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14
Jun

LGBT Pride Month Support and Teleworkshop

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sunflowerJune is LGBT Pride Month, and CNY Fertility Center is celebrating by offering awareness and resources for family planning.  We are pleased to have worked with so many families from the LGBT community, and we love being an active resource locally in Syracuse, Albany, and Rochester, New York.
We have the capability to facilitate a wide variety of cycles, to meet your specific family’s needs.  We recognize that there are many decisions to be made when entering into family planning, so we are offering a free Fertility Support Teleworkshop on Monday, June 17th focusing on LGBT specific needs.  This teleworkshop will be led by our Support Coordinator, Lisa, and head of our Albany Nursing Team, Justine.  During the call we will review cycle and emotional support options, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.  For call information, please email Lisa: Lstack@cnyfertility.com
For our support opportunities, both in-office and virtual, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.
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If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordiator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com.
If you are interested in an initial fertility consultation either over the phone (if you live out of the NY State region) or in-office, please call our toll-free number at 800.539.9870 or request a consult here.
 
 

3
May

NEW Donor Embryo's Available as of May 1st, 2013

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Donor Embryo Cycle - CNY Fertility CenterOur Donor Embryo program was established over the past couple of years, with very positive outcomes, as an alternative option for Recipients looking to try a Donor Egg Cycle.  This unique program differs greatly from our Donor Egg cycles, but offers just as much hope and opportunity for the creation of family.  The embryos available are those remaining from other patients’ IVF cycles.  These patients have decided that they do not wish to transfer these embryos, and would like to give that opportunity to someone else.
Similar to the nature of the Donor Egg cycles, the donor profiles (of both egg and sperm) are available online, and they have completed a similar medical and social history – see below for the current list.  While the recipient does not have the ability to choose the sperm used, there are many benefits to this program.  These embryos are readily available, and all of the testing has been completed, so cost and time are both greatly decreased (embryo cycle costs here).
We have donor embryos available right now, as of May 1st, 2013, if you’re interested in exploring this option:
You can call our office toll free 1.855.CNY.EGGS or send an email:
Patricia Breh – pbreh@cnyfertility.com
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12
May

April's Journey to Fertility: Every Baby Truly is a Miracle

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April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately three years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 73:  Every Baby Truly is a Miracle
If I had to identify the most important lesson I have learned during my four year journey to fertility it is this: every baby truly is a miracle. Think about it. The majority of us probably just thought we would try to get pregnant, and within a month or two it would happen. We failed to recognize the intricate timing needed for everything to be just right and for everything to work in our bodies; not only does there have to be mobile sperm and a fertile egg, but there have to be balanced hormone levels to support the pregnancy. Aside from that, there are a number of other factors that go into conception and pregnancy. If you are reading this blog, you are probably recalling all of the details that allow conception to occur and pregnancy to thrive. We know all so much about these details because we have been to multiple appointments, endured consistent and invasive tests, and have had serious conversations with our partners about issues we never even knew existed. We have had to examine which choice would be the right one when the last procedure didn’t work. We have learned of so many other pregnancies that just naturally occurred.
We know babies are miracles because we have endured the emotionally exhausting and physically demanding world of infertility. The United States just celebrated National Infertility Week, and I wonder how many Americans were even aware of that fact. How many individuals have any concept of what it is to fight for a baby, for what comes so easily to others? I also wonder how many women really understand the “miracle” of their bodies working, of their babies being healthy, of their pregnancies thriving. There is so much pain in this journey; yet the beauty of pregnancy and motherhood is miraculous. Perhaps the miracle will not come in the form you thought it would. In fact, for those of us who have been on this journey for years, we know it is time to examine alternatives to family building, and I just hope that each one of us can continue to go back to the very essence of motherhood, which is that every baby truly is a miracle. Biological babies are miracles; babies conceived through the use of a sperm donor are miracles; babies conceived through the use of an egg donor are miracles; babies that are a result of IVF or IUI procedures are miracles; surrogate babies are miracles; adopted babies are miracles. You are a miracle!
As I move forward on my journey, I intend to continually focus on the fact that every baby is a miracle. I want to be pregnant and give birth to my baby, but my baby may not arrive in the traditional manner. Nonetheless, he or she will be our little miraculous blessing. I can’t wait to welcome our baby into our home, no matter how he or she gets here.
Wishing you many miracles,
April all year
april.allyear@yahoo.com

22
Apr

Recent E-Newsletters: Donor Cycles, NIAW and More

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For your viewing pleasure we have shared links to a few of our recent e-newsletters below. They are full of helpful information, event invitations, new baby success stories, recent videos and much more. We are always interested in hearing your feedback so if you have any suggestions on how we can better provide you with the information you would like to see, please share your comments here.
If you would like to receive our Fertility E-Newsletters click here.
 
Holiday Support and National Infertility Awareness Week
Donor Cycles: Determining Blood Type
Laughter for Fertility & PGD Information
 

30
Mar

Questions for our Egg Donor Coordinator

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Do you have any pressing questions that you would like our Donor Coordinator, Kari Gardner, LPN to answer?  Submit them as a comment or email me, and I will get them answered for you in video or article format!
 
