Introducing “I Am The Center” video series

The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services has been providing fertility care to patients in CT and greater New England for nearly 30 years. During this time we have seen many changes: advances in technology, our new state-of-the- art facility, and a state insurance mandate. However, the one constant has been the compassion and commitment of our staff, old and new.

To get to know us a little bit better, we’ve created a series of videos featuring individuals from the Center which we’ve entitled, I Am The Center. The first features Stephanie Bosco, Assistant Practice Manager in our Hartford and New London offices. We’re proud of our people…proud of what they accomplish each and every day. And proud of their commitment to helping our patients throughout their fertility journey. They truly are the Center.

Affording Treatment

Here at The Center we we understand how stressful fertility treatments can be, especially for those who do not have insurance coverage for the treatments they need. Our goal is to help our patients find a way to pay for their care.

Happy Make Your Dreams Come True Day!

Happy “Make Your Dreams Come True” Day! Celebrated on January 13, “This unofficial holiday with unknown origins encourages people to be proactive about achieving what they want in life.” How can we help make your dream come true?

Read more here: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/make-your-dreams-come-true-day

Oncofertility program

The Center is on the leading edge of oncofertility treatments having unique collaborations with experts in the fields of both fertility and cancer treatments that enable us to offer the best, most personalized treatment plans and access to the latest technologies available today. Here’s an interesting piece on some of the new developments in the field.

http://www.medpagetoday.com/OBGYN/Infertility/55493

 

HealthCircle Featured on FOX61

If you missed this morning’s Mommy Minute with Sarah Cody, or didn’t read this morning’s Hartford Courant, you missed hearing about the Center’s HealthCircle program. With HealthCircle, our goal is to help you enhance your fertility treatment plan with integrated programs that are meaningful, relevant and personal. It’s a full circle approach combining several unique programs to complement your fertility experience. These programs include yoga, nutrition, acupuncture and counseling.

But we have it for you here!

Risk of Multiples

We’ve taken the following post from our archives. Three years later the message is still very relevant. The issue of multiple births as a result of fertility treatments is frequently in the news. Aside from the ethical issues raised by this event, important health-related concerns have highlighted a growing trend to perform elective single embryo transfers (SET).  More information about single embryo transfers can be found here.

Risk of Multiples

(First published July 11, 2013)

In 1997, I was working at another hospital.  I had just started working in a fertility practice after working for ten years in Labor and Delivery.  My husband joked that “I was helping put babies in, instead of helping to take them out”.  It was only a few weeks into my new position, when I was very excited to go in with a couple to have their first pregnancy ultrasound at 7 weeks gestation.  As I stood next to the woman and her husband we all saw the ultrasound screen and it showed four gestational sacs!  The couple was amazed.  I, however, needed to sit down!  Seeing those 4 little beating hearts was wonderful to them…. but brought intense fear to me.  Working in labor and delivery I knew firsthand the gauntlet this couple would have to pass through to safely deliver those babies without loss, medical problems and a challenging pregnancy.

Multiple pregnancy, twins and particularly triplets or higher are a significant problem in the world of infertility treatment.  The risks of preterm loss, premature birth, low birth weight and serious maternal complications during the pregnancy are increased during a multiple pregnancy.  After delivery, families have to cope with the dramatic changes that occur.  There can be long term hospitalization of premature infants, followed by special needs of premature infant care and possible ongoing medical problems when they come home.   There is also the added expense and financial stress of feeding, clothing and caring for multiples.  Some couples adapt to these challenges, some couples are left feeling overwhelmed, sad and depressed.

As you consider your options throughout your treatment it is crucial that you discuss your risk of multiples with each cycle with your physician.

This discussion will include factors like your type of treatment, your previous response to treatment, your age, as well as your own beliefs, goals, needs and circumstances.

We follow each treatment cycle, including Clomid, injectable cycles with IUI, and IVF on a case by case basis to balance the highest success rates and minimize your risk of multiples.  We offer Single Embryo Transfer (SET) to IVF patients whenever possible.

Because of these known risks, one of our major goals and commitments to you here at the Center is to help achieve your dream of a family and try to minimize your risk of a multiple pregnancy.

Deb R., RN