By: Sherry Ann McGregor
Two recent articles on Yahoo.com sparked my attention and motivated me to write this article. One article was entitled 'Couples battle in Italy over IVF twins implanted in wrong woman'. The birth parents of the twins discovered the error three months after they were born and a genetic test was done to check for illnesses. It was reported that, under Italian law, the birth mother of a child is recognised as the legal mother.
In the second article, entitled 'Australian parents say they were forced to leave baby with Down's syndrome with surrogate', twins were separated after the biological parents took the healthy girl with them to Australia and left her brother with the surrogate mother in Thailand. (Thailand is often referred to as a surrogacy hub where 'rent a womb' services are known to thrive.) There are conflicting accounts as to why the baby boy was left behind, with the surrogate mother alleging that the parents did not want him after they learnt that he had Down's syndrome and the parents contending that they were told that he was so ill that he would not have survived for more than a few weeks.
With an increasing number of women looking to freeze their eggs for future use, the Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit (HWFMU) is considering purchasing sperm from Jamaican men for assisted conception; however, not everyone will qualify.
The fertility clinic now purchases sperm from the Cryobank in California for its patients and, according to head of the unit, Professor Joseph Frederick, it also receives sperm from family members of couples who are experiencing challenges having a baby.
"We have to buy the sperm from overseas and they come down frozen, so if we could get fresh sperm down here, that would be very good," Frederick told The Sunday Gleaner.
"Particularly when we have a problem with a couple where a man's sperm is very bad or he doesn't have any sperm at all, we have to order," added Frederick.
As is the case for sperm donations at the Cryobank, Frederick said strict guidelines will be applied to the process of receiving sperm from Jamaican men. According to the international sperm bank's website, the majority of their donors are recruited from elite universities such as Harvard and Stanford, or are established professionals in various fields such as law, medicine and business.
Step Moms, Ladies planning on Adopting, going through or thinking of IVF or trying natural methods of getting pregnant.