Strong IVF Families to Reunite on June 1
May 21, 2001
It won’t be your typical summer family reunion. On the guest list are more than 550 children. And though many of their parents have never met, they share a special bond.
They are couples who were able to experience the joys of parenthood thanks to the wonder of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Former patients and their children will gather for Strong Infertility and IVF Center’s 15th Family Reunion on June 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Helen Wood Hall on the University of Rochester Medical Center campus.
In vitro fertilization is a method of achieving pregnancy by fertilizing an egg and sperm outside a woman’s body. This creates an embryo that is later transferred into the woman’s uterus or fallopian tube, resulting in pregnancy. Success rates for IVF at Strong are among the highest in the country for women over age 35, and surpass other fertility clinics in upstate New York.
More than six million couples in the United States experience infertility each year. “We want the public and especially anyone facing infertility to know that it affects millions of families and that there are more options to treat infertility today than ever before,” said Vivian Lewis, M.D., director of the division of reproductive endocrinology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital.
“Our annual reunion is a tangible way to see that there is hope for couples who may feel hopeless as they struggle to start a family. And, it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with so many of our families and for them to visit with one another and share their experiences.
“We find that many couples don’t realize the number of options available to help them achieve pregnancy and the tremendous amount of hope we can offer to couples who dream of having a family but are dealing with infertility,” Lewis added.
Established in 1984, the Strong Infertility and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Center has helped many couples have babies and has worked with countless others to cope with the emotional aspects of infertility. Last year alone, the Center cared for over 3,000 patients.