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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


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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.

View the press release in its entirety by clicking here.