Reading your horoscope is one thing, but using it to conceive takes it to a whole other level. But after the great zodiac freak-out of 2011 (which, BTW is moot) I doubt couples who've had luck with astro fertility were shaken. The method claims there are only two to three times a year when a woman can get pregnant successfully (i.e. no miscarriages), and there are plenty of couples who believe it works.
Pioneering astro fertility is British astrologer Nicola Smuts. She analyzes the alignment of Venus and Jupiter — two planets associated with fertility — with a man and woman's astrological chart, determined by the time, place, and date of births. For £150 (about $240), she says on her site, she can not only tell when you're most likely to conceive, particularly through in-vitro fertilization, but also diagnose underlying conditions inhibiting pregnancy (the quantity of eggs, condition of fallopian tubes, STDs, hormonal imbalances, and psychological conditions).
It sounds, and is, crazy, but couples who've seen her swear by the method (though I'd like to hear from ones who don't). Most have already spent thousands on fertility treatments, so what's a few more hundred?
Would you do it?
"Altruistic surrogacy," in which no money changes hands, is allowed in Australia but seldom happens. The new overseas surrogacy ban in New South Wales (Australia's most populous state, containing Sydney, where Kidman grew up and where her parents live) has already been passed but has not yet gone into effect. It would "impose penalties of two years' jail, a $110,000 fine, or both on parents who pay for a surrogate here or abroad to carry their child," according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Despite fertility issues, the ban makes it the government's place to decide which citizens are entitled to have families and how they should go about creating them. What's your reaction?
"The Kids Are All Right" won Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes tonight! Here are 5 reasons why the film deserved the award.
You know those "mom" moments when you step back from your own life and see your spouse, your children, and all the chaos unfold as if you're watching a movie? Well, The Kids Are All Right is exactly that . . . only the parents are lesbian couple, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), and their kids Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) are coming of age and want to meet their biological father, sperm donor Paul (Mark Ruffalo). Without giving too much away, here are five situations that all moms can relate to in the movie. Hire a babysitter and go see this brilliant film before it's nominated for Oscars.
Her long struggle to become a mother, with several miscarriages, has shone a spotlight on fertility treatment and egg donations, which are not covered by any laws in Japan, forcing couples to travel overseas to seek donated eggs.
The new mother said she's open to having more children — possibly a second or third. Medical advancements in fertility have made putting off motherhood an option for many ladies. Maria del Carmen Bousada became the world's oldest mom when she gave birth to twins at 66 in 2006. She died a couple years later causing some people to advocate age caps on fertility treatments.
While Americans have access to fertility methods and being a career-minded mother has become common that isn't true for women in other nations. The article said:
Noda told the Josei Seven women's magazine this week that, as a new mother, she would keep pushing pro-family policies aimed at raising Japan's birth rate. At 1.37 births per woman, Japan's fertility rate is now one of the world's lowest, a trend blamed on a widespread belief that women who give birth should quit their jobs, shortages of childcare centres and other systemic factors.
Its aim is to bring together intended parents with egg donors and surrogate, along with sperm donors, and offer legal advice from qualified legal professionals.
The British Surrogacy Agency will have a second office in San Francisco.
Americans spend more than $1 billion a year on invasive reproductive procedures as more than seven million Americans suffer from infertility. While the statistics are alarming, we asked Dr. Shari Brasner, a Manhattan ob-gyn, author of Advice From a Pregnant Obstetrician: An Inside Guide, and doctor to Elisabeth Hasselbeck to give us her top five ways that couples can naturally boost their fertility. Check out our slideshow to see the affordable and low-risk options she advises for potential parents.