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Here we go again: The politically correct but scientifically mistaken attack on twin pregnancies in association with IVF

It started in Europe but now has crossed the Atlantic. It has become the "politically correct" thing to say in the U.S. : "Twin pregnancies after infertility treatments, especially in association with IVF, represent an undesired treatment outcome and, therefore, should be avoided." The Economist, usually a well-informed publication when reporting on medical developments, fell into this trap in... Read More

Miscarriage – The Loss, Pain and Moving On

Now that my “IVF 101” series reached embryo transfer and the “two-week wait,” I wanted to touch on something that hopefully you won’t have to go through after a successful pregnancy via IVF: a miscarriage. The pain from a loss due to miscarriage is unlike anything like you might experience in your life – and it’s a unique experience to one’s infertility, or rather... Read More

Magda Cartveli, RN!

Magda Cartveli, one of our dedicated clinical coordinators, is now Magda Cartveli, RN. After lots of hard work, she just passed the NCLEX exam. Now that she is a Registered Nurse, Magda was also promoted to the Clinical Supervisor position. We are sure she will excel in her new role! Congratulations, Magda! Everyone at CHR is proud of... Read More

IVF 101: Sara’s Guide to IVF (Part V)

In my last post, I described the last major step in the IVF process: The Embryo Transfer. What’s next? Well, it’s time for the Two Week Wait. So congratulations to me. I made it through the weeks of intense medication, doctor visits and overall anxiety of the IVF process. So now what? Is it my time to just sit back and plan for nine months from now with the hopes of becoming a mother?... Read More

CHR Guest Blogger to host infertility event

CHR guest blogger Sara, of Laughing at the I-Word, is hosting a meet and greet infertility support event in New York City on Wednesday, June 25th at 7 p.m. When it comes to coping with infertility, talking with those who can relate can be a great relief. Regardless of where they are on their journey, anyone who has ever struggled with infertility is encouraged to attend. The event will... Read More

IVF 101: Sara’s Guide to IVF (Part IV)

In my last post I described the part of the my IVF cycle known as The Retrieval. This post will pick up from there and describe the next step: Embryo Transfer. After retrieval, the eggs and sperm start doing their “thing” in the lab and hopefully embryos start developing via fertilization. Developing means the embryo cells are dividing many times to a point where it is nearly ready to... Read More

Dr. Gleicher invited to join PLoS ONE editorial board

CHR’s Medical Director and Chief Scientist Norbert Gleicher, MD has recently been offered a position on the editorial board of PLoS ONE, an online scientific research publication. Launched in December 2006, PLoS ONE is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that features original research from all disciplines within science and medicine. The journal has a mission to make “the world’s... Read More

IVF 101: Sara’s Guide to IVF (Part III)

You may remember my last post, in which I described the midst of my IVF cycle, mastering  the administration of the HCG shot (it wasn’t that bad!) and  waiting for the big day: The Retrieval. The retrieval day was both nerve-wracking and exciting. This was the moment that I had been working so hard for these past few days. All the shots and pills that I took were all leading up to... Read More

IVF 101: Sara’s Guide to IVF (Part II)

In my last post I described the early stages of the process of an IVF cycle. Now it’s time to move on to Part II­­ – the midst of an IVF cycle. By this point, I had mastered the art of injections and had my medication administration down to a science. I was super organized, with a gigantic to-go pillbox filled and ready, and a bathroom that looked like a hospital with injections and... Read More

CHR family featured in the New York Times!

At CHR, we meet with couples every day who have long dreamt of having a child of their own. We love that we can help them make that dream a reality, and we never get enough stories of our patients after they leave CHR. Recently, we heard from one of the CHR families, with surprising news that a CHR baby made an appearance on the New York Times. Referred by a friend, Krystal and Claudia came... Read More