FDA Says Stop Selling 23andMe DNA Tests

More than half a million customers have had their blood tested but the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says enough already. The federal agency governing medical devices has recently issued a warning letter to the product's manufacturer. ... read more »

Experts Remain Divided on Safety of Home Births

Some people childbirth think an act so natural as giving birth can be accomplished safely at home, without medical intervention. ... read more »

Would You Breastfeed Somebody Else's Baby?

A photo of Jessica Colletti breastfeeding her friend's son went viral in August; for many it represents maternal generosity, while for others the photo represents scandal and moral indecency. ... read more »

Gender Undetermined OK for German Birth Certificates

November 1, 2013, marks the first day German birth certificates will have three gender identity options: male, female, and blank. The blank designation gives parents the option of waiting until later to specify the male / female identity of their child. ... read more »

Unused Embryos: What Happens to Them?

Many happy new parents find themselves with an unexpected dilemma: what to do with unused embryos. There are several options but state law may limit them. Your fertility specialist is well-versed on the local laws governing all aspects of assisted reproduction ... read more »

UK Invites Public Comments on Proposed Three-Person IVF Law

The United Kingdom is deciding whether or not to add legal provisions to national law that will allow a new form of in vitro fertilization (IVF) to become a standard option for infertility treatments. ... read more »

Online Fertility Drugs: What Are You Really Buying?

The extreme ease of buying things, especially cheap things, on the internet has led one doctor in Ohio to send out the cry that buyers should beware, especially if fertility drugs are on the shopping list. ... read more »

Donor Conception: How and When to Tell Your Child

Dr. Madeline Feingold is a clinical psychologist specializing in reproductive medicine. She frequently discusses with couples how and when to tell a child that its conception involved donated genetic materials. ... read more »

Trending: Clinics Financing Fertility Treatments

Even though the array of procedures interests more people, the cost of assisted reproductive treatments (ART) can be daunting to some candidates. One encouraging trend, however, may make the price tag easier to live with. ... read more »

Journalist Ponders Egg Donation and Motherhood

Amy Klein and her husband, Solomon, want to have a baby but they'refinding out that actually having one isn't as easy as merely wantingone. ... read more »

Swedish Womb Transplants Bring Hope to Transgender Women

It's been just a few days since the story broke about nine women inSweden undergoing womb transplants in the hope of bearing childrensomeday. Their story brings hope to many women around the world. ... read more »

Pregnant Nurse Fired For Refusing Flu Vaccine

Donna Breton is a nurse who just happens to be pregnant during this year's flu season. She's refused to get a flu vaccine and lost her job because of that decision. ... read more »

Converting Skin Cells to Stem Cells to Create Viable Sperm

A team of research scientists at Stanford University was able to convert skin cells of infertile men into human sperm cells. ... read more »

Should Anonymous Donors of Sperm and Eggs Remain Anonymous?

It's a question legislators in the Australian state of Victoria aregrappling with. Sperm and egg donation was a process cloaked inanonymity until 1998, when a new law allowed disclosure for all gametedonations beginning in 1998. ... read more »

Should Technology Allow Parents to "Design" Their Babies?

Is modern science approaching the point where designing the baby of one's dreams becomes a reality? ... read more »

Should Newborn Screening Protocols Include Genome Sequencing?

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, question the value of including genome sequencing to the standard regimen of tests given to newborn babies. ... read more »

Wealthy Chinese Couples Turn to Overseas Surrogacy

With more than 40 million Chinese now diagnosed as infertile, surrogacy is an attractive solution but the practice is illegal in China. ... read more »

Should Pediatricians See Unvaccinated Kids?

The measles outbreak has left pediatricians facing a dilemma: should they see unvaccinated kids or turn them away so contagious diseases don't infect other patients too young to be fully vaccinated? ... read more »

Declaring Pregnancy a Disability for Workplace Discrimination

She's not alone. Pregnant retail workers get fired for the same reason. Hostesses who usually stand during most of a work shift get fired for using a stool during down times. ... read more »

Two Years of Breastfeeding May Become Law in United Arab Emirates

A draft of a new mandatory breastfeeding law was passed that is likely to become part of a more comprehensive law aimed at protecting the rights of children in the federation. ... read more »

Performance Artist Shares Story of Tragic End to Pregnancy

Nicole Stewart's show Bun in the Oven was supposed to be funny, filled with happy stories. It wasn't, but as the saying goes, the show must go on, so it opened as scheduled in October 2013. ... read more »

"Designer Baby" Patent a Bioethical Concern

A group of bioethicists has gone on record for speaking out against a controversial patent that could lead to the development of 'designerbabies'. ... read more »

Should Pregnancy Be Added to Protected Groups Under Anti-Discrimination Laws?

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) just turned 35 years old but many feel it's not being utilized properly. Too many loopholes allow employers to minimize a pregnant woman's position in the workforce in spite of the protections supposedly provided. ... read more »

Commentary Raises Ethical Concerns about Fertility Loans

Some lenders now offer loans to make paying for fertility treatments easier, but a commentary published by The Hastings Center raises ethical concerns about the practice. ... read more »

Oil and Gas Fracking Likely Threat to Human Reproduction

Scientists recently published the findings of a study of fracking’s effect on humans, along with the conclusion that oil and gas fracking is likely to endanger human reproduction. ... read more »

Australia May Prosecute Moms Who Drink Alcohol While Pregnant

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a "real problem" in the Northern Territory (NT), according to its attorney-general, John Elferink. ... read more »

Should Pregnant Women Participate in Medical Research?

In any pregnancy, there is about a 3 per cent risk of delivering a baby with a birth defect (that's 3 out of every 100 babies born). The vast majority of drugs and vaccines do NOT cause fetal harm ... read more »