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Congratulations to Celine Dion Who Welcomes Twin Boys

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Frozen Egg Bank in affiliation with West Coast Fertility would like to congratulate Celine Dion and her husband, Rene Angelil, on the birth of their fraternal twin boys on October 23, 2010. The twin boys are healthy and weigh in at 5 lbs., 4 oz., and 5 lbs., 10 oz.

The couple achieved their first pregnancy in 2001 following an IVF treatment and decided to freeze their extra embryos for a later time. These embryos were frozen for 8 years before Celine and her husband decided to try to have a second child. After multiple IVF attempts to grow their family, they were finally successful.

 


photo courtesy of Lilly Pamberger/Celebrity Photo

 

Prior to receiving any infertility treatment, Rene was diagnosed with cancer. Before starting any chemo-radiation, he froze his semen because of his desire to one day have children with Celine. Having a family was something very important to both Celine and Rene, and with their quick thinking they were able to plan ahead and preserve their fertility.

 

Fertility Preservation is an important option for single men, women and couples who desire to fulfill professional and personal goals while putting off plans to have children. As a woman increases in age, the number of her available eggs will start to exponentially decrease. Not only will this number decrease but so will the quality of these eggs while the chances of genetic abnormalities will start to drastically increase. It is important to consider preserving your fertility when you have a higher chance of freezing better quality eggs. Fertility Preservation is also an important option to consider for patients just like Rene that have received an unfortunate diagnosis and must undergo chemo-radiation therapy. Chemotherapy is very damaging to both egg and sperm production and can result in fertility problems unless the patient considers fertility preservation prior to receiving any treatment.

 

Until very recently, patients were only given the option to freeze their embryos, but now there is a new option available. Single women now have the ability to freeze their eggs, just as a single male can freeze his sperm. Patients can choose to freeze their eggs/embryos/semen today and save this precious gift for sometime in the future. Once frozen eggs/embryos/semen can remain stored for much longer than 8 years, as in Celine and Rene’s case.

 

Watch video of Celine's Infertility Struggle on ABC News

 

Read more on Egg/Sperm Freezing www.EggFreezing.com

 

Read more about IVF procedure www.ivfbaby.com

First Frozen Egg Baby Celebrates Fifth Birthday

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Cadyn is a very special little girl. Although she turned five years old on October 6, 2010, the eggs from which she was conceived were frozen in 2001 at the West Coast Fertility Centers egg freezing program. West Coast Fertility is considered one of the leading Centers in the country specializing in the field of fertility preservation. The Center pioneered a freezing method called the Landa Freezing Technology capable of storing embryos and eggs for young patients with cancer and women who wish to extend their fertile years until they are ready to start a family.

Cadyn’s mom is a business entrepreneur who was busy establishing her career when she decided it was time to start her family. She asked the specialists at West Coast Fertility to thaw the frozen eggs and inseminate them while scientists performed In-vitro Fertilization and observed the embryos as they developed. At just the right time, the embryos were carefully placed into the uterus under ultrasound guidance. Special fertility enhancing hormones were used to prepare the uterine lining to become receptive to the embryos. After two anxious weeks of waiting, the results of the pregnancy test were ready.

Dr. David Diaz phoned the nervous mom and said, “I told Cadyn’s mother that she was about to become a medical pioneer by being one of the few women in the world to become pregnant with frozen eggs. Everyone at the center celebrated in her honor.” The pregnancy began smoothly, but in the last few weeks a dangerous obstetrical condition developed when the placenta was noted to be blocking the birth canal. Fortunately, a cesarean delivery was performed and little Cadyn became the first baby conceived from frozen eggs at West Coast Fertility Centers.

To celebrate this landmark child, the West Coast Staff arranged for a surprise birthday party for Cadyn. A catered lunch was provided and some special guests were invited. A bright and outgoing redhead, Cadyn was presented with a beautiful cake, a princess tiara and a gift certificate to her favorite store. Cadyn even posed with an ultrasound picture of herself when she was just 10 weeks into her mom’s pregnancy. Birthday wishes and lots of hugs were exchanged until mother and daughter wee off to continue the celebration at Disneyland.

Since Cadyn, West Coast has helped 70 patients conceive using the frozen egg technology. The center has a high success rate of 91% egg survival after thawing the frozen eggs. All egg freezing procedures are conducted with patient consent under a special study protocol.

Dr. Diaz and his team of scientists, Antoine La, ELD and Cris Karl, Senior Embryologist, have been invited to present their work in egg freezing at the annual American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting in Denver, Colorado in late October 2010.

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Genetic Time Bomb is Defused with Preimplantation Genetic Diagnoses (Embryo Screening): Healthy Baby “Ella” is Born

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Brian and HK are like many other young couples–bright, energetic people who wished to fulfill their lives by starting their family. The couple achieved pregnancy but sadly, five devastating pregnancies were lost, dashing the couple’s goal of having children. The couple sought help from their OB/GYN doctor who referred them to West Coast Fertility Centers in Orange County, California. View Full Press Release

At West Coast Fertility Centers, Brian and HK met with Dr. David Diaz who directs the Center’s Assisted Reproductive Technology program. Dr. Diaz carefully reviewed their medical records and discovered that both Brian and HK were carriers of an extremely rare and deadly genetic condition called Sly Syndrome with an incidence rate of 1:250,000. The most severe form of the syndrome results in deformities of the bones and heart, mental and visual problems and premature death.

