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Selected news stories from the international press relating to Asian (In)Fertilities:

100th IVF baby at Lanka Hospitals - Sunday Times

Lanka Hospitals this week celebrated another milestone at the IVF Fertility Centre, with the birth of its 100th In Vitro Fertilization (IVF baby).

(8 Aug 2010) » More about 100th IVF baby at Lanka Hospitals


Couple to fly to India for second surrogate baby - Evening Standard

A British couple who paid a surrogate mother in India to have their baby two years ago are flying back to collect a second child.

(4 Aug 2010) » More about Couple to fly to India for second surrogate baby


In vitro fertilization boom in India - Times of India

LUDHIANA: Many couples are resorting to in vitro fertilization (IVF) to fulfil their dreams of parenthood, but it is sad that many people in Punjab are still stuck to their age-old thought of having male child.

(28 Jul 2010) » More about In vitro fertilization boom in India


Rapist 'sex guru' Michael Lyons jailed for 10 years - Metro

Cult 'sex guru' Michael Lyons, who claimed he could improve fertility and boasted of his 'organic manhood', has been jailed for 10 years for sexually abusing his female devotees. Conman Michael Lyons, 52, better known as Dr Mohan Singh or Mo, built a massive cult around him that covered Britain, the United States, India and France.

(27 Jul 2010) » More about Rapist 'sex guru' Michael Lyons jailed for 10 years


‘Menopause is the permanent end to reproductive fertility' - The News International

KARACHI: The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Pakistan (SOGP) organised an informatory gathering at the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Thursday to speak on the often neglected issue of menopause among women and its effect on their health.

(23 Jul 2010) » More about ‘Menopause is the permanent end to reproductive fertility'


Born by accident - Express Tribune

My doctor tells me that most Pakistani children are born by accident. As she put it, at the time of conception, there are no goals or aspirations to educate, no idea what kind of human being the couple might want to mould.

(22 Jul 2010) » More about Born by accident


Pakistan needs $78 million for provision of birth spacing services: US delegation participates in national consultation - The News International

Pakistan — one of the six countries of the world with the highest maternal mortality rate — requires an investment of $78 million to be able to provide comprehensive birth spacing services

(19 Jul 2010) » More about Pakistan needs $78 million for provision of birth spacing services


Infertility rises at alarming pace in India - Xinhua News

MUMBAI -- Indian newspaper headlines frequently report about rising inflation, especially food inflation, and how it is affecting India's population. Health wise, the country is doing no better. As if rising rate of public health challenges such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart disease were not enough, statistics reveal more and more couples in India are finding it difficult to procreate.

(16 Jul 2010) » More about Infertility rises at alarming pace in India


IVF centres direct foreigners to consulates over surrogacy issue - Hindustan Times

Some in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) centres in the city have decided to direct foreign nationals of eight European countries wanting to opt for surrogacy-aided IVF treatment, to their respective consulates before starting treatment. The centres’ decision comes after consul generals of France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Czech Republic notified more than ten IVF centres in the city to not offer surrogacy treatment to nationals of their countries. The letter also made note of the fact that surrogacy contracts were illegal in their countries.

(15 Jul 2010) » More about IVF centres direct foreigners to consulates over surrogacy issue


As population grows, govt ‘unable to cope’ - Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: As in all other countries, World Population Day is being observed in Pakistan on July 11. The day emphasises sustainability and improvement of the lives of people around the globe, while protecting earth’s resources. This year’s theme is ‘Everyone Counts.’

(11 Jul 2010) » More about As population grows, govt ‘unable to cope’


After class, sell sperm - Times of India

Masturbating can be a master stroke. With infertility clinics wooing young male students, the boys have just realised ejaculation and economics may not necessarily be mutually exclusive.

(10 Jul 2010) » More about After class, sell sperm


More Action, Less Words, Needed to Ease Population Bulge - Inter Press Service

KARACHI, Pakistan- While militancy, power outages and skyrocketing food prices hog the limelight in parliamentary and media discussions in Pakistan, health experts warn that it is a neglected issue – the population bulge – that will prove to be a more insidious problem.

(7 Jul 2010) » More about More Action, Less Words, Needed to Ease Population Bulge


Pak couples come to India to be parents - Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Trust deficit between India and Pakistan has not stopped women from Lahore or Sindh coming to Ahmedabad with hopes of becoming a mother. Scores of Pakistani couples come to Gujarat to have babies through the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) method.

(26 Jun 2010) » More about Pak couples come to India to be parents


Sterilisation on rise as India seeks escape from poverty - The Australian

STERILISATION is making a comeback in India. Economic pressures and a desire to move out of poverty is prompting growing numbers of women and men to voluntarily end their reproductive days early.

(21 Jun 2010) » More about Sterilisation on rise as India seeks escape from poverty


Woman from India is oldest to give birth to triplets at 66 - BioNews

Mrs Bhateri Devi, 66, from India has become the oldest woman to give birth to triplets.  The children are Mrs Devi's first, and were conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatment at the National Fertility Centre in Haryana state, northern India. The two boys and a girl are being kept in intensive care as they are dangerously underweight.

(21 Jun 2010) » More about Woman from India is oldest to give birth to triplets at 66


Bitter pill for Muslim women - Asia Sentinel

Slow progress for Muslim women despite the 50th anniversary of The Pill

In May, "The Pill" celebrated its 50th anniversary and counted up enormous accomplishments in terms of improved women's health, falling birth mortality and improved professional and personal status for women, not to mention sexual satisfaction.


(18 Jun 2010) » More about Bitter pill for Muslim women


IVF helps 55-year-old give birth to a son - Hindustan Times

Two days after a 66-year-old woman giving birth to triplets made news, a 55-year-old woman from Dhule gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday morning at the Origin Fertility Centre in Thane through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Shobha Joshi and her husband Vidyadhar (54) had the baby after nearly 35 years of married life.

(16 Jun 2010) » More about IVF helps 55-year-old give birth to a son


Pictured: world's oldest mother, 70, lies dying with baby at her side after risking her life to beat stigma of being barren - Daily Mail

Rajo Devi lying on a bed next to her 18 month old daugher, Naveen.

The world's oldest mother is dying just 18 months after giving birth at the age of 70. Rajo Devi Lohan says she is too weak to recover from complications after her IVF pregnancy. News about her condition came as it emerged that a 66-year-old has become the oldest woman in the world to have triplets.

(15 Jun 2010) » More about Pictured: world's oldest mother, 70, lies dying with baby at her side after risking her life to beat stigma of being barren


Tourists flocking to India to hire surrogate moms to carry their babies for a fraction of the price - NY Daily News

Surrogate mothers wait for check up at a clinic.

Foreign tourists visit India by the hundreds each year to hire surrogate moms to carry their babies for them. It's a bargain for the would-be parents, costing them around $23,000, or about one fifth of the going rate here in the U.S., according to Time. The surrogate mom typically gets about $7,500 - paid in installments.


(8 Jun 2010) » More about Tourists flocking to India to hire surrogate moms to carry their babies for a fraction of the price


India's Rent-a-Womb Industry Faces New Restrictions - Time Magazine

Since the day they were delivered more than two years ago, twin toddlers Nikolas and Leonard Balaz have been stateless and stranded in India.

