Making Miracles: Perfecting Techniques Overcomes Obstacles


Melissa Michelson holds son Zachary and her husband, Christopher Gardner shoulders son Joshua for a family portrait made possible through advanced reproductive medicine care.

Scar tissue from colon surgery prevented Melissa Michelson from becoming pregnant without the assistance of in vitro fertilization.  More than 3 million babies have been born through IVF since the technique was introduced in the late 1970s.

We try to look at everyone as an individual. We know this is never going to be an easy process.

-Lynn Westphal, MD, Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center

Dr. Barry Behr's research increased the odds of selecting embryos with the best chance of success.

After first-born Joshua came along, his younger brother Zachary, soon followed.

I knew I could be pregnant. My brain knew it. My body knew it. A lot of the anxiety wasn't there any more.

-Melissa Michelson, Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center