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Is there a living gamete donor registry for kids?

Is there a living gamete donor registry for kids?

Not aware of any: There are both rules regarding patient confidentiality at both the federal and state level. State by state rules vary but are centered in limiting access to personal medical information. For such a registry to exist the donor or donors would first have to agree to share their identifying information.I don't see that happening in the present environment. ...Read more

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Adoption (Definition)

Adoption is an activity in which the full parental rights to the "adopted child" are transferred from the child's current parents (usually the child's biological parents) to the adopting parents. The adopting parents will then raise the ...Read more


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Is adoption better than ovum donor baby?

Is adoption better than ovum donor baby?

Adoption: This is a value judgement, of course, adoption is a wonderufl thing. A baby who is already born and needing parents finds loving parents to live with. While time consuming and at tmes expensive, adoption is not complicated. Having a ovum donor baby is complicated and usually expensive, and carries the inherent risk of failure (much greater than adoption). When it works, it's wonderful too! ...Read more

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Ivf ethical for people with sickle cell trait?

Ivf ethical for people with sickle cell trait?

Yes: But you should also have your partner tested. If he also has the sickle cell trait, then you can actually have the option to do genetic testing to pick embryos that are not effected with sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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Is female egg donation for rich infertile couples morally wrong?

Is female egg donation for rich infertile couples morally wrong?

Look within yourself: Only you can judge whether if egg donation is morally wrong. Majority of infertility patients are not rich. There are people like your neighbors who have to save and may actually second mortgage there homes to pay for their treatments. The egg donors are amazing young women who are giving a precious gift. ...Read more

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If a women is to use donor eggs for IVF whose genes will the child have, the donor's genes or mother's ones?

If a women is to use donor eggs for IVF whose genes will the child have, the donor's genes or mother's ones?

Donor's: An infertile mother with donor eggs may still be a great incubator, and the maternal/fetal bonding is very real, but the genetics will totally be from the sperm and egg donors (hopefully the husband's sperm). ...Read more

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What hardships would a parent encounter when raising a child with neurofibromatosis?

What hardships would a parent encounter when raising a child with neurofibromatosis?

Unfortunately, many.: Neurofibromatosis (nf) is a progressive, lifelong condition that is associated with growths in the brain, spine, eye area, heart, skin, &/or bone, as well as lung & hearing problems. A child with nf requires regular follow up with a pediatrician and multiple subspecialists to address any complications from these growths. Medication and even surgery can be required, as can educational support. ...Read more

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What hope is there for children brought up by single parent with learning disabilities?

What hope is there for children brought up by single parent with learning disabilities?

LOTS!: You can reach out to your pediatrician and school district for some resources! there are many programs and services out there to help! a social worker may also be very helpful in arranging these services. ...Read more

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Will it b right for a man to marry his father's sister's daughter if there are no close relative marriages in their parents generation.Genetic defect?

Will it b right for a man to marry his father's sister's daughter if there are no close relative marriages in their parents generation.Genetic defect?

Consanguinous marria: We discourage consanguinous marriages because sometimes there are genes that when they meet a second one to make a pair ( i mean on e from father and one from mom), the babies might show severe genetic diseases although there are also very healthy kids from consanguinous marriages. ...Read more

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Surrogacy vs carry yourself after egg donation. Which makes more sense for older single woman?

Surrogacy vs carry yourself after egg donation. Which makes more sense for older single woman?

Yourself: You should carry yourself unless you cannot. Surrogacy is used when the woman cannot carry a baby as pregnancy itself is risky. We are protective of surrogates and while pregnancy is risky, it is alright for you to take the risk for your own baby. Surrogacy is also expensive with low prices of about $40k just for the surrogacy. Brief answer but hopefully you understand the point. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Sickle trait is a recessive gene?

