Next Wave Fertility will be a think lab and media platform that will lead the conversation about the changing landscape of modern family in the 21st Century. Its goal will be to raise awareness about the new technologies, trends, and ideas that are shaping and supporting the way we conceive and raise our children in today’s modern families. It will be a place to share stories, thoughts, feelings, triumphs, and failures in the modern family planning journey. It will include articles, videos, and research about the new technologies, scientific advances and social trends that support modern families, and aim to connect the global fertility ecosystem in order to build a future road map of the most pressing social issues and bioethical challenges we face in human reproduction.
Why This Matters
The way we conceive, and the family structures in which we raise our children, is dramatically changing. Men and women all over the world are putting their economic power ahead of their procreative power;we are spending a larger portion of early adulthood single, investing in our education, careers and independence - and having children later. Many of us in this growing demographic are wrestling with ambiguities and desires around having it all, balancing career and family, all while backed up against the inevitable tick-tock of our biological clocks. (yes, men have them too!)
New social choices and technologies are offering new tools to empower us in family planning. But they are also drastically changing the methods, decisions, timing, and ethics around the way we conceive and build our families. Women are empowered by freezing their eggs, couple’s facing infertility are turning to all types of advanced reproductive technologies from surrogates to donor eggs to big data analytics and genetic tests; single moms by choice and LBGT couples are conceiving via sperm and egg donors. Down the line, there’s potential for technologies that can edit the genes of embryos before they are implanted in order to eradicate deadly, or not so deadly, mutations and IVG technology to help same sex couples make babies. These are the new faces of the 21st Century and we want to provide an online community for them.
Where Your Money Will Go
Next Wave Fertility will launch with a series of highly produced educational videos about different topics in modern family planning: men's biological clocks, egg freezing, IVF, donor eggs, artificial insemination, all portrayed with in the context of the social and cultural trends that are increasing our reliance on them. The website will also be populated with relevant articles and research that will be shared through a bi-monthly newsletter called The ART and Science of Family. Your dollars will go directly to paying for our editorial and production costs. This includes writers, editors, producers, and the equipment we need to make this content come to life.