In Sly Syndrome, the defective genetic code is carried in the chromosomes, tiny fragments of DNA which are passed from parents to their children. Genes carry the codes for eye color, height, intelligence and the overall health of each person. Sly Syndrome is transmitted as an Autosomal Recessive disease meaning that when each parent is a carrier, the disease is dormant. However, when two autosomal recessive genes combine, the result is a variety of offspring that may also be carriers or they may manifest the deadliest full expression of the disease.

Dr. Diaz determined that by using Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), he might help the parents using their DNA to create embryos with In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and screen them in his laboratory. Collaborating with a specialized Genetic Center, special molecular probes were custom designed to identify the deadly gene sequence. By hybridizing the probes to the genes in the embryos, the Center identified the abnormal embryos from the healthy ones. After two embryos were placed in her uterus, HK and Brian departed to their home overseas, to begin their work as teachers.

Embryonic Cell Removal for DNA Analysis

“We are fortunate to have an awesome team of scientists, nurses and staff at West Coast Fertility,” says Dr. Diaz. The fertility team has used PGD to help many couples select for healthy embryos when conventional methods are not sufficiently precise.

The center has an “in-house” PGD laboratory where strict quality control can be maintained by the Center’s scientists. The tissue samples are examined on site avoiding risky transport of the delicate material. This in-house capability enables a rapid 24 hour turnaround time to obtain the PGD results promptly and efficiently. The results are reviewed individually with the parents who are counseled and are given precise follow-up instructions.

Optimism began building two weeks later when the pregnancy test was positive! However, caution prevailed until an amniocentesis was performed by removing fluid surrounding the baby at 4 months into the pregnancy. To the couple’s delight, they were blessed with a healthy baby girl, free of the deadly disease. Overjoyed, the proud father contacted the West Coast Fertility team to share the couple’s joy and share their happiness.

“Dear Dr. Diaz and Staff. Here is a picture of our family. You can add it to the “wall of fame.” Seriously, we are very happy and thankful for your help. We look forward to working with you again, perhaps in February.” Sincerely, Brian HK and Ella

The Happy Parents Brian and HK with their Healthy Baby Ella

Who May Benefit from PGD? Embryos that carry certain chromosomal or genetic conditions may fail to initiate implantation to the uterine lining. Other outcomes may be a pregnancy loss or the birth of a child with physical, mental, and learning disabilities. PGD is useful for patients who have other types of reproductive medical problems.

These are some examples of when PGD is recommended to patients:

– Recurrent miscarriages (usually more than 2)

– Women 35 and older who produce 6 or more embryos with IVF

– Family history of chromosomal conditions or history of X-linked disease

– Unexplained infertility

– 2 or more unsuccessful cycles

It is well known that fertility in general decreases with maternal age. Research has confirmed that genetic abnormalities also increase with advancing maternal age. A major cause of low implantation is that many embryos are chromosomally abnormal and they seldom implant or get to deliver. PGD allows for the selection of the best quality embryos which are then transferred during IVF, therefore reducing the incidence of a chromosomally abnormal offspring.

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An Egg Freezing Miracle! How Baby Emilee Faith was Conceived? View Her Story Through Pictures.

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

August 2009: Stephanie and Rob are so delighted to be pregnant from her own frozen eggs and is seen here proudly sharing her first baby ultrasound pictures. Shown are Stephanie’s Dad, Dr. Diaz, Stephanie’s Mom, Stephanie and her husband Rob.

Stephanie, Rob and the future grandparents are seen here touring the egg freezing laboratory with Dr. David Diaz and Antoine La (Embryology Lab Director).

For personal reasons, other patients like Stephanie and Rob request freezing surplus eggs instead of embryos. This helps to avoid the difficult decision of disposing surplus embryos.

Rob, Baby Emilee Faith with Dr. Diaz, Stephanie and Nurse Practitioner Joan

Fast forward to August 2010: The happy day has arrived as Stephanie and Rob introduce us to their precious baby daughter-Emilee Faith.

Dr. Diaz, new arrival Emilee Faith and Nurse Joan

"Dear Dr. Diaz. Rob and I are so very grateful for everything that you did for us. We cannot express our gratitude enough! You and your wonderful, caring staff have become our extended family. Our dream of becoming parents finally came true on April 16, 2010, with the birth of our beautiful baby girl, Emilee Faith (all 10 pounds, 5 oz. and 22 inches of her!!) She is our miracle baby! It feels like yesterday when Joan called us with the big news, letting us know that our third and final IVF attempt had worked. What and amazing process and journey! We hope and pray our success story will inspire other couples whose dream of parenthood has not yet been realized." Sincerely, Stephanie and Rob