Wrong embryos transferred; embryos, eggs and sperm mislabeled;
embryos lost; wrong sperm used. Mistakes happen and infertility
patients need to be prepared. What should you know to protect
yourself? Our guests will be Dr Jacob F Mayer, Embryologist at the
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Professor of
Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Elizabeth Ginsburg, President of the
Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, Associate Professor
of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard,And
director of the IVF program at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and
Jessica Berg, Professor of Law and Biomedical Ethics at Case
Western Reserve University School of Law and Associate Director of
the Law-Medicine Center.
What rules or guidelines must infertility clinics
and labs follow for labeling egg, sperm and
What are standard safeguards that should be used
to prevent the wrong sperm or egg from being used for insemination
or the wrong embryo from being transferred?
How can a patient know if these safeguards are
Who enforces these rules or
How does the infertility industry respond to the
charges that they are unregulated and this lack of regulation
resulted in the Octomom, mixed up embryos, and the general
cheapening of human life?
Other than labeling mistakes, where else can
errors in IVF occur?
Who are the legal parents of a child that results
from the wrong embryos being transferred?
Can you and should you compel a DNA test if you
are concerned that embryos may have been mixed
Does a clinic have an obligation to disclose to a
patient if an error or mix up has occurred?
What can patients do to avoid errors, mistakes,
and mix ups when undergoing in vitro
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