CDC Ranks Western Fertility Institute Number 1 with the Highest IVF Success Rates in the United States
Western Fertility Institute Appears in British Vogue
Western Fertility Institute has been featured in numerous publications over the last year. You can see our patients featured in magazines and documentaries all over the world. It makes perfect sense to see the global media, as our patients travel in from all over the world every day. With some of the highest success rates in the United States and California, and world renowned embryologists we are thrilled to share that we have added 10 new team members in 2018.
Perhaps one of our greatest surprises was being featured in British Vogue as the magazine takes a closer look at surrogacy. Western Fertility Institute is a very special clinic allowing intended parents the luxury of being able to handle egg donation selection, surrogacy selection, and full medical care onsite. The journey to parenthood can be a confusing one and Western Fertility gives all patients VIP service and a designated case manager (third party coordinator) to help them through the entire journey. Read our feature in British Vogue here.
The Western Fertility Institute at Men Having Babies in San Francisco
On Saturday, before the beginning of the conference, the staff met an Australian couple. WFI helped them to complete their family. The couple has two little daughters, and one of them was very little, she was just born 6 days before.
An interesting panel opened the Conference on Saturday: “Is surrogacy right for you? Overview and personal stories”. It was divided in two sections: during the first section, two fathers and two surrogates discussed their journey; during the second one, a surrogate’s daughter and a gay couples’ daughter, discussed their story as well the beauty of their lives. It was fascinating for the WFI team to listen to their point of view, as well as all the other families, fathers, surrogates and children. This moment was also a huge opportunity for all the intended fathers who were attending the conference: it is quite different to listen to a story of surrogacy directly from people who have lived these kinds of experiences. Indeed, at the end of the panel, some IFs had asked questions regarding how to manage the relationship between parties.
Likewise, the second panel was quite amazing too: “A mindful look at surrogacy – Attitudes and Ethics”. Ron Poole-Dayan, surrogacy father and Executive Director of MHB, was the panelist of this section. The panelists discussed about the concerns about exploitation and commodification in surrogacy and on the experiences of surrogates. They highlighted that surrogacy cannot be considered as a simply transaction, because it involves emotions and feelings from all the people involved in the journey.
The common thread of the panel was the ethics: Ron suggested to have a look on the document entitled, “A Framework for Ethical Surrogacy for Intended Parents” visible on http://www.menhavingbabies.org/advocacy/ethical-surrogacy/
After dinner, the organizers projected a surrogacy movie “Baby Steps”. The Director and star of the movie presented and commented on it. It has showed the potential risks on Surrogacy as transactions, how it is performed in other countries.
On Sunday the 14th, the conference started with a medical section: “Medical Aspects of Surrogacy”. Dr. Kumar had a speech, “From Sperm to Life”, in which he presented how the sperm is treated after the collection, which analysis are performed on the semen, and the difference between fresh and frozen cycle. After lunch, it occurred the EXPO Parenting itself; our staff was there to answer all the questions of the Intended Fathers.
Every information we collected is important for the Western Fertility Institute. The stories heard from intended fathers, surrogates and egg donors allow us to reflect on the path we observe daily; especially, on the difficulties of the route, on the importance of intertwining relationships between all the parties involved in the path, on the need to create a fertile environment in which to welcome the life experiences of men and women who undertake these paths. We will work hard to improve our practices and offer our patients the best care ever.
Thank You to Men Having Babies for having constructed such an amazing conference!
Learn More About Optimizing Natural Fertility
Firstly, what does fertility mean? Fertility is defined as the ability to produce a child. In general, it occurs in the first few months of unprotected intercourse. It has been estimated that 80% of couples conceive in the first 6 months of attempting pregnancy. In women in their 30s the fertility is decreased by about half compared with women in their 20s. The chance of conception decreases significative after 35s. Male fertility does not appear affected at the same age of the female, but there is definitely a decrease after 50s. The effects of age are more pronounced in women.
Now, what is infertility? Infertility is defined as a disease. It is a failure to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months (or more) or regular unprotected intercourse (or exposure to sperm).
Fertility window: is defined at the 6-day interval ending on the day of ovulation. To estimate the interval of maximum fertility there are several things people can do, like analysis of intermenstrual intervals, ovulation predictor kits or cervical mucus scores. It has been estimated that intercourse is most likely to result in pregnancy when it occurs within the 3 days, ending of the day of ovulation. Notice that, cycle fecundability increase with the frequency of intercourse during the fertile window.