It is important for you to feel secure and confident during your treatment, so we want to make sure you have all the information you need!
 
Any and all questions are welcome!
Lisa
Lstack@cnyfertility.com

28
Nov

The Embryo Donation Process

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Our Embryo Donation Program offers a wonderful opportunity for our clients with embryos remaining from their cycles.  This program allows you to donate your embryos to another client, who is unable to conceive with their own gametes.  Working closely with our donor team, you have the opportunity to help another family achieve their dreams.
The process of donation is quite simple.  From the moment you begin, you will have access to member of our team at all times.  They will explain each step clearly and patiently, so that you feel completely comfortable.  To begin, we suggest you contact our Donor Coordinators and ask any initial questions you may have.  Once we hear from you, we will send out a packet of information along with consent forms, and a questionnaire.  The questionnaire will give the prospective embryo recipients an idea of your medical history, and social background.  While the process is completely anonymous, the more detailed information you can give, the better.
Once the embryos have been selected and adopted, we will bring you into the office to complete the required FDA testing.  This tests for infectious diseases, and a few other criteria that need to be fulfilled to satisfy FDA requirements.  The testing takes approximately 10 days to return, and once complete the recipient family will begin the process for a frozen embryo transfer.
The beauty of embryo donation is that it offers the donating family a sense of closure and satisfaction, while also creating opportunities for a recipient family in need.  If you feel that the Donor Embryo Program is something that would compliment your experience at CNY Fertility Center, please don’t hesitate to contact our donor team.  They are ready to guide you through this unique and loving process.
For more information regarding the Embryo Donation Program, please contact our Donor Coordinators:
You may contact the Donor Team by calling 800.539.9870 (toll free)
Or via email:
Pati Breh: Pbreh@cnyfertility.com
Stephanie Rogers: Srogers@cnyfertility.com
Kari Gardner: Kgardner@cnyferility.com

We look forward to hearing from you. Our donation team would be happy to further explain the cycles available to you.  Please visit our website for more information: http://cnyfertility.com/donor-gametes/donor-profiles/embryo-donor-profiles/

27
Jul

How do you know when you’re ready for a donor cycle?

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At CNY Fertility Center, we are able to offer our patients many ways to help them conceive.  One of the most unique is the Donor Program (eggs, sperm, and embryos).  Within the Donor Program our patients have an incredible opportunity to work towards their goal of parenthood, while utilizing donated gametes or embryos.  As wonderful as these cycles are, many of our patients feel perplexed about deciding when the time is right to begin.  Taking that step into the world of the Donor Program can appear challenging and intimidating, but there are a few ways to determine if you are ready.
Many of our patients claim to ‘just know’ when the time is right.  They feel as though they have done all they could have, using their or their partner’s gametes.  At that point the decision feels simple and natural.  If you feel an instinctual pull either way, trust that feeling.  Your mind and body have a wonderful way of letting you know what should come next.
Some patients may not have that clear sense either way.  To help yourself come to that intuitive feeling, place yourself in that moment.  Assess the emotions that arise when you consider what it will feel like to take those initial steps.  Do you feel hope, anxiety, or excitement?  Do you feel like it is too soon?  Then, imagine continuing along the same path you are on.  Do you feel comfortable?  Are you anxious that you should be doing more?  Try to gauge what your reaction would be in each situation, and compare the two.  This may help further the conversation, and offer a bit more direction.
As you are considering a donor cycle, be sure to have an open and honest conversation with your partner, if you are in a relationship.  Also know that we would be happy to discuss any of your concerns with you, and help you work towards the next step.
For more information regarding Donor Egg or Donor Embryo cycles, please contact our Donor Coordinators:
You may contact the Donor Team by calling 800.539.9870 (toll free)
Or via email:
Pati Breh: Pbreh@cnyfertility.com
Stephanie Rogers: Srogers@cnyfertility.com
Kari Gardner: Kgardner@cnyferility.com

We look forward to hearing from you, and creating the family you have always wanted.
Our donation team would be happy to further explain the cycles available to you.  Please visit our website for more information: http://cnyfertility.com/donor-gametes/

22
Jul

April's Journey to Fertility: Hope versus Reality

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April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately two and a half years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 57: Hope versus Reality
Every single month, I tell myself that I may have actually gotten pregnant naturally, but that never happens. I am not even sure why I still think that might happen. Perhaps the insanity of infertility has finally taken over my better judgment. Or perhaps I think a natural pregnancy is still possible because I have friends who, despite years of infertility, have become pregnant – naturally. But those stories do not solve my problem. Although they certainly provide hope in what seems to be a hopeless situation, they do not provide a solution. We have to find the solution to our family building challenges from within.
As a result of these conflicted feelings, I have recently been asking myself when is being hopeful unrealistic and when is being realistic pessimistic? I have come to the following conclusions:
There is always hope because there are always options. When men are infertile, there is the option of donor sperm. When a woman’s egg quality is questionable or poor, a couple may choose to use donor eggs. Surrogacy is also a possibility for women who may not be able to carry a pregnancy to full term themselves. And there are many babies and children who need homes in adoptive families. As long as my husband and I are open to our many family building options, there is hope that we will be mothers, fathers, parents. (Granted, this is an incredibly simplified breakdown of a couple’s options and there are many emotional and technical details related to each of the above, but the importance of remembering that there are many possibilities is invaluable.)
Openly discussing possible next steps means we are choosing to be informed. Exploring all of the possible paths to parenthood does not mean we are pessimistic about our current path or that we have lost hope. Rather, it means we have faith that we will be parents, no matter how we build our families. We understand that a child is a gift, no matter from where that little being comes.
Most importantly, when we remember there are many ways to build our families we may relieve some of the pressure we feel as we proceed through an assisted cycle. We want any medically supported cycle to work and to be successful. Yet if we know there is a next step, then we may feel more at ease as we proceed through the unknown.
Open to all possibilities,
April all Year
Click here to read all of April’s previous blog articles on her Journey toward Fertility.

