IVF education session to be held April 22

By on April 18, 2014

UAB Medicine’s in vitro fertilization program has experienced record success in recent years, and the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility has scheduled an educational program to share the latest advances in reproductive health and answer questions.

“In Vitro Fertilization 101: Technology and Family Building” will be held Tuesday, April 22, in Room 5324 of the UAB Women and Infants Center. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:45 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m., followed by a Q&A session expected to conclude by 7 p.m. Parking is free in the deck at Fourth Avenue South and 18th Street (please bring ticket for validation), and there is no charge to attend. Couples are asked to register online or call 205-996-2229 for more information.

Participants will include G. Wright Bates, M.D., director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Janet McLaren Bouknight, M.D., IVF director, and Mamie McLean, M.D., the division’s newest faculty member. They will provide an overview of normal fertility and steps to optimize natural pregnancy, highlight causes of infertility and basic treatments, and discuss the use of IVF technology.

The latest IVF technology includes genetic testing of embryos and the move toward transferring single embryos to avoid multiple births.

The session also will include a review of the state-of-the-art facilities and other diverse treatment options available through UAB’s IVF program, which recently achieved an all-time high in its success rate.

In 2012, UAB opened a new IVF unit featuring the most advanced incubation and air filtration technology. Last year it launched the Fertility Care Network, a partnership with several OB/GYN clinics across the state to make advanced fertility treatments available to all Alabama families.

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