Early this week, a couple in Ohio announced a lawsuit claiming a stranger’s sperm was used to create an embryo as opposed to the husbands when the couple underwent in vitro fertilization. This heartbreaking incident is the second time in the last month embryo mix-ups have made national headlines. The incident in July involved embryos that were mistakenly implanted to the wrong mothers.
In light of these events, we believe it’s important to convey that Dr. Smikle, Dr. Ekpo and the Embryology Team at Laurel Fertility Care do not take our responsibility lightly or your trust in us for granted. After similar reports more than 10 years ago, we developed strict protocols to prevent any mix-ups in sperm, eggs, or embryos from occurring. Although each patient is assigned a unique identification number that is used to verify gametes before fertilization and to identify embryos before transfer, human error can still cause mishaps. Therefore, we utilize a multi-person review verification process to ensure all samples including sperm, eggs, and embryos are properly verified prior to being labeled and utilized for the creation of embryos.
We understand that our patients have faced many challenges in the past that led them to seek care from Laurel Fertility which is why we are committed to ensuring your experience is as stress-free as possible. Our knowledgeable staff is led by our highly credentialed medical and lab directors, who adhere to the highest level of standards. In doing so, we have helped families achieve remarkable success.
If you are a current or prospective patient, we’d be glad to answer any questions you may have about the safety protocols we have in place when administering fertility treatments. You can call us at (415) 673-9199 or email email@example.com.