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Paying for Fertility Treatments: The Biggest Concern

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You can't put a price on the joy of starting a family. But at $12,400, you can put a price on infertility treatments. That figure -- the average cost of one cycle of IVF -- is the leading cause of stress among women undergoing IVF. And a new study conducted by Read more

Stem Cells Boost IVF Odds: Meet Baby Zain

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Alphabetically speaking, he'll always be last. But baby Zain just pioneered a big first: He's the first baby born with an assist from stem cells. The method, called Augment, is a new fertility technique out of Canada that doctors anticipate will boost IVF success rates. Rather than using donor eggs as IVF patients sometimes do... Read more

When Bachelors Race Against Their Biological Clocks

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Ladies, your biological clocks aren't the only ones ticking. Meet Dr. Conrad Cean. He figured he'd be married by 33 or 34, but as his career took off, it didn't happen. “I had just finished my fellowship and was trying to get the lay of the land in the business of medicine,” he tells TODAY. “I... Read more

Bobbie Thomas Reveals Baby's Gender!

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Big news from Bobbie Thomas: Your favorite "professional girlfriend" is having a boy! The Today show style editor shared her announcement with Kathie Lee and Hoda this morning. Bobbie received the news at the 20-week mark during her second trimester ultrasound, which typically happens between 18 and 22 weeks. Last time we caught up with Bobbie, she... Read more

Why Doctors Don't Like the Term '3-Person Baby'

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The U.K.'s recent approval of the "three-person baby" IVF procedure is a progressive step for fertility. So why are so many people expressing their aversion? Doctors think it has something to do with what we're calling it. Yes, the practice does involve using DNA from three different parents. During the IVF process, any faulty mitochondrial... Read more

British Lawmakers OK Three-Person Created Babies

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We introduced three-parent IVF back in June, when it was still in the research stage in the U.K. And today, MPs (Members of Parliament) gave the controversial procedure the green light. By a vote of 382-128, the House of Commons approved the use of the technique, intended to prevent genetic diseases from being passed... Read more

Successful Womb Transplant Mom: 'I Felt Like a Mom for the First Time'

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A Swedish woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy last week. Not sounding too newsworthy? It was the first successful birth from a transplanted uterus. The 36-year-old woman was born without a uterus, a condition that affects about 1 in 4,500 girls. She was told at 15 she would never be able to carry her own... Read more

Should Fertility Clinics Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?

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With costs reaching into the tens of thousands of dollars and success rates often quite low, IVF treatments may seem like a dicey move if you're going to use a non-traditional method for making a baby. A clinic in Manchester, England agreed -- and decided to do something about it. It's a program that is... Read more

The Common Pre-IVF Procedure That Won’t Help

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In vitro fertilization (IVF), one of the most common treatments for infertility, only works about one-third of the time -- that is to say, only one in three IVF cycles results in a pregnancy. With a statistic like that, it's understandable that doctors are trying to make IVF a more viable option for more women.... Read more

New Device Helps Boost IVF Odds

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It's no secret that attempting to create a test tube baby with IVF is a difficult and tedious process. A single attempt can cost upwards of $17,000, and only one-third of IVF cycles stick. If you're having trouble conceiving naturally, however, the process of IVF is about to get a little easier. The FDA recently... Read more