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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

For more information about the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center, phone 650-498-7911 or visit stanfordivf.com.  The Web site includes detailed information on clinical services, staff, financial services and pregnancy rates.  It also has a lengthy list of links to outside information sources, among them the American Fertility Association, National Embryo Donation Center and the Reproductive Genetics Institute.

Once a month, the Center hosts a presentation about reproductive options that includes talks by women and couples who have experienced those options.  For more information, call the Center or visit its Web site, or call Peggy Donnelly, director of support programs, at 650-724-6408, or email her at pdonnelly@stanfordmed.org.

The Center offers stress reduction lectures, a six-session stress reduction course and several support groups that include those for people who are considering third-party reproduction support and those who have experienced repeated pregnancy loss. Individual couples counseling is also available.