(5 Jun 2010) » More about India's Rent-a-Womb Industry Faces New Restrictions


Fertility wheezes as women puff - Daily News and Analysis

Bangalore: As the cityscape morphs into a modern dystopia, so do our lifestyles. An increasing number of young Indian women are looking to cigarettes in the hope of keeping slim and getting rid of stress. The killer habit, however, is causing a rapid decline in fertility among young women.

(30 May 2010) » More about Fertility wheezes as women puff


India: married as children - Global Post

Why is maternal mortality a problem in India? It's all in the numbers.

(30 May 2010) » More about India: married as children


Realising the baby dream - The Hindu

Infertility no longer means childlessness. Many couples are resorting to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to fulfil their dreams of parenthood. Our writers talk to doctors to find out the reasons for the high incidence of infertility and the advances in the field; and offer suggestions on how to cope with the emotional trauma.

(30 May 2010) » More about Realising the baby dream


'Leap of faith' takes couple to India to build their family - KENS 5-TV

Lisa and Brian Switzer tried for almost a decade to have a baby. They spent $90,000 on fertility treatments only to fail over and over again. But their next step, caught the world's attention.

(22 May 2010) » More about 'Leap of faith' takes couple to India to build their family


Soon, rent-a-womb couples may have to get home country nod - Times of India

NEW DELHI: Foreigners or NRIs coming to India to rent a womb will soon have to submit two documents - one confirming that their country of residence recognizes surrogacy as legal and secondly that it will give citizenship to the child born through agreement from an Indian mother.

(22 May 2010) » More about Soon, rent-a-womb couples may have to get home country nod


Untrained hands play havoc with women seeking abortion - Daily Times

ISLAMABAD: Despite rise in terminating unintended pregnancies under unsafe conditions due to cultural taboos, the government has not carried out a national study on causes and increasing frequency of abortion incidences since 2002.

(22 May 2010) » More about Untrained hands play havoc with women seeking abortion


Anand: A womb to let - Times of India

In a three-storeyed hostel in Anand, Gujarat, 45 women in different stages of pregnancy carry on with their daily chores. So many expectant mothers under one roof is uncommon certainly, but what's even more unusual is this: all the women are carrying children technically not their own.

(15 May 2010) » More about Anand: A womb to let


Surrogacy goes into labour - Times of India

Last week Dan Goldberg, a gay Israeli restaurateur, was prevented by a Jerusalem judge from taking his twins, born with the help of a surrogate mother in Mumbai, back to his home town.

(15 May 2010) » More about Surrogacy goes into labour


Israeli gay case to hit surrogacy biz in India - Times of India

MUMBAI: The controversy surrounding an Israeli gay couple's bid to take their twins back home, the latest in a row of such incidents, is likely to affect the booming surrogacy industry in India. Israeli citizen Dan Goldberg has had to delay his return home with his newborns after an Israeli court declined to grant permission for a paternity test, vital for the children to get citizenship.

(11 May 2010) » More about Israeli gay case to hit surrogacy biz in India


Inside India's international baby farm - The Times

Childless couples from around the world are travelling to India to have babies by surrogate mothers. They say it's their last chance and that everyone benefits. Is it a fair trade?

(9 May 2010) » More about Inside India's international baby farm


Indian Health Minister rules out law to control population growth - Times of India

NEW DELHI: The government will not use legislation to control the country's swelling population. According to Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, "We are not in favour of controlling population growth through any kind of legislation, but by way of generating awareness and persuading people to have a small family size for betterment of the health of the mother and child.

(6 May 2010) » More about Indian Health Minister rules out law to control population growth


Fewer Indians adopted by rich world now - Times of India

NEW DELHI: Geopolitical changes have radically altered the preferences of prospective foster parents' in the developed world and the last 30 years have seen India move from second to the seventh most preferred country to supply children to the childless rich. These are some of the findings of an analysis of adoption trends across 195 countries by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division.

(2 May 2010) » More about Fewer Indians adopted by rich world now


The daughters we killed… - Zee News

They have been meeting a silent death over decades.
It is believed that millions of female foetuses have been aborted in India over the past 20 years. And the practice of brutally murdering `unborn` daughters is continuing unabated.

(2 May 2010) » More about The daughters we killed…


Lack of Access to Contraception, Abortion Persist in Pakistan - IPS News

KARACHI- Perween Riaz, 36, waited till after she gave birth to her sixth child before she finally got herself sterilised.

(30 Apr 2010) » More about Lack of Access to Contraception, Abortion Persist in Pakistan


Troubling questions surround surrogate-born children in India- The Star

Surrogacy pics for Rick Westhead story. In a surrogacy clinic in Anand, India, 30-year-old Panash (foreground in yellow) used the money she earned from her first surrogacy pregnancy last year to renovate her family's home.

ANAND, INDIA—Like all new parents, the Canadian couple was ecstatic about taking home their new children — twins born in one of India’s roughly 350 fertility clinics.

(26 Apr 2010) » More about Troubling questions surround surrogate-born children in India


IVF can benefit childless couples - The News International

LAHORE: Recent advances in medical science have enabled infertile couples to have children, speakers at a seminar said on Thursday.

(23 Apr 2010) » More about IVF can benefit childless couples


The moral challenge: A Pakistani woman’s fertility - Dawn

KARACHI: Sarafa Bazaar located near Boulton Market, is crowded. The shops are squeezed together as though they grew in like mold in dingy and dark conditions. The so-called streets can barely squeeze in a rickshaw. The shops sell all sorts of clothing on wholesale. The men yell out to no one in particular, chew tobacco, spit and then laugh with each other. It is all business in Sarafa Bazaar.

(22 Apr 2010) » More about The moral challenge: A Pakistani woman’s fertility


For women: Know your contraceptives - Republica

KATHMANDU: With growing awareness programs of I/NGOs and media playing its role in Nepal, female contraceptives is no more a talk of confined rooms.

(21 Apr 2010) » More about For women: Know your contraceptives


Unable to conceive? Here's help - Hindustan Times

It’s a strange feeling. You meet someone who’s just starting to come to life as a four-cell embryo in a petri dish, and years later, when that someone’s grown into a bouncing five-year-old boy, you’re invited by his parents to be his godfather…

(20 Apr 2010) » More about Unable to conceive? Here's help


Hinduja introduces hormone test to measure woman’s egg reserve - The Hindu

Good news for women who want to plan their families late, as Hinduja Hospital here has introduced a new hormone test that can revolutionise family planning and fertility treatment in India.

(19 Apr 2010) » More about Hinduja introduces hormone test to measure woman’s egg reserve


Infertility rate increasing in Pakistan - The Nation

LAHORE - About eight per cent population of the country is facing infertility issues, while 90 per cent causes of the disease are curable and only 10 percent are complicated. These views were expressed by In-charge Assisted Conception Unit (ACU) Dr Salman Ahmed Imtiaz in an interview with The Nation on Friday.

(10 Apr 2010) » More about Infertility rate increasing in Pakistan


Reproduction, Rush & Regulation - Express Healthcare (Indian Express)

Infertility segment in India is growing by leaps and bounds. However, many legal issues need to be addressed before one can truly cash on the growth trend.

(1 Apr 2010) » More about Reproduction, Rush & Regulation


Boom in India surrogacy - AFP

NEW DELHI - FOR gay US businessman Brad Fister, experiencing the joy of fatherhood meant flying half way around the world to India where he first held his baby daughter, born to a woman who had signed away any right to her child.

