Carolina Conceptions passes their Bi-Annual CAP inspection!
The goal of the CAP (College of American Pathologists) Laboratory Accreditation Program is to improve patient safety by advancing the quality of pathology and laboratory services through education, standard setting, and ensuring laboratories meet or exceed regulatory requirements. Since opening in 2006, Carolina Conceptions has been awarded CAP accreditation and becomes part of an exclusive group of laboratories worldwide that have met the highest standards of excellence.
New technology allows couples to experience higher pregnancy rates with IVF
Over the last several years Carolina Conceptions has been offering embryo biopsy to rule out chromosomal abnormalities and genetic diseases in future pregnancies. One of the downsides of the technique was that biopsies were performed after 3 days of embryo culture, which was later discovered to limit the ability of the embryo to undergo normal development. This actually reduced the chance of pregnancy, often erasing any advantage that was provided by the biopsy procedure.
Now Carolina Conceptions can perform the biopsy on embryos during day 5 of culture and transfer chromosomally normal embryos to the uterus as early as the next afternoon. By postponing the day of biopsy, the embryos are less stressed by the procedure because there are more cells due to the extra time to develop. Furthermore, several cells from the embryo are biopsied on day 5, rather than a single cell on day 3. By examining several cells, we greatly improve the ability to get accurate results for the genetic analysis of each embryo. Recent studies have shown that embryo development is not compromised by a day 5 biopsy, and the subsequent transfer of the genetically normal embryos is much more likely to result in a healthy pregnancy.
In the past 12 months, Carolina Conceptions has completed this procedure in 19 couples and 16 have conceived. More than half of the patients who have had this procedure are older than 35, which is typically associated with much lower pregnancy rates when IVF without biopsy is performed. Because only 50% of the embryos we have biopsied are chromosomally normal, we can now be sure to only use embryos believed to be genetically normal.
There are many patients who may benefit from day 5 embryo biopsy. Women of advanced maternal age (>35 yo), for example, are at increased risk for chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome. Also, some women who have had repeated miscarriages have been found to have chromosomal problems. Couples who are known to be at risk for having a child with a genetic disease may also greatly benefit from the procedure, by preventing pregnancy affected with the disease. As embryo biopsy becomes more widespread, the rate of healthy live births from IVF will likely increase. (Updated December, 2012)
Carolina Conceptions passes unannounced FDA inspections with flying colors
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) oversees IVF clinics in the United States and their role in egg, sperm, and embryo donation programs through a series of stringent requirements for screening, testing, and handling donor tissue. FDA inspectors make impromptu visits to all practices that perform tissue donation to ensure that the FDA regulations are followed properly. Since opening in August of 2006, Carolina Conceptions has now passed two unannounced inspections.
“Many Women Underestimate Fertility Clock’s Clang” (NPR Article and Podcast)
A new survey finds a big disconnect when it comes to fertility. The age women think they can conceive a baby is far different from what their bodies are actually capable of. This poses an increasing problem, as more women wait longer than ever to have children.
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A Carolina Conceptions Family Makes the News
Although Carolina Conceptions always does our best to avoid multiples, we are proud to announce that one of our patients that gave birth to triplets is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the heaviest triplets at birth. The triplets were born at 35 weeks 2 days by caesarean section at WakeMed Hospital, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She had one girl and 2 boys. The first born (the girl) weighed in at 6 lbs 4.88 ounces, while the second arrived at 7 lbs 2.99 ounces. The third baby born weighed 5 lbs 3.6 ounces, for a combined weight of 18 lbs 11.48 ounces. Congratulations to the entire family!
Carolina Conceptions’ Egg Donation program featured on WRAL news
WRAL recently did a story on the increased interest in tissue donation due to the state of the economy. The story features Dr. John Park and an egg donor from Carolina Conceptions. Egg donors are compensated for their participation in the program.
Carolina Conceptions Celebrates 2000 Pregnancies!
RALEIGH – Tuesday, July 19, 2011
It was less than 5 years ago when the first blood test came out as a “positive” HCG. (Meaning our first pregnant patient!) We have that lab slip framed…now, we have reached 2000 pregnancies to celebrate with our patients at Carolina Conceptions.
This is a tribute to the Carolina Conceptions team, our referring physicians, and patients who have confidence in us. “Thank you” to everyone who has made this special occasion possible.
Helping Create Families; Raleigh couple delivers twin boys after IVF
RALEIGH – Friday, February 4, 2011
For many couples, trying to get pregnant is fraught with frustration and heartache. In the past, many couples just accepted their childlessness as their lot in life, but now there are possible solutions.
Dedicated to “making families a reality,” the doctors at Carolina Conceptions diagnose the problem and then offer a treatment that could include on-site in vitro fertilization, ovulation induction by way of an oral medication or injectable hormone, reproductive surgery to remove fibroids or ovarian cysts or to open blocked fallopian tubes, or even surrogacy.
Safety and costs for third party reproduction outside of the U.S: Carolina Conceptions Responds to the Wall Street Journal Article
Infertile couples competing for rare resources such as human eggs and surrogates are vulnerable. The desire to have a child motivates couples and individuals to consider alternatives inherent with personal and financial risk.
“Assembling the Global Baby” (WSJ Dec. 11, 2010), suggests that bearing an offspring in India is more cost-effective than similar treatment in the United States. Although it may be more exotic, it is certainly not medically or legally safer.
Pregnancy after Tubal Ligation: The New Way Women Are Conceiving Without Surgery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Raleigh, North Carolina
According to the CDC, more than 650,000 women a year elect to undergo tubal sterilization, some of whom will eventually regret their decision due to a life change or simply a change of heart. While the obvious solution to some might be tubal reversal surgery, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is an option that an increasing number of patients are choosing.
Sister Gives the Gift of Life by Donating Eggs to Breast Cancer Survivor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Raleigh, North Carolina After being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34 and undergoing months of aggressive chemotherapy, Teri Critcher was unsure if she would be able to start the family she had always dreamed of until her sister, Niki, offered to donate her eggs…
Carolina Conceptions Awarded Prestigious Honor for Exceptional Customer Service by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Raleigh, North Carolina
Carolina Conceptions was honored with the First Citizens Bank Exceptional Customer Experience Award by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce in a ceremony held Tuesday, May 4, 2010…(read more-90k Adobe PDF)
Dr. William Meyer: Embryo Biopsy
Dr. Grace Couchman: PGD
Study Reveals Increased Success Rates at Carolina Conceptions
A study by Purafil, an air filtration company, reveals that Carolina Conceptions’ IVF pregnancy rates showed a significant increase shortly after the installation of a Purafil air filtration system. In a matter of months, the rate of successful pregnancies in the IVF lab rose from 50 percent to an incredible 75 percent average. For more details, see the pdf of the case study at the Purafil site.