Category: Blog

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 […]

Male Factor Infertility

While there are many potential causes of fertility that are specific to women, men can also contribute to the cause of infertility within a couple. In fact, up to 40% trace their infertility at least partially to the male partner. Sperm motility – the movement of the sperm – and sperm morphology – the shape […]

February Baby of the Month – Meet Kadence

In 2016 we gave birth to our first daughter, after conceiving without complications.  When we decided to expand our family the following year, we automatically assumed that we could have another uneventful, healthy pregnancy and delivery.  The thought of infertility never crossed our minds. After months and months of negative pregnancy tests, we decided in […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

As you make the decision to pursue fertility care, we are continuing measures to keep us all safe, we know that you trust and depend on us to provide such a personal and essential service.  The Laurel Fertility Care team continues to rely heavily on universal masking, physical distancing, limiting social interactions and frequent sanitizing […]

January Baby of the Month – Meet Hayes

Our journey began last year in 2019, as my husband and I celebrated our first-year wedding anniversary, we started talking about trying to have kids. I have had a long history of amenorrhea and PCOS from working out so much so I knew that getting pregnant might be a little difficult. My husband and I […]