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. 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,
So You Want to be a Single Parent?
Single people have the same right to be parents as couples do. This video will break down the basics of becoming a single parent, male or female. We’ll discuss the medical process and psychological steps needed to take as well as the laws you should be familiar with. Let us help you on your journey to start
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
Egg Freezing: Not Always a Sure Thing
By Leslie Schreiber Most coverage of egg cryopreservation extols the inherent promise made to women who want to delay having children in order to focus on their careers. What this coverage doesn’t always recognize is the actuality that egg cryopreservation is not as sunny and simple as the fertility clinic brochures make it out to
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. 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
Single Women and Fertility: Your Options
By Leslie Schreiber With the advancement of reproductive technologies and evolving social mores regarding parenthood, women today are readily becoming pregnant on their own. While the process is, in general, not cheap, the options are plentiful. You should first consult with your physician and OB-GYN to make sure that you are healthy enough to have
Single-Intended Parents: First Comes the Baby Carriage
By Leslie Schreiber Marriage was traditionally a social construct designed to create organized family units, and also served as a means of property and wealth distribution. In this modern era, however, marriage’s utility is not quite as necessary to our extant social order. Marriage no longer defines us as adults. As a result of the
Men: Your Biological Clock is Ticking
By Leslie Schreiber For years, women have had to endure the societal stress between opting for careers or having children. With the advent of egg cryopreservation, women no longer have to choose one over the other. Men, it would seem, never have had to make that difficult decision. However, men, too, face a biological clock.
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. 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. 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.” 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
Surrogacy & the Single Girl (or Guy)
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage ~ Nursery Rhyme Before we can even read and write, we hear that simple rhyme that tells us how life is supposed to unfold (and it certainly doesn’t mention surrogacy.) Then, life doesn’t follow directions. Single women and men are left with
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
Surrogacy In the USA Versus Abroad
Once upon a time not so very long ago, having children using a surrogate was a reproductive option on the fringes… a strange, new frontier where would-be parents hired a stranger to carry their child for them. Today, surrogacy has gone mainstream, as evidenced by the long list of celebrities who’ve openly chosen surrogacy to
Infertility Awareness Week
You are not alone. For those suffering with infertility, there is support out there for you...there are solutions. Click here for more information.
The Commonwealth Group invited Leslie Schreiber, Reproductive Attorney and Dr. Joelle Taylor of Fertility and IVF Center of Miami to discuss Employer Family Policies: How Does the U.S. Measure Up & Other Revolutionary Workplace Benefits.
Speaker’s Corner – Leslie Speaks at the American Bar Association Family Law Section Conference
Leslie was honored to present her topic Single Intended Parents: It Takes Two To Tango...Or, Does It? -- at the ABA Family Law Conference to the reproductive law committee. Leslie discussed the sociological implications of this growing group of intended parents and how they can become parents in an often unfriendly legal environment. To find
Speaker’s Corner – Revolutionary Workplace Employment Benefits
Employer Family Policies: How Does the U.S. Measure Up & Other Revolutionary Workplace Benefits Discussion Led By: Leslie Schreiber, Attorney, Leslie Schreiber P.A. Dr. Joelle Taylor, Assistant Medical Director, Fertility & IVF Center of Miami During this TCI Talk we will hear from the experts on employer family policies and how the U.S. measures up