Sickle trait is a recessive gene?

basically yes: The mutation that causes sickle cell disease is a recessive mutation in that you need two copies of the changed gene to have the disease (or one copy plus another mutation on the other gene like beta thalassemia, hemoglobin c, hemoglobin e, etc). If you only have one copy, you have sickle cell trait. ...Read more

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Can comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) in IVF screen for (1) partial trisomy, (2) unbalanced translocation, and (3) balanced translocation? Does testing parental karyotyping before CCS help?

Can comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) in IVF screen for (1) partial  trisomy, (2) unbalanced translocation, and (3) balanced translocation? Does testing parental karyotyping before CCS help?

Test for Aneuploidy: Aneuploidy is the term used to describe any embryo with either too many or too few chromosomes. It is the cause of greater than 60% of miscarriages, as well as the most likely reason that patients do not get pregnant from an IVF cycle. The purpose of CCS is to analyze, select and transfer only embryos that do not have abnormalities in their number of chromosomes. A genetic consult is needed; ...Read more

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Are two couples carrying thalessimia trait able to have children?

Are two couples carrying thalessimia trait able to have children?

Yes: When two members of a couple both have the same type of thalassemia trait, there is a 25% chance of having an affected baby and a 50% chance of having a baby with trait. This means that up to 1 in 4 children might have thalassemia. They should see a genetic counselor and talk to their obstetrician. In addition, they might talk to persons with thalassemia to learn more about life with the disease. ...Read more

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Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Hard to say: Geneticists estimate that each of us carry a few recessive genes that will not harm us, but when paired with another can produce a baby with things like CF, sickle cell, and any of thousands of metabolic disorders like PKU.Marriage between close relatives increases this risk.You can get tested for the recessive gene in some cases, so having a consultation with a geneticist may help you. ...Read more

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Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

Should grandparents take over parenting for children whose biological parents cannot care for them? @drpam

It depends: There are so many factors that may affect the decision. It depends on the health of the grandparents. If it happens, looking to get support from others in the family is very important. The age of the children may also be a factor. This is a long-term commitment. Many times the grandparents can be stressed. Making sure there is adequate financial support is also important. ...Read more

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What are possible genotypes for a child who has sickle cell disease but their parents don't?

What are possible genotypes for a child who has sickle cell disease but their parents don't?

Most likely....: The parents are both carriers of the sickle cell mutation on one of their two beta globin genes. Their other gene is normal. This condition is called sickle cell trait. These people are usually asymptomatic with normal red cell indices. The child could have two copies of the mutant beta globin gene, one from each parent. Their is a 25% chance of this. More rarely, thalassemia combines with beta-s. ...Read more

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What states permit blood donation under age 17 with parental consent?

What states permit blood donation under age 17 with parental consent?

Most states do: As of 2011, 41 states allowed 16 year old blood donors with parental permission. To determine whether your state allows such donations, go the the web site for american red cross (http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/students/information-parents/information-student-athletes). ...Read more

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Where can I find some facts about the adoption rate of older parents?

Where can I find some facts about the adoption rate of older parents?

Sources to consider: “latecomers – children of parents over 35” by andrew yarrow. Adam pertman, executive director of the evan b. Donaldson adoption institute and author of "adoption nation, ". ...Read more

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How to deal with my teenagers parental alienation?

How to deal with my teenagers parental alienation?

A few ideas: All parents of teens need to get used to being unthanked, unappreciated, and considered foolish. Tell Junior, 'Well be here for you when you get in trouble' -- and your teen will, and you will offer unconditional help and love. It's a stage of spiritual growth for you. Now, if this isn't the right answer, I'm sure one of my colleagues here will be able to help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is attachment parenting?

What is attachment parenting?

Refers to children: Child forms a strong emotional bond with caregivers during childhood with lifelong consequences. The absent parent or child going from one foster home to another children can develop reactive attachment disorder, they can't trust adults. Children needs to know that a parent is there when they need them. ...Read more

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What are the best parenting books?

What are the best parenting books?