(9 Mar 2010) » More about Boom in India surrogacy


Fertile biz! Handsome money chases educated egg donors - Times of India

HYDERABAD: Going through a financial crunch, 26-year-old HR professional Ramya (name changed) recalls logging on to the internet to research a suggestion her friend had made- that of donating her egg to a couple undergoing infertility treatment. Overcoming the initial apprehension, the commerce graduate, who is a single parent of a six-year-old, decided to take the plunge.

(28 Feb 2010) » More about Fertile biz! Handsome money chases educated egg donors


American gay couple takes possession of baby conceived by Indian surrogate mother - Daily News & Analysis

Hyderabad: An American gay couple has taken possession of their baby, conceived by a surrogate mother at an infertility centre in Hyderabad.

(20 Feb 2010) » More about American gay couple takes possession of baby conceived by Indian surrogate mother


Swanky airport puts Hyderabad on world's surrogacy map - Times of India

HYDERABAD: When the swanky Rajiv Gandhi International airport came up in March, 2008 at Shamshabad, real estate wasn't the only sector that soared. Hyderabad's mid-sized health centres offering infertility treatment also surfaced on the world surrogacy map, with direct flights to the city being an enabling factor.

(20 Feb 2010) » More about Swanky airport puts Hyderabad on world's surrogacy map


Onir in search of a fertility clinic! - Times of India

The director has cast Purab Kohli as a sperm donor for I Am Afia, a short film based on Kolkata's murky world of sperm donation that has Nandita Das playing the lead...


(6 Feb 2010) » More about Onir in search of a fertility clinic!


In the womb of controversy - Times of India

CHENNAI: As high drama is being played out in Indian courts over surrogacy issues, the US consulate in Chennai, perhaps worried about the rash of litigations, has decided to tighten its visa processing norms, particularly for couples coming to the city for fertility treatment and assisted reproduction.

(25 Jan 2010) » More about In the womb of controversy


Oh baby, no baby! - Times of India

Gone are the days of Hum Do Hamare Do. Today, couples in the country are childless by choice...

(23 Jan 2010) » More about Oh baby, no baby!


Centre will help Parsis to boost count - Daily News & Analysis

Concerned about the dwindling Parsi population in the country, the ministry of minority affairs is trying to come up with a concoction to reverse the trend. Minister Salman Khurshid said that they are soon going to meet Parsi leaders in Mumbai to figure out a plan to stop the extinction of the culturally rich community.

(19 Jan 2010) » More about Centre will help Parsis to boost count


Special State hospital to treat infertile couples in Sri Lanka - Daily News

The Government is making arrangements to set up a special state hospital to treat infertile persons, a Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry spokesman said. Arrangement will also be made to legalize surrogacy, the spokesman said. Around 250,000 infertile families or 15 percent of the total number of families in Sri Lanka are infertile, according to a study conducted by Kandy Teaching Hospital Phsychiatrist Dr Ratnasiri Bandara.

(19 Jan 2010) » More about Special State hospital to treat infertile couples


Foreigners opt for Indian sperm - MidDay News

Docs witness the birth of a trend where white-skinned foreigners are now opting for wheatish, dark skinned Indian sperm and egg donors

(15 Jan 2010) » More about Foreigners opt for Indian sperm


India's booming surrogacy business - Guardian Weekly

India is fast emerging as the 'surrogacy capital of the world' with a $445 million business in 'fertility tourism'. A burgeoning number of poor Indian women are turning paid surrogates for childless foreign couples. Fuelling the surrogacy service from India are a slew of factors, including low medical costs, a highly qualified medical workforce and lax surrogacy laws. Here, an underprivileged Indian woman, Sarita, in India’s western state of Gujarat, explains why she became a surrogate for an American couple

(30 Dec 2009) » More about India's booming surrogacy business


Who's India's first test tube baby? - MidDay

Records say it's Harsha Chawda (24), but Kruti Parekh (25) says she's the first.
Controversy over India's first test tube baby erupted after the airing of the show Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka on NDTV Imagine on December 25 where magician Kruti Parekh (25) claimed that she was the country's first IVF baby.

(29 Dec 2009) » More about Who's India's first test tube baby?


Surrogate mother: Court steps into legal no-man's land - Malaysian Insider

NEW DELHI, Dec 26 — Most fertility clinics choose only women who are already mothers to be surrogates because they would understand what is physically involved, and at the same time will be less emotionally attached to the babies they are paid to bear. But for all that careful planning, there are still cases where a mother pines for the baby after handing it over to the genetic parents.

(25 Dec 2009) » More about Surrogate mother: Court steps into legal no-man's land


Manhood under attack - MidDay

Could the Indian male be at a greater risk for infertility than his comrades abroad? With factors like heat, humidity and Hindi films to contend with, he just might

(22 Dec 2009) » More about Manhood under attack


Indian Supreme Court enters surrogacy debate, asks if an Indian baby is a ‘commodity' - Indian Express

With ‘fertility tourism’ fast becoming a reality, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stepped in to examine if surrogate children of foreign nationals are treated as commodities. “Do we treat children born out of surrogacy as a commodity? What do the Indian mothers receive for carrying the baby? Now in society we calculate everything by money,” a Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly observed.

(16 Dec 2009) » More about SC enters surrogacy debate, asks if an Indian baby is a ‘commodity


Polio battle hindered by belief these efforts are a plot to make Muslims infertile- The News International

Pakistan has come tantalisingly close to the eradication of polio but still it eludes us; and we are one of only four countries in the world where it is still endemic. The last two years have seen a spike in reported cases linked to unrest in some parts of the country and to negative propaganda and ignorance in others.

(12 Dec 2009) » More about The polio battle


Questions raised over 'outsourcing' of baby-making to India - Indian Express

A debate on rich countries preferring surrogate mothers from countries like India was recently held at a conference in Brisbane. According to Australian sociologist Associate Professor Catherine Waldby of the University of Sydney, India is undercutting the US as a preferred source of surrogate mothers for couples from developed countries.
"Reproduction is becoming a form of work for women in a number of places," ABC Online quoted Waldby as saying.

(11 Dec 2009) » More about Questions raised over 'outsourcing' of baby-making to India


Faith made Om Mani Nepal's 1st test-tube baby - Republica

Om Mani Tamang and his mother

Kathmandu: While setting out to meet Om Mani Tamang-- Nepal´s first test-tube baby --this scribe, like every other person, wondered what he would look like. With my pre-conceived image of a ´different kind´ of kid, there was an element of surprise in finding that he was absolutely normal.

(10 Dec 2009) » More about Faith made Om Mani Nepal's 1st test-tube baby


World’s Oldest Mother Ecstatic On Daughter’s 1st Birthday - India Journal

JIND, HARYANA - A woman from Haryana who became the world’s oldest mother at the age of 70 to give birth celebrated her daughter’s first birthday on Nov. 27 and says she does not mind having a second child.

(3 Dec 2009) » More about World’s Oldest Mother Ecstatic On Daughter’s 1st Birthday


Untold story of abortion - Dawn

A woman listens to a midwife talk about contraceptives while giving her advice on the prevention of unwanted births at a clinic in Pakistan. Since abortion is severely stigmatised in our society women are reluctant to talk about this issue. Most of them do not seek professional help.

