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Common IVF Questions: Is In Vitro Fertilization Painful?

In-Vitro fertilization (IVF) is known as the most effective form of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). If you are considering IVF, you may have questions about the IVF process and whether or not it is painful. These questions are common, and we are here to help provide answers to help ease worry or confusion. Is IVF […]

June Baby of the Month – Meet Yuna

Like many couples today, we found each other later in life, at the ripe ages of 34 and 38. We discussed the desire to have a family early on in our dating, but didn’t want the pressure of rushing a new relationship along just to have children before our fertile years came to a close. […]

Miscarriage Myths & Facts Every Couple Needs to Know

Miscarriages are very common and are rarely spoken about due to the stigma many women carry about why they happen.  A miscarriage by definition is a non-viable pregnancy in the uterus and roughly 80 percent of them happen in the first trimester.  Approximately 20 percent of confirmed pregnancies miscarry, mostly in the early months.  Misunderstanding […]

Mental Health & Surviving the Two-Week Wait

For those undergoing fertility treatment, the two-week period between an embryo transfer and taking a pregnancy test is often referred to as the “Two-Week Wait.” This is the final phase of IVF, and for most, it’s a time flooded with uncertainty, unknowns, worries, doubts and expectations. Getting through it while trying not to obsess or […]

May Baby of the Month – Meet Ethan

In 2015 we were blessed with our first daughter. We conceived without complications, after only a month. When it came time for our second, it never crossed our minds that things would be different. But when one month turned into six months, and then turned into a year of negative pregnancy tests, we sought help.   […]

The Importance of the Embryologist

A key member of a patient’s clinical team is the Embryologist.  They play a crucial role in ensuring that you experience the most successful outcome possible when undergoing treatment. Embryologists are not MDs, but they are highly trained medical professionals, usually holding a master’s degree to the specialized nature of their work. They care for […]

National Infertility Awareness Week 2021 (NIAW)

What is National Infertility Awareness Week? National Infertility Awareness Week (April 18, 2021 – April 24, 2021), hosted by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, is a time to change the conversation about infertility, educate others, advocate for the infertility community and be open about your own journey. Each year during this important week, millions come […]

April Babies of the Month – Meet Francisco & Fernanda

After nine years of being with my husband we finally talked about having kids.  For six months we tried to get pregnant and were not successful. My OB/GYN started doing a bunch of tests to find out why I was not getting pregnant and discovered that both of my fallopian tubes were closed. My doctor […]

Endometriosis and Infertility: Symptoms, Stages and Treatments

Endometriosis occurs when the layer of tissue that normally covers the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows in other parts of the body. It is associated with infertility and difficulty achieving pregnancy. This tissue is most commonly found on the ovaries or fallopian tubes, but in rare cases can be found on the bowels, liver, […]

March Baby of the Month – Meet Israel

After having many years and challenges getting pregnant on my own, we were highly recommended to Laurel Fertility, Dr. Smikle and Dr. Ekpo. Their staff made me feel comfortable and we were relieved that we finally found a team that really took care of me. After our second try, we are over the moon and […]