Strong IVF Families to Reunite on May 10

Parents and Children Travel from Across Upstate to Celebrate Families

May 07, 2002

Families from throughout Upstate New York will gather May 10 at the University of Rochester Medical Center for a special kind of family reunion - sharing the bond of becoming parents through in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Guests will include Joe and Donna Bruno of Macedon and their 9-month-old twin sons, Alex and Lucia Kiley Moya of Rochester and their 15-month-old daughter Elizabeth, and Ted and Peggy Portman of Buffalo who are expecting their second child in November and will make the trip with their son Benjamin, 2. They'll be among the families attending the 16th annual IVF reunion held by the Strong Fertility Center on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. in Helen Wood Hall on the University of Rochester campus. The event reunites current and former patients and their children as well as physicians, nurses and other staff from the Strong Fertility Center.

In vitro fertilization is a method of achieving pregnancy by uniting an egg and sperm for fertilization outside a woman's body. This creates an embryo that is later transferred into the woman's uterus or fallopian tube, resulting in pregnancy. Couples from Rochester and across the state seek IVF services at Strong, which has success rates 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 Fertility and Reproductive Science 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. For information about fertility services at Strong, call (585) 275-1930.

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