walk of Hope

We had the pleasure of participating in Resolve's walk-a-thon in South Florida.  Resolve.org is the premier organization assisting people on their family building journey through knowledge, empowerment, community involvement and advocacy.  Whether you are using donation or surrogacy, IVF, are a thinker and on the fence or starting your journey, Resolve.org is a terrific support

Fertility Clinic Success Rates

By Leslie Schreiber There are over 440 fertility clinics in the United States today.[1] Unfortunately, not all of them are top-flight organizations with their own laboratories and platoons of embryologists. Before you sign any contracts with a clinic, there are some important questions to ask concerning the clinic’s birth success rate. According to the CDC,

Surrogacy Escrow Accounts

By Leslie Schreiber Surrogacy is costly – there’s no getting around that. It is important that expenses are controlled and protected during the duration of the surrogacy process. Surrogacy contracts often (and should) include arrangements for the establishment of an escrow account. The account is intended to distribute the various costs and expenses of the

Imagining the Worst: Cryopreservation Storage Failure

By Leslie Schreiber What happens when a fertility center loses your eggs or embryos because of a storage unit failure? Over the past week, there have been two incidents at separate U.S. fertility centers in which the labs’ storage units have failed. In Cleveland, the University Hospitals Fertility Center’s liquid nitrogen tank failed, resulting in

More Pens, Fewer Guns

By Leslie Schreiber The tragedy that occurred at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School on Valentine’s Day was completely avoidable. The government’s response was completely predictable. The President’s foolhardy suggestions were completely untenable. And now 14 more children have had their futures stolen from them because of guns. Fourteen children’s parents have lost their children, have

American Baby Bust?

By Leslie Schreiber For a while the United States, unlike many European countries, did not suffer from a birth rate decline.  That's changed.  People like to blame millennials for everything from their over-reliance on social media to their “participation trophy” attitudes and now, it would appear that they’re to blame for a “precipitous” drop in

Reciprocal IVF

By Leslie Schreiber For most heterosexual couples using IVF, unless they are using a surrogate, there is usually no question about who will be responsible for carrying the child to term. But what about same-sex female couples? What if both partners want to participate in the child’s conception? Reciprocal IVF provides same-sex partners the opportunity

Preimplantation Genetic Testing: Should You Be Screened?

Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and screening prior to pregnancy is advised for people at risk for certain diseases, such as Tay-Sachs, cystic fibrosis, or sickle cell anemia.[1] Ordinarily, a couple or individual looking to become pregnant will be screened before conception. But what about women using IVF and anonymous gamete donors? Doctors can use preimplantation

To Freeze or Not to Freeze

By Leslie Schreiber Today’s young women enjoy greater life choices than ever before. Education and career paths offer more personal autonomy and financial independence. No longer confined to the “mommy track” after they graduate college, women are postponing marriage and childbirth until they are ready, emotionally and financially, to make those decisions. Unfortunately, there is

Surrogacy in Florida: Can You Be a Gestational Carrier?

Couples who cannot conceive on their own have alternatives for building their families. One of the ways couples can create a family is through gestational surrogacy.[1] A gestational surrogate (or gestational carrier) enters into a contract with another individual or couple, in which the surrogate agrees to carry the couple’s baby to term for reasonable

Male Infertility – It’s Not Just a “Woman Thing”

Up to one in eight couples in the United States faces fertility issues.[1] The medical community considers a couple “infertile” if they “are [un]able to conceive a child even though they've had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer.”[2] It is all too common for couples who have trouble conceiving to assume that problems

What Happens To Cryopreserved Embryos During Divorce Proceedings?

Embryos. Divorce.  These two seemingly disparate words have a growing connectivity in light of increased infertility rates worldwide.  As professionals involved in the divorce arena, you may be asked to resolve or mediate disputes that ask the question, "What happens to frozen embryos during divorce proceedings?" This article will provide an overview of how these

Fertility Empowerment – Free Introductory Workshop

Join Leslie Schreiber, Reproductive Lawyer for Modern Family Solutions & Ana Delia Benito, Maternity and Fitness Trainer - Thursday, May 11 from 7:30 P.M - 9:00 P.M. For Men and Women: Go from Thinking About A Family to Conceiving A Family Join Us in Our FREE Introductory Workshop. Learn More About: Empowering Your Choices-- Knowledge is Power

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