Archive for April, 2009
April 16, 2009 | By: Liz | Filed under: Current Affairs, Financing Fertility Treament or Adoption, Questions about the Office
As Tax Day comes and goes and so many people are struggling both with infertility and paying bills, and praying that tax refunds will help pay for treatment or adoption expenses, we’ve been asking, what can we do to help?
Well, we’ve decided to extend a little economic stimulus package of our own! The Stork Lawyer Economic Stimulus Plan of 2009 is designed to make all legal services for family building more affordable for everyone!
First, we’d like to remind you that we offer a free egg donation contract per fiscal quarter to qualifying individuals and families. To make this even more meaningful, we are changing the criteria for applicants to make it easier to qualify for a free contract. Although our website has not yet been updated, we urge anyone who would like to apply for a free egg donation contract due to their difficulty in paying the expenses associated with their egg donation cycle to submit an application. We will send them the criteria by email (until it is posted on our website), and we will consider all applications submitted regardless of whether they strictly meet our criteria.
Second, we are offering a 15% discount on our legal services for egg donation and gestational carrier arrangements to all new clients. Our normal fees have been slashed! For the next fiscal quarter and perhaps even longer, our new rates will reflect an across the board reduction of 15%.
Third, for clients who retain us during the second fiscal quarter of 2009, we are offering flat fee billing arrangements on all parentage orders, and on most of our adoption services. By establishing flat fee billing arrangements we hope to reduce people’s worry regarding how much their legal fees will be to adopt domestically and/or to establish their genetic relationship with their child conceived through third party assisted reproductive arrangements.
If you have any questions or require specific information for yourself or even your friends, please do not hesitate to contact me and I would be happy to speak with you about making your family building more affordable. You can reach me by email at Liz@StorkLawyer.com
Please check our website frequently as we will be providing specific details regarding:
The Stork Lawyer Economic Stimulus Plan of 2009!
Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq.
p.s. Nothing in this blog shall be deemed to create an attorney-client relationship and we may not be able to provide legal counsel and advice to all persons who contact the office in response to this blog post due to ethical restrictions imposed upon the office. However, please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or to see if we can assist you.
April 14, 2009 | By: Liz | Filed under: Egg Donation
I was re-visiting Chelsea Lately’s hysterical You Tube video on egg donation when I came across this one. I laughed at most of it, but honestly can’t tell whether it’s meant to be serious (in which case, how many things did you find wrong with the video — we can have a contest!) or a joke. Either way, I’d be interested in other people’s thoughts. Click on the hyperlink below and let me know what you think!!
April 14, 2009 | By: Liz | Filed under: Current Affairs, Infertility In The Movies etc.
I want to express my profound appreciation and delight to see that someone in Hollywood actually admitted to suffering through infertility and going so far as to give an interview in People Magazine about it. Even better, while she acknowledged that people have a right to privacy (especially during such a profoundly challenging time in their lives) that: “I only want to say we might not have as much time as think we have [to get pregnant].”
Three cheers to George Lopez star Constance Marie for her honesty about her struggle to conceive her beautiful baby girl and the impact age can have on infertility!
And welcome to little Luna Marie. You have an awesome Mom, and I know you will grow up to be an incredible human being with a mother as brave, centered, and caring as Constance Marie. Congratulations to the Happy Family!
Now I am off to write a letter to People’s editors!!
April 3, 2009 | By: Liz | Filed under: Check This Out, Infertility In The Movies etc.
So, further to our task here at the Stork Lawyer HQ, I watched another movie (surprisingly available for sale at Wal-Mart) on infertility and entitled Miss. Conceivability starring Heather Graham.
A british film, or at least filmed in the UK and based on a character living in London, the film’s heroine is in her early thirties (at the oldest, although her age is not addressed in the film unless I missed it) and is in a relationship that is struggling. On top of the bad relationship she has decided that she wants to have a baby. While her boyfriend is off filming a movie, she learns from a fertility specialist that she has “only one egg left.”
Sorry, did you miss my eyes rolling back in my head? She has ONE EGG left. PULEASE. Why can’t these writers at least do some research?????
The story next revolves around her desparate attempt to get pregnant (without her boyfriend, not that I really cared) in her next and final ovulatory cycle. Ha! No mention of using medical assistance like an IUI if this in fact her final attempt forever and ever. She’s sent home with instructions to have lots of sex (or something equally offensive given her plight).
The film’s one redeeming quality is that it now gets somewhat funny . . . the lengths she will go to in order to get pregnant and the trials and tribulations of trying to interview potential sperm donors to have sex with and/or to give her a sample is handled rather well. I did chuckle a few times. Her friends are trying to help as well, and of course her best male gay friend is put up to the task (pardon the pun, yikes!) of trying to help her get pregnant. I like silly things so this part of the film worked for me. It was, however, sadly the only part of the film I enjoyed.
Alas, nothing works out and she misses her final opportunity at getting pregnant. Her boyfirend returns home, she reveals what she has been through, they realize they are meant to be together and voila a few months later she is of course PREGNANT on her own, without assistance, and quite by accident it would seem.
I hate movies like this. I hate the “just relax” and you’ll get pregnant theme of this movie. I hate the lack of medical credibility.
I want to watch a movie that deals with this topic fairly. I want to watch something REALISTIC. Hey, there are reality shows about every other topic on the face of the earth from little people to families aith 18 children . . . adoption stories . . . baby stories . . . but no infertility stories. Why is that?
This movie gets my official thumbs down and a definite do NOT watch it if you’re infertile or know someone who is.
April 3, 2009 | By: Liz | Filed under: Egg Donation
A friend of mine posted this on her facebook page, it got picked up and circulated among the American Bar Association’s listserver for its Committee on Assisted Reproduction and the Law. I had a good chuckle and wanted to share. Enjoy!