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05/22

2017

Celebrities and Surrogacy

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You’ve probably seen their stories reported in popular magazines and websites. When celebrities choose to publicize their surrogacy journeys, people listen. This spreads awareness and gives the public a greater understanding of the challenges of family building for both same sex and heterosexual celebrities who want to have babies–just like the rest of us!

Turning to Surrogacy
Regardless of their fame, prospective parents may need to use the services of a surrogate mother, also known as a gestational carrier, for a variety of medical and social reasons.

Intended mothers may have been born without a uterus, have a uterine structural abnormality, or needed a hysterectomy due to cancer, all of which make it impossible for them to carry a pregnancy. Some may have medical problems that would make pregnancy dangerous. Surrogacy also may be needed for women who have experienced numerous failed IVF cycles. They can produce healthy, normal-looking embryos, but implantation does not occur, even with IVF.

Of course, same sex individuals and single men who want to have biological children need two, “third parties,” an egg donor and a surrogate mother.

Here are four examples of celebrities who have shone a light on surrogacy:

GloZell Green
GloZell is viral social media superstar known for her signature green lipstick, vivacious personality and hilarious YouTube videos. When she wanted to have a baby in her late 30s, her doctor discovered she had endometriosis and a thin uterine lining. He suggested she use a surrogate mother to carry her baby.

GloZell and her husband Kevin Simon are now the proud parents of a little girl, O’Zell, born last August with the help of HRC Fertility’s Dr. Bradford Kolb. In her unique style, GloZell chronicled her surrogacy journey and, in the process, has educated millions of people about infertility and surrogacy.

Elton John and David Furnish
This megastar and his producer/director husband are one of the most famous gay couples who used surrogacy to build their family. Elton and David are British citizens and commercial surrogacy is not legally recognized in the United Kingdom. They used the same surrogate mother for the birth of their sons.

When fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana created a firestorm by calling IVF and surrogacy “unnatural,” Elton John came to the defense of the millions of parents and babies who have used these miraculous technologies.

Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban needed the help of a surrogate mother for their second daughter. After Ms. Kidman’s struggle to conceive baby number two, she was very open about talking about secondary infertility and the struggle of undergoing treatment and miscarriage, as well as showing her admiration for her surrogate mother.

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin is not only a gay dad via surrogacy but was a single man who wanted to become a father when his twins Matteo and Valentino were conceived via surrogacy. He is well-known as a “choice dad” who made a conscious choice to become a father.

Ricky’s surrogacy experience is an example of how the desire for parenthood is a universal goal for both men and women, with or without a partner. Thank you to these celebrities and others who have brought awareness to this unique, but increasingly popular, family-building option.

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HRC Fertility has an active third party parenting program because California has very favorable surrogacy law, which attract intended parents from all over the world. To learn more, click here: http://www.havingbabies.com/infertility-treatment/third-party-reproduction/

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04/26

2017

HRC Fertility’s Encino Staff Was an Emotional Lifeline

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Justine and Konrad were in their 20s when they first started trying to have a baby. Justine had previously been diagnosed with PCOS, so she knew it might take her longer to get pregnant. But after two years without results, she decided to ask her OBGYN for help. Justine was prescribed Clomid to stimulate ovulation. It worked, but unfortunately, she suffered an early miscarriage.

“This was the turning point for us,” she remembers. “We decided to seek the help of a specialist. Our doctor gave us the names of three or four infertility specialists, so I decided to do some online research. All of Dr. Robert Boostanfar’s reviews were very positive. We took that as a good sign!”

The couple found Dr. Boostanfar easy to talk to and down to earth. At their first meeting, he had already read their history and they felt confident in his ability to help them get pregnant.

Konrad adds, “Our first impression of the Encino office was so positive. Everyone was super friendly. We could sense the staff liked working there; it seemed like a warm and supportive environment. Dr. Boostanfar met with us right on time, which we really appreciated because it was right on the middle of the workday.”

Dr. Boostanfar developed a game plan. First, he wanted to make sure Justine’s tubes were normal and ordered a hysterosalpingogram. He suggested pursuing intrauterine inseminations (IUI) before attempting anything more advanced.