21
Apr

The Donor Program: Defined by Love

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A family is defined by love.  At CNY Fertility Center, we create a beautiful spectrum of loving, blossoming families.  While each family develops along their own path, the end result is similar.  Whether you conceive naturally, with donor eggs/embryos/sperm, or you adopt, the creation of family is dependant on the love you give.

Sometimes, our potential donor egg and embryo recipients express concerns that they will not feel a natural maternal/paternal connection with the child.  This is a valid, and common concern.  The most beautiful aspect of the Donor Program (PRIDE (PRegnancy Initiation with Donated Eggs) or Embryo Donation) is watching these concerns become a fleeting memory, often with the first positive pregnancy test.  Prior to conception there may be some apprehension, but when you feel those first kicks and flutters, the questions vanish.

The PRIDE and Donor Embryo programs are able to give our patients the gift of those very special 9 months prior to birth.  This is a wonderful time of excitement, in anticipation of your newest family member.  When your child’s birth day comes, you will meet not a stranger, but the son or daughter you have loved and nurtured for almost a year.  They will know the sound of your voice, and immediately recognize skin-to-skin contact and wonderful smell, as ‘mom’.  That little bundle of love is yours, and here in this great big world thanks to you.

In those first few moments after delivery, any thought of the donor has vanished.  You have your family to care for, and that is all that matters.  Two big beautiful eyes will be staring up at you, and they belong to the little one that will call you ‘mom’ or ‘dad’.  In that moment, any thought the child may have of his or her donated origin is nonexistent.  Your love enabled that child to be, carried him/her through those first 9 months, and created a warm home to return to.  All distinctions between donor, natural, and adopted become blurry.  All because love, not shared DNA, defines a family.

If you are interested in the PRIDE and/or Embryo Donation programs, and would like to learn more about how you could either donate or become a recipient, please contact our Donor Coordinators:
You may contact the Syracuse team by calling 800.539.9870 (toll free)
Or via email:
Pati Breh: Pbreh@cnyfertility.com
Stephanie Rogers: Srogers@cnyfertility.com
Kari Gardner: Kgardner@cnyferility.com
You may also contact Chris Gray, our Donor Coordinator located at the Albany office:  866.375.4589 (toll free) or via email: cgray@cnyfertility.com

We look forward to hearing from you, and creating the family you have always wanted.
Our donation team would be happy to further explain the cycles available to you.  Please visit our website for more information: http://cnyfertility.com/donor-gametes/

24
Mar

Pursuing a family with the Donor Embryo Program

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At CNY Fertility Center we are always looking for ways to help our patients achieve their dreams, and create the family they have always wanted.  In the past few years we have been focusing more specifically on the science of embryo donation.  We have come to realize that by facilitating the donation of surplus embryos, we are satisfying the needs of many patients and furthering the amount of treatment options available.

When a patient has completed an IVF cycle, they may have remaining embryos that they do not intend to transfer.  What to do with these embryos can sometimes be a challenging decision for our patients.  Prior to the donation program, the patient had three options; transfer the remaining embryos, keep them frozen, or dispose of them.  Now, we are able to offer a fourth option of donating the embryos to another patient.  This donation allows for another family to be created, and dream to be achieved.
While the pool of available embryos tends to be smaller than the potential donated eggs, the program has many wonderful benefits.  The egg is already fertilized, and ready to be thawed and transferred as soon as the recipient is ready.  In addition to the fertilized state of the embryo the only cycle we have to prepare is the recipient’s, which can save time and may offer a more immediate result.  Subsequently important is that the cost of an embryo donation cycle is substantially less than that of a donor egg cycle. We understand that seeking assistance for infertility can become expensive, so we try to keep costs at a minimum.
These embryos have been created with love, and the intent of either starting or expanding a family. 

If you are interested in the Embryo Donation program and would like to learn more about how you could either donate or become a recipient, please contact our Donor Coordinator, Pati Breh in the Syracuse office via email or phone:
Pati Breh
Pbreh@cnyfertility.com
800.539.9870

You are also welcome to visit our website for specific information such as costs and embryos available: http://cnyfertility.com/donor-gametes/donor-profiles/embryo-donor-profiles/
We look forward to hearing from you, and creating the family you have always wanted.