Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Health: Family & Parenting

Childbirth and Childcare Series

This series presents helpful and insightful programs that offer parents and parents-to-be important and comforting information about childbirth, childcare and parenting. Series: 8 programs (15 to 60 minutes). Click for more

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): The Children Show

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): The Children Show

"Recommended. This is a thorough look at the emotional, psychological and bioethical sides of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Infertility medicine has grown exponentially over the past ten years. Help from new research and technology is expanding the horizons for anyone wanting a genetically similar infant. The sensitive ethical and political issues surrounding assisted reproduction and IVF in particular have resulted in a lack of government regulation, leading to a field that is as stated in the film, "fast-paced, innovative and often unpredictable." A highlight is hearing Dr. Howard Jones, "the father of IVF in America," comment on the lack of scientific studies in the field. 'The Children Show' tackles all the big issues surrounding IVF from insurance coverage to lack of research studies to how many embryos to implant and everything in between." -EMRO Review
When "test tube" baby, Louise Brown, was born in England in 1978, she was considered a miracle of modern medical science; today, a "test tube" baby is born every day somewhere in the world. In North America alone there are more than 300 centers that practice in vitro fertilization (IVF), fertilization outside the human body, and the best report "pregnancy rates of more than 30 percent per cycle after embryo transfer." Despite this success, the basic human desire to have children and traditional beliefs in technology continue to clash in the world of reproductive medicine. This enlightening documentary explores the ethical dilemmas created by new treatments for infertility and the story of one couple's quest for treatment; it features many renown specialists in IVF, including William Schoolcraft, M.D., who runs a successful IVF clinic in Colorado; Howard Jones, M.D., called the "father of IVF in America," he performed the first successful IVF procedure in the U.S.; Art Caplan, Ph. D., director of the Center for Bioethics at the Univ. of PA, Philadelphia, a prominent bio-ethicist; Glenn McGee, Ph.D., author of Pragmatic Bioethics, and editor of The American Journal of Bioethics; Gay Becker, Ph.D., the former Adjunct Professor of Medical Anthropology, School of Medicine, UC/San Francisco; Gregory Stock, Ph.D., director of the Program on Medicine, Technology, and Society at UCLA's School of Public Health, and author of Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future; and Madeline Licker Feingold, Ph.D., an experienced infertility counselor with the Alta Bates IVF Program in California. In this evenhanded account we see how opinions and attitudes about technology and gender identity surround infertility, which can make decision making especially difficult; also we see doctors and patients are trying their best to make responsible decisions in an area of medicine that has few rules and no assurances. Produced by Josh Braun. 04/10DE SCA 52 min.

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