(2 Dec 2009) » More about Untold story of abortion


When marriages are made in labs - Daily News & Analysis

Mumbai: Gokul and Kunti Bobate, professionals in their early 30s, were a happy couple for three years after their marriage. But their relationship started unravelling when Kunti failed to conceive. With the discord widening, they consulted a marriage counsellor, who suggested medical tests.

(27 Nov 2009) » More about When marriages are made in labs


Editorial: When more is less - Dawn

I was watching an interesting debate on one of the international news channels about whether our planet would be able to sustain its burgeoning population. The West continues to show declines in population growth, while our part of the earth more than makes up for it.

(24 Nov 2009) » More about When more is less


Children by choice, not by chance - Guardian International development journalism competition

NEPAL: Malati tells me how her mother died. "She had 11 children," she says. "When she became pregnant the 12th time she ground glass into honey and ate it. When she became pregnant the 13th time she did the same. When she became pregnant the 14th time, she did the same, but that time it killed her."

(21 Nov 2009) » More about Children by choice, not by chance


Dying for children - Guardian International development journalism competition

A woman gets a contraceptive implant at an outreach camp

Each year 2,500 Nepalese women lose their lives during pregnancy and labour

(21 Nov 2009) » More about Dying for children


German twins in surrogacy row are Indians, says High Court - Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Over a year after they were born, twins born to a German couple through a surrogate mother in Anand have got Indian citizenship. In a historic judgment, the Gujarat High Court held that children born to surrogate mothers on Indian soil are Indians, if there is any dispute regarding their citizenship in cases of foreign nationals.

(12 Nov 2009) » More about German twins in surrogacy row are Indians, says HC


Rising hysterectomies raise eyebrows - Times of India

CHENNAI: The increasing number of young women undergoing surgeries to remove uterus and ovaries has raised eyebrows of several senior gynecologists and senior members of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecology Society of India.

(12 Nov 2009) » More about Rising hysterectomies raise eyebrows


Clandestine and unsafe abortions common in Pakistan: report - AP Pakistan

Poor women in Pakistan are most affected by the unsafe procedures during the child birth and as a result many women suffer from serious health complications that sometimes result in long term disabilities and death. According to a new review released Wednesday by Guttmacher Institute,induced abortion is legal under very limited circumstances in Pakistan, yet it is commonly performed.

(4 Nov 2009) » More about Clandestine and unsafe abortions common in Pakistan: report


Combating infertility problems - Times of India

Rajeev and Maya Malhotra had been married for just about three years. But Maya's inability to conceive had already started taking a toll on their relationship.

(31 Oct 2009) » More about Combating infertility problems


Delivering a Baby: Commercial Surrogacy in India - Psychology Today Blog

The surrogacy business in India is booming. What's it like to grow a baby in your body for nine months, feel it start to move and kick, give birth, and watch as the newborn is whisked away to the waiting arms of its...mother?

(29 Oct 2009) » More about Delivering a Baby: Commercial Surrogacy in India


Overuse of emergency pills can increase STD cases: Doctors – Zee News

New Delhi: With more and more young girls "falling prey" to emergency contraceptive pills due to an advertising blitz, leading gynaecologists have warned that frequent use of such drugs may lead to rise in STD cases and favoured the idea of making them prescription drugs.

(23 Oct 2009) » More about Overuse of emergency pills can increase STD cases: Doctors


A happy b’day indeed! - The Sunday Times (Colombo)

With 110 successful IVF pregnancies and 10 babies born, the Apollo Hospital’s Fertility Clinic celebrates its first year of existence

(18 Oct 2009) » More about A happy b’day indeed!


Birth of a genre: Surrogacy stories hit stage, screen and TV - Wall Street Journal

It sounds like a classic Bangalore story. A winsome young woman employed by a call center falls in love with a man who works at an IT company. He decides to leave India in search of higher pay in America, and she promises to wait for him. Then comes the twist:

(9 Oct 2009) » More about Birth of a genre: Surrogacy stories hit stage, screen and TV


Press Release: INVO Bioscience Announces the Birth of its First Commercial Baby in Pakistan - Street Insider

INVO Bioscience, Inc., a medical device company focused on treatment options for patients diagnosed with infertility, announced that on September 29, 2009 the birth of the first baby conceived by the INVO procedure and INVOcell device.

(9 Oct 2009) » More about INVO Bioscience Announces the Birth of its First Commercial Baby in Pakistan


Clinic adopts new standards to fight infertility - Express News Service

BANGALORE: With the abortion rate going up rapidly in India, educating couples, especially the young ones, has become a necessity. Assisting couples with a state-of-the-art facility using global standards and practices, Sure Fertility, based in JP Nagar, has opened its door recently to such couples.

(3 Oct 2009) » More about Clinic adopts new standards to fight infertility


Desperate mothers - The Star

Man handing a bag of pills to a woman

This man denies exploiting Punjabi women who yearn for a son. Judge for yourself

(3 Oct 2009) » More about Desperate mothers


Apollo Fertility Centre: Where life begins...1 year - 10 babies - 100 pregnancies - Daily Mirror

"Miracles do happen" might appear to be cliché term, but at Apollo Fertility Centre at The Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC, it is the essence of what happens every day. The Apollo Fertility Centre celebrates one year of establishment on September 23rd and has much to be proud of - the centre has already given hope to many with a milestone achievement of a total of 110 successful IVF pregnancies and 10 precious bundles of joy born within their first year itself!

(26 Sep 2009) » More about Apollo Fertility Centre: Where life begins...1 year - 10 babies - 100 pregnancies


Nepalese Women Need Reproductive Rights, Health - OhMyNews

Reproductive rights are human rights with which every woman is endowed with as basic rights. Reproductive rights rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. They also include the right of all to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence.

(22 Sep 2009) » More about Nepalese Women Need Reproductive Rights, Health


Opinion: Take care of the basics first - The Hindu

Graphic showing proportion of women in major city slums with 4 or more children and the proportion of the population of the city that live in slums.

While putting an end to urban slums is a priority, there are fundamental issues that deserve our immediate attention…

(20 Sep 2009) » More about Take care of the basics first


Land of the Rising Son - Globe and Mail

A girl amongst the audience looks on during an event against female feticide organized by Delhi Commission for Women, in New Delhi, India

Globe and Mail correspondent Stephanie Nolen examines India's very public battle to halt the shocking decline in the number of girls being born. Technology has made it easy for mothers to choose the gender of their babies. But why, she asks, is the obsession with boys most pronounced among those who are well off?

(19 Sep 2009) » More about Land of the Rising Son


Editorial: Informed choices vs morality - Dawn

Woman with children

Through the summer, we’ve been hearing that the battle for the soul of Pakistan is being played out against militants in the northwest of the country. But a recent incident at a school in Karachi suggests that the struggle to define religion’s place in our national ethos will unfold in civilian spaces.

(31 Aug 2009) » More about Informed choices vs morality


Pakistani senate committee concerned over burgeoning population - The News

Islamabad: Expressing serious concern over rapid growth of population the Senate Standing Committee on Population Welfare directed the Ministry of Population to associate civil society, media and Ulema/Mashaikh with the Population Welfare Programme for achieving desired results. The committee said that the rapid growth of population was fast neutralising efforts aimed at development.

