Archive for March, 2011

Got cancer? You can probably get your IVF covered.

March 29, 2011Carole 4 Comments »

Today I had an inquiry from a student who is writing about access to infertility treatments and the role of insurance coverage to increase access to infertility treatments. Her inquiry got me thinking about one exception to the pretty universal denial of coverage for fertility treatments- the cancer diagnosis. As many of you know from […]

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Gestational Surrogacy: Why not for money?

March 22, 2011Carole No Comments »

Washington state is considering a new bill that would make paying a gestational surrogate legal. Currently, surrogates in Washington could be compensated for expenses, but payment for gestational services is illegal. States vary widely in their legal perception of surrogacy. You can find a state by state description on the All about website. Many […]

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Is your IVF lab prepared for a natural disaster?

March 13, 2011Carole No Comments »

The 8.9 M earthquake in Japan last Friday (March 11, 2011) and subsequent tsunami created extensive havoc in the northeastern port city of Sendai and caused hundreds, perhaps even thousands of deaths. The exact toll in lives and property is not yet known. The earthquake was strongly felt just south in Tokyo and resulted in […]

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Oversight of the IVF Lab: Embryologist certification/director presence

March 10, 2011Carole 3 Comments »

In 2009, Ochsner Health Systems, in Louisiana decided to close its in vitro fertilization program because of multiple egregious mistakes in the embryology lab which resulted in making embryos from 15 women unusable. The errors were attributed solely to the embryologist who was not a hospital employee, but a contractor. The errors were two fold: […]

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Meet my e-book, Fertility Lab Insider

March 7, 2011Carole 2 Comments »

Dear Reader, Until now,  I have avoided commercializing this site. No “Donate” button. No Ads. No product endorsements. Except for one. I am pleased to announce the publication of my new “baby”, the e-book Fertility Lab Insider. I have compiled and reorganized the best posts into sections and chapters and added new material. Chapters in […]

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