Justine and Konrad underwent two unsuccessful rounds of IUI and were obviously heartbroken. After their second cycle, Dr. Boostanfar suggested they take a mental health break — so they took his advice and went on vacation.

Both said, “We could tell that Dr. B was just as bummed as we were that our cycles had not worked. Even the nurse who called about the negative pregnancy was so sincere. I could tell she was hurting for us.

“After we returned from vacation, we started acupuncture as a way to prepare for our third IUI. The doctor was open to anythng that would help. The cycle was successful and we are now parents to Kennedy, who was born on March 16, 2017!”

They advise other couples to stick with the plan and to keep going through the whole process, suggesting, “You have to cope with the losses emotionally while simultaneously not forgetting you have a life. Taking care of ourselves, like going on vacation or using acupuncture, really helped us. Having the encouraging HRC Fertility staff to support us was also reassuring. We didn’t have a lot of people to talk to about our emotional roller coaster ride, so it was a blessing to confide in them.”

At just 29, this LA-based couple is hoping to return to HRC Fertility in Encino for another round of treatment and, hopefully, to add to their family.

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04/10

2017

#ListenUp for National Infertility Awareness Week

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#ListenUp! In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), April 23-29, our infertility specialists are trying to make infertility treatment more accessible to new patients. Often, taking the first step to schedule an appointment with a physician is a difficult one. Patients don’t know what to anticipate during the initial meeting. They may be intimidated and confused.

Drs. Jane Frederick, Daniel Potter, Sanaz Ghazal and Mickey Coffler hope to break down some of those barriers by providing the following specials during NIAW. New patients can respond on the doctors’ individual Facebook pages.

* Dr. Jane Frederick and Dr. Daniel Potter: Raffles for a $500 gift certificate toward fertility treatment with the first 10 people responding getting a free “new patient” consultation voucher
* Dr. Sanaz Ghazal is offering a $500 gift certificate and five free “new patient” consult vouchers
* Dr. Mickey Coffler will be providing a $250 raffle

#ListenUp: So what happens during the initial consultation? Here’s what you should know about an initial consultation:

Your first impression
The initial consultation usually is the first meeting between you and the doctor (unless you met at one of our seminars) who will be your primary infertility specialist at HRC Fertility Orange County. Expect the appointment to last between 60-90 minutes. We encourage both partners to attend this meeting. You are in this together to make a baby!

Initial paperwork
Please try to complete the financial, administrative and medical history paperwork we send in the initial consultation packet. This includes other important documents to help us more effectively plan your care.

Become informed about your health insurance
It’s always a good idea to know what your insurance plan will pay for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. We have experienced financial counselors who will work with you to figure out what will be covered as well as other options you can take to afford treatment.

Bring your medical records
If you have had previous diagnostic tests or treatment performed by an obstetrician/gynecologist or a reproductive endocrinologist, please arrange for the release of those records. You can either bring these records to the initial consultation or, better yet, have them sent before your appointment. You can save previous time and money with the receipt of these important documents. We do not want to repeat any unnecessary tests or procedures.

Reviewing your medical history

Your past records and the completed medical history forms will alert us to any health concerns or issues you and your partner might have. During the consultation, we will ask both partners about past medical problems, surgeries, and prescription medications they are using. With the female partner, we will discuss her OB history, previous infertility workups and treatments, and if her mother or sisters have had trouble conceiving.

We also want to know if the father-to-be has already fathered a child/gotten a woman pregnant and lifestyle factors that may affect his sperm. If he has already completed his semen analysis, the doctor will also go over those results as well.

Explaining and scheduling diagnostic testing
We will explain what each test entails and what the results will mean. For women, we will schedule blood work on day three of your menstrual cycle to evaluate your hormone levels and other key indicators of fertility, as well as an ultrasound to visualize your ovaries and pelvic cavity, and a hysterosalpingogram, a specialized x-ray to assess the anatomy of your fallopian tubes and uterus.

The male partner has it relatively simple. He must produce a semen sample to be evaluated.

Developing a roadmap to success
Our goal is to get you pregnant! The initial consultation is the first step in outlining your treatment options. Unless otherwise medically indicated, we proceed from low-tech (medication and/or intrauterine insemination) options to more complex, such as assisted reproductive technologies, including in vitro fertilization. We also discuss success rates based on age and diagnosis. We want you to feel comfortable with your treatment course.