(28 Aug 2009) » More about Pakistani senate committee concerned over burgeoning population


Pro-Family Leaders From 63 Countries Attend World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam Last Week - PR Newswire

WASHINGTON -- Pro-Family leaders and groups from 63 nations attended World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam last week.

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UNFPA to provide $2.5m to tackle population issue - Times of India

PATNA: The United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) country representative for India, Nesim Tumkaya, on Tuesday signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with principal secretary, health, C K Mishra at the state secretriat for providing $2.5 million over a period of four years, up to 2012, to extend technical and financial support to the Bihar government on population and gender issues.

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India: A Couple's Contraceptive Revolution - News Blaze

For the last 10 years, Sunita and her husband, Shailendra Kumar Singh, have been working together in Anantkamtaul village, district Muzaffarpur, Bihar, in generating awareness about family planning. But it hasn't been easy. In a state where cultural taboos confine women to the home and hearth, Sunita has not only been able to break free of these shackles, she is also engaging with issues as sensitive and prickly as family planning.

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Indian wonder herb to treat male infertility - Times of India

Infertile men can be treated effectively with extracts obtained from seeds of Mucuna pruriens, a plant popularly known as velvet bean, a new study has found.

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25% city couples infertile: Survey Jhimli - Times of India

KOLKATA: For city couples planning to start a family, here's some bad news. The 2008-09 study of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (Fogsi) says that about 20-25% of the city's married couples are infertile.

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Young women latest victims - Times of India

After seven years of marriage, Leena Banerjee (name changed) and her husband visited a city-based gynaecologist when the 24-year-old failed to conceive. She was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), one of the leading causes of infertility in women.

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Couples face shortage of Canadian sperm, South Asian couples particularly unable to find donor sperm - CTV

Why is it that Canada, a country of 12 million adult men, has only 33 sperm donors to supply its thousands of infertile couples? That's the question being asked by some fertility doctors as many couples look elsewhere for help growing their families.

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Opinion: It’s time to act - The Hindu

India’s massive population base, a threat to sustainable development, demands immediate attention.
Reinvigorating family planning is critical to the success of population stabilisation efforts

(9 Aug 2009) » More about Opinion: It’s time to act


Debunking a YouTube hit - BBC News Magazine

A big YouTube hit makes startling predictions about the Islamification of Europe over the next few decades and has been viewed more than 10 million times. But can you believe what it says?

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Legalise surrogacy as wife respected only if she bears children: Law panel - Times of India

NEW DELHI: Keeping in mind the controversy whipped up by surrogate Japanese baby Manji, the Law Commission has strongly pitched for legalising surrogacy in India and recommended several steps to protect the interests of the surrogate mother and also the baby she carries in her womb on contract.

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Doctors baffled by Indian village of over 200 sets of twins - Reuters

KODINJI, India - Walk around Kodinji village in rural India and you'd be forgiven for thinking you have double vision as this community is known as "twin village."

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Two fathers – and 138 children (with the help of South Asian and Arab wives) - The National

Man with some of his wives and children

RAS AL KHAIMAH // Fertility rates are declining at a drastic rate. Emiratis have never had so few children – 2.3 per family at the last count. Two men, however, are doing their best to reverse the trend. And while father-of-52 Salem Juma’a, in his late 70s, will probably stop there, 60-year-old Daad Abdulrahman has 86 and says he is aiming for 100.

(5 Aug 2009) » More about Two fathers – and 138 children (with the help of South Asian and Arab wives)


Training of Trainers Workshop in Islamabad - The News

The Gender Based Violence (GBV) resulting from gender inequalities and imbalance of power structures has profound effects — direct and indirect — on a woman’s sexual and reproductive health.

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Gujarati plays lift veil off IVF, surrogacy - Times of India

ANAND: If you thought in vitro fertilization (IVF), thalassemia and surrogacy were issues to be discussed only at medical conferences, think again.

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India mulls late-night TV as population control - AFP

NEW DELHI — India's health minister believes late night TV makes for good birth control. Family planning experts fear he has simply run out of ideas for curbing India's potentially catastrophic population growth.

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Three cats, two men — and now two babies: Gay Couple Have Twins via Indian Surrogate - The Age

Two men, each holding an infant

ABOUT 36 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, Trevor Elwell and Peter West have fulfilled many of their Australian dreams. They have a mortgage, a station wagon and a deck where they can barbecue to their hearts’ content come summer.

And then there are the 11-week-old twins, Evelyn and Gaia — who are accompanied by the waft of soiled nappies this winter afternoon.

(31 Jul 2009) » More about Three cats, two men — and now two babies


Campaign for later marriage in India - The National

Indian couple sitting on a bench

NEW DELHI // In the absence of legislation in India to control the burgeoning population, the government is planning to launch an awareness programme to educate people about the virtues of late marriage and family planning.

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Mysore University Launches Research on Male Infertility - Star of Mysore

Mysore, July 30 (DM)- For the first time in the history of a University in the country, a scientific research has been launched to probe reasons for male infertility.

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Reconciling religion and infertility - Medill Reports

Ten percent of the 10 million people diagnosed with cancer globally this year are under the age of 45 years old and may require fertility treatment, according to Northwestern University’s Oncoferility Consortium. Yet the advent of increasing fertility options raises moral concerns that vary widely by religion, said researchers and theologians at the second annual Oncoferility Summit that the consortium hosted last week in Evanston, Illinois.

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The cost of body parts around the world - Guardian

Amid renewed calls for UK sperm and egg donors to be paid, how much you can earn from selling bits of yourself?

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Pakistan faces population time bomb - The National

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s population is growing so fast despite decades of family planning efforts that in 40 years it will be the fourth largest country on Earth, alarming experts who say the country’s broken infrastructure cannot sustain even its current population.

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Opinion: Whose baby is it anyway? - Times of India

The choice of motherhood barely exists for Indian women, whatever be their circumstances.

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This volcano need not erupt: An open letter to the Union Minister for Health... - The Hindu

Dear Mr. Azad,
After your intriguing remarks on limiting the growth of India’s population, many people must have written to you. Some, including members of my tribe, have poked fun at you, especially in your belief that late night television is an effective contraceptive. Many are not so amused. In fact, some people are more than a little upset. They wonder whether you are being misled, or misinformed, or whether you really want to turn the clock back.

(26 Jul 2009) » More about This volcano need not erupt: An open letter to the Union Minister for Health...


Population boom setting development efforts at naught - Daily Star (Bangladesh)

At the current TFR (Total Fertility Rate) of 2.7, the country will have 180 million people within next ten years. The prospect is horrifying. Barren fields, dried wells, shrinking land area, polluted rivers, environmental catastrophes and hunger on a scale never before known by humanity haunt the nation with each passing day.

(25 Jul 2009) » More about Population boom setting development efforts at naught


Three Cycle IVF package for the price of two in India is advertised - Medical Tourism News

Past results demonstrate that success rates improve dramatically when IVF treatment is adopted as a course of treatment rather than a one-off attempt. Dr. Rama’s Institute for Fertility in Hyderabad, India is currently offering a ‘3-Cycle Package’, which offers three treatments for the price of two.

(24 Jul 2009) » More about Three Cycle IVF package for the price of two in India


Opinion: Soap operas and family planning - livemint

Union health and family welfare minister Ghulam Nabi Azad kicked up a storm this month when he suggested late marriages and electrification of villages as possible solutions to the problem of population growth. Azad said the former would lower fertility levels among couples and the latter would get people to watch more late-night television and thereby keep away from procreation. Critics accused him of treading on the personal and cultural sensitivities of people and trivializing a complex problem. But does he?

