The World’s First IVF Baby Turns 40 — And She’s Now Fighting for Infertile Couples’ Rights
Article by: Jaclyn Anglis, First for Women, June 5, 2018
We can’t believe it’s been four whole decades since Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, was born in Bristol, England. But Brown, who paved the way for countless infertile couples to have babies, does indeed turn 40 on July 25, 2018. As she prepares to celebrate her birthday this summer, it’s worth taking a look back at how far we’ve come since her historic birth. Read the full article here.
Vios Fertility and the Midwest Reproductive Symposium international were honored to welcome Louise to Chicago to celebrate her birthday and learn more about her incredible journey as the world’s first IVF baby. Dr. Angeline Beltsos (far left) and Dr. Amber Cooper (second from right) celebrate with Louise at her birthday party!
Vios Fertility Institute St. Louis to Host “A Night Out” Event for Women on April 26
Event Recognizes National Infertility Awareness Week,
Supports Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support
A Night Out to: Educate. Support. Empower. on Thursday, April 26, 2018, will help women better understand their fertility health in a fun and engaging way – whether parenthood is right in sight or years down the road.
- A series of 5-minute presentations covering woman’s health, pregnancy and infertility topics followed by Q&A sessions. (See topics below).
- Blowouts and mini make-overs, a vendor market, and glass-blowing demonstrations.
- Food, drinks, friends, and good conversations.
Sperm, egg and embryo cryopreservation offers women and men the freedom and control to pause their “biological clock” until they are ready to start a family. Read some cryopreservation FAQs below and learn more about egg, sperm, and embryo freezing.
How are my eggs/embryos frozen?
Eggs and embryos are frozen in liquid nitrogen using a freezing process called vitrification. This means they are quickly frozen and thawed at several thousand degrees C per minute.
What is liquid nitrogen?
Liquid nitrogen is a colorless clear liquid at extremely low temperatures that is used to freeze eggs, embryos, and sperm. (more…)
March 15, 2018
Dear Patients and Friends of Vios Fertility Institute,
In recent news, fertility clinics in both Cleveland and San Francisco experienced a situation where storage tanks holding frozen tissue malfunctioned potentially damaging thousands of eggs and embryos. As of today, it appears that over 500 patients may have been affected between the two programs. These extremely rare occurrences are a stark reminder of the importance we place on cryogenic systems that hold frozen eggs, embryos, sperm and other tissue at IVF clinics. Read some cryopreservation FAQs here.
We share in the sadness for all those involved including patients and their team of care providers. These clinics are very well respected in the field of fertility and this reminds us that things can occur from natural disasters, technical malfunction and the element of human error. Moreover, we want to take a moment to reassure you about the safety of your eggs, embryos and/or sperm that is stored with Vios Fertility Institute. It is also important for an organization to remember what they stand for and value. At Vios, our core values are Vision, Innovation, TeamwOrk and PaSsion. (more…)
Renowned Specialist Dr. Ellen Hayes Offers More Options for Those Facing the Heartbreak of Infertility
Johnson Creek, WI. (March 6, 2018) – To help more parents-to-be in southern Wisconsin get closer to their dream of growing their family, Vios Fertility Institute is pleased to welcome Ellen Hayes, MD, FACOG to its Johnson Creek clinic, located at 540 Village Walk Lane, Unite G, Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, 53038. A board-certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) specialist, Dr. Ellen Hayes marries fertility consulting with innovative treatments to increase a patient’s chances of a healthy, successful pregnancy. (more…)
Addition of Dr. Pagani Allows Vios Fertility Institute Chicago to Treat Infertility in Both Women and Men Onsite
CHICAGO, IL. (March 2, 2018) – Since opening its doors to parents-to-be two years ago, Vios Fertility Institute Chicago has provided women with compassionate care to treat the leading causes of female infertility. With the addition of urologist Dr. Rodrigo Pagani, Vios is now able to help men become the fathers they want to be through the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of male fertility issues onsite. (more…)
Are you a reproductive age female? Are you thinking about getting pregnant?Are you taking folic acid supplementation? You should be! Let’s talk about why…
High school health class is often the last fertility health education most people receive. For many women, the main focus of their early reproductive years is to avoid pregnancy. When they’re finally ready to start a family, it isn’t always as easy as they expect. Take these 5 points, read them, share them and take control of your future. Knowledge is power. (more…)
By: Dr. Julie Rhee
Many women feel that as they reach their 20’s and 30’s that they juggle multiple goals which may include pursuing advanced education degrees and career goals, while trying to fathom the idea of starting a family. A woman’s ability to have children is very age dependent, as women are born with a finite number of eggs that they will have for the rest of their life and this egg pool gradually decreases as a woman ages and the reproductive window starts to close. To help women more easily plan their future, egg freezing (also known as oocyte cryopreservation) has become a viable option to help women better plan their future without missing out on the opportunity to build a family.
Few things feel as lonely as infertility, especially when it seems everyone around you has a growing belly or a baby in their arms.
Fertility treatments can be a long process, full of anxiety, worry, and hopefully one day, joy. If a friend is going through treatment, what she needs more than anything is your support and understanding. And one of the easiest ways to help is to choose your words wisely. While you can’t take away the heartache of infertility, you can help make it hurt just a little bit less. (more…)