We hope you leave the consultation with a positive viewpoint and a feeling that you are on the way to making your dreams come true.

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03/15

2017

HRC Fertility Free Seminar a Game-Changer

Posted by admin | Filed under Getting Pregnant, Infertility, IVF, Uncategorized

Margot had a gut instinct that she might have polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. Though she is thin, Margot experienced irregular periods and suffered from bouts of acne. However, every doctor insisted Margot was fine, even though she and her husband had been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for just over one year. Luckily, Margot persisted in discovering the truth behind her inability to conceive and is now the mother of a 20-month-old toddler, Asher.

A registered nurse, Margot and her husband both wanted to start a family soon after they were married in 2013. Unfortunately, Margot’s search for a gynecologist who could confirm her diagnosis proved fruitless until she attended one of HRC Fertility’s free seminars in Fullerton. As part of the event, Margot was offered a free consultation with an infertility specialist. She and her husband scheduled an appointment with Dr. John Norian at HRC’s Rancho Cucamonga office.

“Within the first five minutes of meeting him, Dr. Norian was convinced I had PCOS,” recalls Margot. “An ultrasound confirmed my ovaries were polycystic. Dr. Norian reviewed all of our treatment options, including intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, my husband was unsure about IVF. Fortunately, Dr. Norian was very accommodating and didn’t want us to feel any pressure about how to proceed.”

The couple decided to undergo several rounds of treatment with the medication Letrozole. Though the first cycle didn’t work, Dr. Norian carefully monitored Margot with ultrasounds and the couple achieved success on their second cycle. Margot learned she was pregnant on her 33rd birthday!

She says, “We were fortunate that HRC had an incredibly encouraging and supportive staff. Infertility presents you with such a roller coaster of emotions and it was wonderful to have a great group of nurses and an outstanding doctor who understood our journey.”

Margot recommends that others follow their intuition and find a specialist who has expertise in infertility, adding, “It will save you a lot of pain and heartache if you do. Even if you have to go without your partner, it will give you peace of mind.”

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10/04

2016

Second Opinion Results in Baby with HRC and Dr. John Wilcox

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Like many newlyweds, Genevieve and her husband started trying to have a baby as soon as they married in 2012. A heartbreaking miscarriage a year later prompted the couple to seek the help of an infertility specialist.

However, after three failed intrauterine inseminations (IUI) with the same doctor, Genevieve and her husband felt frustrated that their needs were not being met. Though they were in the midst of their first round of IVF, they decided to get a second opinion before proceeding. Genevieve relied on Yelp reviews and a personal recommendation to choose Dr. John Wilcox at HRC Fertility’s Pasadena office.

“I found Dr. Wilcox to be a sympathetic straight shooter, qualities that I admire,” said Genevieve. “Because I’m an engineer, I make decisions based on charts, tables and analytics. He provided me with that type of quantitative information, so I was able to feel confident in cancelling my cycle with the other clinic and moving forward with HRC.”

With her new medication protocol, Genevieve produced more follicles than in previous treatments. Dr. Wilcox retrieved 15 eggs; nine survived and six were frozen as embryos. The couple then underwent three frozen cycles. Though they were not successful during the first two attempts, Genevieve and Ben were secure in Dr. Wilcox’s ability to learn why these cycles had failed. Except for the cost of anesthesia, he even provided the third cycle for free.

Noted Genevieve, “Dr. Wilcox and his staff were very encouraging. Though we were emotionally drained, their reassurance and determination to help us get pregnant made us feel like we were in the right hands despite our failures. But sure enough, we persevered and were successful on the third cycle with the last set of embryos. Now we have our eight-week old son.”

Genevieve acknowledges that experiencing fertility treatment was one of the hardest things she had ever done physically and emotionally, and she and her husband sought counseling when infertility put a strain on their marriage.

“Having a supportive staff and doctor really made a difference,” she added. “We started to see the light with Dr. Wilcox. He has an excellent bedside manner and seemed to have an answer for my every question, especially when my cycles failed. I have already recommended a friend to his office!”

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