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Police hunt bogus faith healers promising help with infertility and other problems - BBC News

picture of the alleged fraudster at the centre of the scam

Police have launched a hunt for a bogus spiritual healer who conned £10,000 out of a desperate family man.
Following a recent BBC Scotland investigation, Leicestershire Constabulary has released a picture of the alleged fraudster at the centre of the scam.

(23 Jul 2009) » More about Police hunt bogus faith healers promising help with infertility and other problems


Time for the brown baby boom – Hindustan Times

On a hot summer’s day in the tony south Delhi neighbourhood of Greater Kailash-I, Norwegians Freya Reintoff* and her husband Arian Rakke* carefully sifted through dozens of pictures of Indian women.
Reintoff (36) and Rakke (37) looked for “a happy, open face”, characteristics they hope will help them in their search for a healthier, more intelligent baby.

(21 Jul 2009) » More about Time for the brown baby boom


How India's family planners lost the plot - Times of India

In 1979, China’s total fertility rate was 2.8, while Kerala’s was 3. By 2007, 28 years after it forced a coercive one-child policy on its people, China’s fertility rate stood at 1.7. Kerala reached the same figure but without treating its people like laboratory rats. Its success stands on the three ‘E’ pillars: Education, Employment, Equality. On the ground, Kerala’s three Es translate into a high literacy rate, regular income for families and more confident women. But the rest of India, particularly the north, has not learned anything from Kerala.

(19 Jul 2009) » More about How India's family planners lost the plot


IVF Triplets Delivered in Sri Lanka - Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Nawaloka Hospital PLC, the pioneer among private sector health care providers, fulfilled the dreams of one of their patients when they enabled the happy couple to give birth to triplets subsequent to the In Vitro Fertilization technique performed at the Nawaloka Fertility Centre.

(18 Jul 2009) » More about IVF Triplets Delivered in Sri Lanka


Op Ed - His maternal instinct - New York Times

KARACHI, Pakistan — She is an illiterate woman from the tribal areas of Pakistan who almost died in childbirth a year after marrying at the age of 12. She suffered a horrific injury during labor called a fistula that left her incontinent and smelly, and for the next 13 years she was confined to her house — never stepping outside for shame at the way she was leaking wastes.
He is a famous Pakistani ob-gyn who was educated in Ireland. After spending eight years there, he returned with plans to set up a fertility clinic for rich patients and zip around in a Mercedes-Benz. But he was so shattered by the sight of women dying unnecessarily in childbirth that he decided to devote his career instead to helping impoverished women like her.

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“Opium eases my pain, keeps my children quiet” - Afghan women suffer fertility problems due to opium use - IRIN

SHORTAPA: Tordi, 45, finally quit her opium habit after six stillborn births and delivered a healthy baby girl. “I was using opium to ease my body pains and to be able to work better,” she told IRIN in her home in the Shortapa District of northern Balkh Province.

(16 Jul 2009) » More about “Opium eases my pain, keeps my children quiet” - Afghan women suffer fertility problems due to opium use


Experts alarmed as woman, 60, gives birth to twins in Calgary after IVF in India- Vancouver Sun

Image of Ranjit Hayer, 60 year old new mother

A 60-year-old woman touched off a national debate over medical ethics this week when she delivered healthy twins at a Calgary hospital — possibly making her the oldest person in Canada to give birth.

(16 Jul 2009) » More about Experts alarmed as woman, 60, gives birth to twins in Calgary after IVF in India


Avoid late marriage, tight pants to escape infertility - Times of India

Women better avoid late marriage and men tight pants, for they may lead to fewer babies, according to a Malaysian study.

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Indian Infertility camp receives overwhelming response - Times of India

ALLAHABAD: A mega infertility camp jointly organised by the Guru Govind Singh Memorial Arpiit IVF and Endoscopy Institute, Civil Lines -- a new wing of Jeevan Jyoti Hospital -- and The Times of India on Sunday received an overwhelming response from public.

(12 Jul 2009) » More about Infertility camp receives overwhelming response


Pakistan: Investing in women - Dawn

World Population Day today comes as a reminder to the international community that humankind is at great risk from man-made and natural disasters that can be traced to a rapidly growing global population. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) now recognises the close link between women’s education and health and demographic issues.
Women empowered through education, healthcare and employment invariably show a lower fertility rate.

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Time has come to adopt small family norm - The News

Rawalpindi: Health experts believe that it is almost impossible to make Pakistan a land of peace and prosperity without a manageable population and the time has come to adopt the small family norm.

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C-Change for sea change in health - USAID programme on youth health and fertility to launch in Jharkhand - The Telegraph (Calcutta)

Jamshedpur: Poor performance in the health sector has led to the adoption of Communication for Change (C-Change), a flagship programme of United State Agency for International Development (USAID), in Pakur and Deoghar districts of the state. Based on the report of National Family Health Survey, the pilot project will be implemented in Jharkhand by a non-government organisation, New Concepts. The C-Change programme in the state will focus on youth health and fertility.

(10 Jul 2009) » More about C-Change for sea change in health - USAID programme on youth health and fertility to launch in Jharkhand


Falling family planning funding threatens poverty fight - IRIN

NEW YORK: A dramatic plunge in international donor funding for family planning is threatening to undermine other humanitarian goals such as fighting poverty and hunger, as well as efforts to counter global warming, according to the UN and other specialists.

(10 Jul 2009) » More about Falling family planning funding threatens poverty fight


Mega infertility camp on Sunday - Times of India

ALLAHABAD: Jeevan Jyoti Hospital in association with The Times of India will organise a mega infertility camp at Guru Govind Singh memorial Arpiit IVF and Endoscope Institute, Stratechy Road, Civil Lines on Sunday (July 12).

(10 Jul 2009) » More about Mega infertility camp on Sunday


The whole world's a delivery room: Israeli couples use gametes and surrogates from India and the US to have children - Haaretz

It took seven years and trips to three continents before David Lumbroso-Gilad and his partner, Eli, finally held Rotem, their sweet five-month-old baby, born with the help of a surrogate in the United States.

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Want A Baby? India Beckons - News Blaze

An advertisement which said "Choose from a bevy of healthy super-ovulated women to make your family complete" encouraged Audrey and Derek (names changed), residents of New Castle, UK, to go doctor shopping for a baby across four continents. Finally, they zeroed in on Dr Aniruddha Malpani, who runs the Malpani Infertility Clinic in Mumbai.

(9 Jul 2009) » More about Want A Baby? India Beckons


Programmes planned to mark Population Day in Pakistan - Daily Times

ISLAMABAD: The government has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe World Population Day on July 11 (Saturday) with emphases on making the masses aware of safe motherhood and reducing infant and maternal mortality rates.

(6 Jul 2009) » More about Programmes planned to mark Population Day in Pakistan


Opinion: A critical sector ignored - The News

With a maternal mortality ratio (MMR) as high as 276 per 100,000 live births, in the last 60 years, women die in childbirth with no obituary written to signify their deep loss. Similarly, Pakistan's neonatal mortality rate, at 53 per 1,000 live births, is the highest in comparison to all of its neighbors. What is worse, it has remained virtually unchanged between 1991 and 2007.

