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The Independent

No baby-no fee deals offer to cut the cost of IVF, but experts fear they could put would-be parents at risk

A new deal offers to cut IVF costs, but experts fear it could put mothers and babies at risk

When Helen Brackley and her husband, Paul, decided to start a family, they didn’t expect that their efforts to get pregnant would turn their lives – and their finances – upside down. The couple were among the one in seven who have difficulty conceiving.

Analysis

An extension to egg freezing storage limits and why we shouldn’t fear a sudden rise in women pursuing motherhood much later on in life

An extension to egg freezing storage limits and why we shouldn’t fear a sudden rise in women pursuing motherhood much later on in life

During the Covid-19 pandemic we have all spent less time in the company of others than perhaps ever before and for single women approaching the end of their fertility, the pandemic has come at a costly time when they would otherwise have hoped to be meeting a life partner and starting a family.

The Guardian

‘You’re not geriatric at 35’: women on the eggs, embryos and sperm storage limit increase

‘You’re not geriatric at 35’: women on the eggs, embryos and sperm storage limit increase

The 10-year storage limit for freezing embryos, eggs and sperm will be replaced with a right for individuals or couples to keep them for up to a maximum of 55 years. While being a welcome change for many, there are concerns about whether the process is affordable for all and the impact on children of much older parents.