'Preservation IVF' and Knowing When You're Really Ready for Parenthood

Monday, September 06, 2010

We’ve all heard of single women in their thirties freezing their eggs for later use. But Gillian St. Lawrence has taken the idea somewhat further.

Gillian is thirty. She’s been happily married for nearly ten years. She and her husband, Paul St. Lawrence, both want children... just not yet. They don’t, however, want to face the potentially lower fertility rates and higher genetic disorder rates that might come if they decide to get pregnant years down the road. They’ve opted to create and freeze five embryos, which they’ll implant in ten or fifteen years, when they feel more ready.

Gillian calls her pre-emptive fertility treatments “preservation IVF.” Gillian and Paul tell us about their decision to postpone parenthood in an unconventional way, and discuss what it means to be “ready” to be a parent.


Comments [1]

Ed from Larchmont

This is monstrous. Who would have a child (which is what you have when an egg is fertilized) and then freeze their him or her? Who would freeze their child? And what happens (heaven forbid) if the woman gets sick. They decide not to gestate the child, and their child is killed. Monstrous. Have a child, for heaven's sake.

Sep. 06 2010 11:37 AM

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