It’s National Infertility Awareness Week. Did you know one in eight couples have trouble getting – or staying pregnant?
If you’re struggling to conceive, the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services provides a wide range of state-of-the-art treatments to help you grow your family and four locations throughout the state – including a new one in Branford – it’s more convenient for patients than ever.
“They’re the best things that has ever happened to me,” said Jennifer Massey a patient at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services.
“So, my first daughter is Emma Grace she’s two and a half and she just dotes on her little sister Aubrey. Aubrey is going to be nine months and a couple of days,” she added.
Jennifer Massey and her husband Chris’s hands and hearts are full but there was a time they didn’t think growing their family would be possible.
“There was a few years where we kind of hid and we avoided baby showers and our nieces and nephews birthday parties because it was just difficult to be around children,” Massy said.
The couple struggled with infertility but eventually found hope at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services.
“It’s grown to be one of the biggest and a very successful in vitro fertilization program and a full-service fertility program, said Daniel Grow, Lead Physician at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services.
Since the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services opened 35 Years ago, they’ve helped bring 13,000 babies into the world.
“So, the Branford location gives couples the opportunity that live along the shoreline the New Haven area the opportunity of having access to our services you know a little closer to home,” said Deb Hintz, ARPN at The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services.
Couples can call to schedule an appointment or be referred by their physician.
“An initial appointment will include a you know a history of physical. We do an ultrasound we can look at their uterus look at their ovaries and then we also for the male partner look at their sperm counts and then put all those pieces together and come up with a plan for them,” Hintz added.
For Jennifer and Chris – that plan involved in vitro fertilization.
“We ended up with six total embryos – the very first one was my Emma.”
The remaining embryos were frozen and about a year later, Aubrey was conceived.
“Many patients find that you know the at the end of their journey with us it leads to a family it leads to a healthy pregnancy and that’s you know that’s why we’re here that’s what makes us happy too.”
For the Masseys, their two daughters have been nothing short of a miracle.
“Life has color again because of them and they’re the best things that has ever happened to me,” Massey added.
To learn more about The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, visit UCONNFertility.com