Mileage may vary: Well, who gets to decide? No one book works for everyone. Read a few pages in the middle of each book you see in a bookstore; if it seems to make sense, it may be worth trying. In particular, this book: http://www.Amazon.Com/caring-your-baby-young-child/dp/0553386301 should get you around most pitfalls. ...Read more

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What are some good parenting styles?

What are some good parenting styles?

Active parenting: This style teaches you to give your child freedom with limits. The limits expand as the child shows more responsibility. Check out dr. Michael popkin's program at www.Activeparenting.Com. I used to teach the class to parents and found to be the best. ...Read more

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How can I cope with my parent's death?

How can I cope with my parent's death?

Comfort and support: You can cope best by letting all of your thoughts and feelings be just as they are. There is not "getting over" a death, there is only deeply resting with everything that comes up. Losing a loved one is a very important moment in one's life and can bring about great changes if one does not "shut things down". Be gentle with yourself and seek psychological services to allow for growth from grief. ...Read more

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What are some tips for team parenting?

What are some tips for team parenting?

United front: It is critical to present as a united front. Have discussions in terms of parenting outside the ears of the children. It is ok to let the kids know you're talking and making decisions together as a "team" and teach the kids to wait for a team response when possible. Try to target a 1-2 behaviors at a time for improvement and decide how you will address and then be a consistent team! ...Read more

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If a parent is a user, will the kid be too?

If a parent is a user, will the kid be too?

It's depends: daughters of mothers who are addicted and sons of fathers who are addicts have higher likelihood of inheriting a physiological predisposition to become addicted (about 50% chance). This is due to both nature and nurture. ...Read more

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Which parent determines the sex of a child?

Which parent determines the sex of a child?

Both and neither: Male chromosomes are xy, females are xx, so if conception is combining one from each, you might say that the male determines. However, the hormone balance, temperature and other factors in the mother's body influence whether xs or ys are favored. But, bottom line, none of this is under conscious control so really neither parent has control. ...Read more

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How can I decide whether to become a parent?

How can I decide whether to become a parent?

Tough question: Deciding to become a parent is one of life's most difficult questions. I suspect that there is never a "good time" to parent. Parenting requires time, money and patience. You can look to professional counseling, religious leader, friends and family for help with the decision. Ultimately, you must decide but we all have resources to help with tough choices in life. Use them, best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I know a parent about my mental health?

Please clarify : your question. I am not sure what you want to know. ...Read more

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What to do if I have never had a loving parent?

What to do if I have never had a loving parent?

Decide what it means: We'd like all children to grow up in a good home with loving parents. There are many people such as yourself who never had that. This does not make you an emotional cripple for life. You can learn to be kind to others, to be at ease around people. Your physician may recommend someone to talk to, &/or you can resolve to be kind to others who have no one to love them in your own community. Peace. ...Read more

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How do you deal with a parent who has borderline?

Peer support: If you have a parent who is borderline, it always helps to have a confidant / confidante, someone in whom you can confide when the going gets so tough at home that you wonder how you can bear it any longer. Learning more about borderlines will also provide you with some "tools, " so that you will be able to understand a little better -- and so that you won't feel so alone. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Why is community support important for parenting?

Why is community support important for parenting?

Stress reduction: Parenting is the most important job one can have and therefore support in the process from fellow parents is critical to helping keep the stress under control. Whether this comes formally through support groups or informally through friends and family, support is part of self care and helps us keep our stress at bay. Support can provide us with tips and relief in times of need. ...Read more

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How much should parent pay if living with a child?

How much should parent pay if living with a child?

Negotiate arrangemen: It is considerate of you to ask - talk about contributing so you can feel at home - when my dad stayed over to help during my school years he bought diaper for 1 year was a huge help for us. ...Read more

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How can people continue living after losing a parent?

How can people continue living after losing a parent?

It is very hard: Yes, after losing a parent, it can seem like living is just a chore that one can no longer handle; however, as bad as the pain is right now, it will improve over time and you will feel better; you need to reach out to your family and friends and discuss how you feel; if you are prone to depression, you might want to seek professional help; this, too, shall pass;. ...Read more