(4 Jul 2009) » More about Opinion: A critical sector ignored


Ulema’s help sought to check baby booma in Pakistan - The News

With the country’s demographic transition taking off, the fertility indicators are showing a positive trend, as the population growth rate, which was over three per cent in the 1980s, has declined to 1.8 per cent. Meanwhile, the total fertility rate has come down to four children per woman, but the contraceptive prevalence rate of 30 per cent remains very low, and if the current population growth rate is not harnessed, the population of Pakistan — the sixth most populous country in the world with currently 165 million souls — will double in the next 39 years, translating an increase to up to 190 million by the year 2020.

(3 Jul 2009) » More about Ulema’s help sought to check baby booma in Pakistan


Hard-earned money: Sperm Donors in India - DNA India

Mumbai: There is one thing every sperm donor has in common with a spy: he cannot tell anyone that he is one. For instance, the parents of Kailash Pawar, a 20-year-old fine arts student at a government college in Aurangabad, will never know the truth about how their son pays his mess bills from the meagre allowance they provide him. Nor will his wife, when he eventually marries. "I donate twice a week, and get paid Rs170 per sample," he says. That makes it Rs340 per week or a cool Rs1,364 per month -- enough to pay for his meals and still have something to spare for movies and cigarettes.

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Pakistan: Softly softly on family planning messages - IRIN

Karachi - Getting the family planning message out among the estimated two million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has not been a top priority, according to a senior health official from Punjab Province.

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Op Ed piece from Nepal - Women's Health and Feelings - Newsblaze

Kathmandu, Nepal - In this part of the world, millions of women often give birth to one child after another. There is no respect for women's health or feelings. For example, most women give birth before the age of 18 and want only two or three children, but they are not able to use family planning if their husbands object. Also, women do not have easy access to various types of family planning facilities.

(23 Jun 2009) » More about Op Ed piece from Nepal


Pakistan lagging in allocating money to meet MDGs, including those relating to the country's total fertility rate - The News

In the newly announced budget only 2.3 per cent of the GDP has been allocated to the education sector, which is far less than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and demands an increased public expenditure on education to 4 per cent of GDP by 2015.

(15 Jun 2009) » More about Pakistan lagging in allocating money to meet MDGs, including those relating to the the country's total fertility rate


Beautiful Mind: The story of Dr. Subhas Mukherjee creator of India's first test-tube baby - Times of India

His was the tragic tale that inspired Tapan Sinha's Ek Doctor Ki Maut'. It's a gut-wrenching story of a genius being humiliated by jealous colleagues, harassed by an insensitive government and driven to suicide. Six days before the death anniversary of Dr Subhas Mukherjee creator of India's first test-tube baby Times of India revisits his legacy and finds that the government's apathy is still the same

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Chennai couples yearn for babies - Express Buzz (New Indian Express)

The pink file sat between Manjula and Praveen at the hospital waiting room. The epitome of a modern couple, the two are physiotherapists who lead busy, high-pressure lives in Delhi, having re-located from this city. Barely two years after their wedding, they are at a clinic in Chennai for investigations into infertility. At the hospital, pink files were given to idiopathic infertility cases: infertility for no known reason.

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Sri Lankan Fertility Rate Decreasing, Adult Population Increasing - Sunday Observer

The adult population in Sri Lanka will increase by 27.6 percent of the total population in 2050. It is increasing rapidly due to the ageing process and decrease of fertility.

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Better infertility testaments may help many to become parents - The New Nation

An advertisement which said "Choose from a bevy of healthy super-ovulated women to make your family complete" encouraged Audrey and Derek (names changed), residents of Newcastle, UK, to go doctor shopping for a baby across four continents.

(4 Jun 2009) » More about Better infertility testaments may help many to become parents


Record Test Tube Babies in Pakistan - 'Pakistan Times' Wire Service

The pioneer of test-tube-baby in Pakistan renowned Gynaecologist and Obstetrician Prof Dr. Rashid Latif Khan has set a new record in the medical history of the country by completing more than 1000 test tube babies.

(2 Jun 2009) » More about Record Test Tube Babies in Pakistan


Silver jubilee of test tube baby technology celebrated in Pakistan - Dawn

‘It was a great scientific breakthrough in South East Asian region because neighbouring countries achieved success in this technology after Pakistan,’ Prof Rashid Latif Khan said.

(1 Jun 2009) » More about Silver jubilee of test tube baby technology celebrated in Pakistan


Zardari greets LIFE on its Silver Jubilee - Associated Press of Pakistan

President Asif Ali Zardari has congratulated the Lahore Institute of Fertility and Endocrinology (LIFE) on successful completion of its 25 years in medical research and provision of treatment to people.

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More Assisted Reproduction, But Fewer Multiple Births Worldwide - US News & World Report

Technology use growing worldwide, but not as many embryos being transferred, research shows

(28 May 2009) » More about More Assisted Reproduction, But Fewer Multiple Births Worldwide


Parents who hire foreign surrogates ‘risk losing children’ - London Evening Standard

Couples who hire foreign surrogate mothers risk their children being taken from them, a legal expert said today.
Natalie Gamble, a fertility law specialist, warned that hundreds of parents who use women in India to have a child are facing a legal timebomb. Many are failing to register as their baby's legal parents so effectively have no rights, which could be a particular issue if they divorce.

(28 May 2009) » More about Parents who hire foreign surrogates ‘risk losing children’


High fertility rates 'in poor, fragile states', such as Afghanistan, a threat to global security - The Trentonian

Despite President Obama’s decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan, many experts warn that a military “surge” will not bring about a quick victory.

(25 May 2009) » More about High fertility rates 'in poor, fragile states', such as Afghanistan, a threat to global security


Shortage of donated gametes and long NHS waiting lists mean thousands of UK women are seeking fertility treatment abroad - The Guardian

Thousands of British women desperate to have a child are going abroad every year to have fertility treatment in order to avoid NHS waiting lists and a shortage of donated eggs.

(22 May 2009) » More about Shortage of donated gametes and long NHS waiting lists mean thousands of UK women are seeking fertility treatment abroad


'I will wish my babies a long life … in Britain with their parents' - London Evening Standard

Jaspreet Kaur needs the money. With her husband's electronics business struggling financially, she has chosen to “rent out” her womb to a London couple desperate for a baby.

(21 May 2009) » More about 'I will wish my babies a long life … in Britain with their parents'


Do twins born after IVF have a higher risk of health problems? - The Guardian

Twins conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and similar treatments are more likely to need neonatal intensive care and to be hospitalised in their first three years than naturally conceived twins, according to a new study.

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Indian IVF doctor on surrogacy: ‘It is selling your body but more respectable than prostitution’ - London Evening Standard

Dr Anoop Gupta is no longer just a doctor but a business negotiator too, securing deals for childless couples and surrogate mothers.

(21 May 2009) » More about Indian IVF doctor on surrogacy: ‘It is selling your body but more respectable than prostitution’


Investigation: Surrogate baby delivered every 48 hours - London Evening Standard

An Evening Standard investigation today exposes the boom in Indian surrogate babies for childless Western couples.
One leading obstetrician at a Mumbai hospital says she delivers on average one baby to a British couple every 48 hours.

(20 May 2009) » More about Investigation: Surrogate baby delivered every 48 hours


Mumbai clinic sends couple email: You have a boy and girl. Congratulations - London Evening Standard

Susan Morrison cuddles her 11-week old twins Freya and Louis, still not quite believing they are finally hers to hold.
She and her husband Chris have the family they yearned for after a journey that began in the depths of despair in London and has ended in joy 4,500 miles away in Mumbai.

(20 May 2009) » More about Mumbai clinic sends couple email: You have a boy and girl. Congratulations


Indian Population Expert Shailaja Chandra Describes the 'Burden of Youth' - The Hindu

The outlook for India’s youth is not as rosy as it is assumed. The population explosion and denying young women their right to decide on matters that impact their lives will only bring in more problems, not solutions…

(17 May 2009) » More about Indian Population Expert Shailaja Chandra Describes the 'Burden of Youth'


World's largest sperm bank has franchise in Bombay, plans to expand further into Asia - AFP

Business is booming for the world's biggest sperm bank, Denmark's Cryos, which is struggling to meet demand despite a soaring number of donors and new offices opening around the world.

(15 May 2009) » More about World's largest sperm bank has franchise in Bombay, plans to expand further into Asia


Indian village with 250 sets of twins - Telegraph

Doctors are trying to unravel the mystery of an Indian village boasting 250 sets of twins born to just 2,000 familie

(11 May 2009) » More about Indian village with 250 sets of twins


Indian study makes recommendations to help reduce stagnating maternal and infant mortality rates - Business Standard

With an aim to prevent maternal deaths and assess the Gujarat's capacity for implementing emergency obstetric care through first referral units (FRU), a study by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) has assessed the regional and district level capacity of the state government to operationalise FRUs for providing Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) in order to prevent maternal mortality and laid down recommendations to strengthen EmOC.

(9 May 2009) » More about Indian study makes recommendations to help reduce stagnating maternal and infant mortality rates


Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim come together in India to create child via surrogacy - Daily Star

British couples are flocking to India for surrogate mums to have their children.

(7 May 2009) » More about Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim come together in India to create child via surrogacy


Reports of a breakthrough in male contraception are premature, though clinical trials are underway in both China and India - Guardian Science Blog

Reports of a breakthrough in male contraception are premature. Men will not be falling over themselves to have monthly testosterone injections in a tender part of their anatomy. Fortunately a more acceptable form of male contraception is in the pipeline

(6 May 2009) » More about Reports of a breakthrough in male contraception are premature, though clinical trials are underway in both China and India


A skewed demographic shift - livemint

By one estimate, India has some 37 million ‘missing women’. Rebalancing an adverse sex ratio requires measures such as equal inheritance laws for women

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Man who received drugs from Pakistan claiming he had problems with infertility and sleep found guilty - BBC News

An Ammanford shop keeper accused of dealing in drugs has been cleared of all but one of the charges against him.

(1 May 2009) » More about Man who received drugs from Pakistan claiming he had problems with infertility and sleep found guilty


Interview with Dr. Kamala Selvaraj – A Pioneer in Infertility Treatment - MedIndia

Dr. Kamala Selvaraj MD, DGO, PhD is no ordinary Obstetrician and Gynecologist to be satisfied with handling routine cases of pregnancy and childbirth. Very early in her medical career, she had set her sights on higher achievements and wanted to give the ultimate satisfaction of motherhood to thousands of childless women.

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Infertile couples to be guaranteed three IVF cycles in East of England - Telegraph

Infertile couples are to be guaranteed up to three full cycles of IVF in one area of Britain, in an effort to tackle a "postcode lottery" in access.

(28 Apr 2009) » More about Infertile couples to be guaranteed three IVF cycles in East of England


IVF treatment in India results in quadruplets for 55 year old mother- Metro

The world's oldest mother of quads told today how the babies brought joy at the end of a ten-year struggle to have children.

Dana Ramkissoon, 55, gave birth to four healthy boys in August thanks to fertility treatment.

The cleaner and her husband, Pabla Singh, 38, from Mantua, Italy, spent £10,000 on IVF over ten years before a successful course of treatment in India.

(28 Apr 2009) » More about IVF mum, 55, reveals quadruplets joy


INVO Bioscience, Inc. to open more infertility treatment centres in Pakistan - BusinessWire

INVO Bioscience, Inc. (OTC BB: IVOB), a medical device company focused on treatment options for patients diagnosed with infertility, announced today that it is making significant progress with its INVO Centers in the Middle East and Africa. The INVOcell, INVO Bioscience’s patented product, allows for vaginal incubation of eggs, sperm and early embryo development during the infertility treatment process.

(27 Apr 2009) » More about INVO Centers in Operation in the Developing Nations


Asia-Pacific population growth falls to lowest of developing regions – UN report - UN News Centre

The Asia-Pacific region’s annual population growth has fallen to 1.1 per cent, the lowest rate among the world’s developing regions, according to a statistical snapshot released today by the United Nations.

(21 Apr 2009) » More about Asia-Pacific population growth falls to lowest of developing regions – UN report


Taliban block UN polio vaccine drive in Pakistan due to belief that it causes infertility - Digital Journal

Taliban blocked the polio vaccination drive in parts Pakistan's North West Frontier Province by threatening to kidnap health officials if they go ahead with the campaign.

(18 Apr 2009) » More about Taliban blocks UN polio vaccination drive in Pakistan


Pollution cause of male infertility in Kolkata - Thaindian

A joint study conducted by Cleveland Clinic, Calcutta University and AMRI Medical Centre has revealed that in Kolkata about 40-50 per cent of the infertility cases are due to male infertility alone, which is happening due to inhaling toxic fumes.

(16 Apr 2009) » More about Pollution cause of male infertility in Kolkata


Ticket out of poverty - The Star

Poor women in a town in western India are signing up to be surrogates.

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Indian women becoming surrogates for Western couples - Telegraph

Women in India are offering themselves as surrogate mothers to get through the recession and escape poverty.

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Childless Indian couples demand to know 'caste' of sperm donors - Telegraph

Childless couples in India are demanding to know the caste of sperm donors before going ahead with fertility treatment, leading gynecologists have confirmed.

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Choice of quality single embryo a must in IVF for future babies -The Hindu

Mumbai (PTI): To ensure healthy future babies produced through assisted reproductive technique or In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), it is important to maintain quality and number of the embryo impregnated at a time, a noted Denmark-based embryologist has said.

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Fertility quest crosses borders - CanWest News Service

"Fertility tourism" on the rise in Canada

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Regulators eye India's surrogacy sector - BBC News

India's booming surrogacy sector may soon come under regulation

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High Prevalence of Child Marriage in India Fuels Fertility Risks, Study Finds - BUSPH Insider

Despite India’s economic and educational reform efforts in the last decade, the prevalence of child marriage remains high, fueling the risks of multiple unwanted pregnancies, pregnancy terminations and female sterilizations, according to a new study led by a BU School of Public Health researcher.

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Infertility problem drives woman to suicide - Times of India

BANGALORE: Depressed over her inability to conceive a child, a 27-year-old woman bank employee committed suicide by hanging herself in C K Achchukattu area of the city.

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Reproductive healthcare in South Asia abysmal: World Bank

New Delhi: One in 43 women in South Asia is likely to die at childbirth, reflecting the abysmal reproductive health care situation in the region, a World Bank report said Thursday.

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