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  1. Brown Fertility Announces New Physician, Dr. Lori Hollins

    JACKSONVILLE, FL (January 8, 2018) – Brown Fertility is pleased to announce the addition of a new physician, Lori Hollins, M.D. who begins with the practice in January.

    Dr. Hollins joins Brown Fertility with over 20 years of experience and is an acknowledged leader within the field of Reproductive Endocrinology. Dr. Lori Hollins is dually board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology.

    “We are excited to welcome Dr. Lori Hollins into the Brown Fertility family. She comes to us with an incredible amount of infertility experience from the Cleveland Clinic and Northern Ohio area that will undoubtedly enhance our practice.  Dr. Lori Hollins brings a warm heart and compassion for infertility patients and we welcome her in January of 2018”, said Dr. Samuel E. Brown.

    Dr. Hollins a graduate of Brown University and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the MacDonald Women’s Hospital/University Hospitals and Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

    She completed her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Wayne State University School of Medicine/Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. At Hutzel, she won the Fellow’s research award for best research project.  Dr. Hollins has experience in academic medicine and private practice and has conducted and published research on Women’s Health.

    In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family (mother to a daughter and a son), traveling, writing, reading, swimming, biking, and storytelling.

    New Appointments with Dr. Hollins will be available in 2018. Please call us at 904.260.0352 or request an appointment online.

    About Brown Fertility: With more than 30 years of combined experience and the management of more than 7,000 IVF cycles, Dr. Samuel E. Brown, Dr. Rafael A. Cabrera, Dr. Bruce Rose, and Dr. Lori Hollins are dedicated to Conceiving Miracles™. Brown Fertility offers a fully comprehensive array of fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization, egg donation and artificial insemination and is home to Florida’s most state-of-the-art IVF center, which produces some of the highest pregnancy rates in the country. Brown Fertility has earned a reputation for not only producing excellent outcomes and offering affordable treatment options, but also for providing patients with the one-on-one attention and the compassionate care they deserve. Visit www.BrownFertility.com for more information.

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    Media Contact:

    Nicole Haggerty, Director of Marketing

    nahaggerty@brownfertility.com

    904.260.0352

  2. Fertility Preservation

    Cryopreservation of eggs (oocytes), embryos and sperm allow patients to protect their future fertility. The two main reasons patients choose fertility preservation are for medical necessity and social or lifestyle choices.

    Medical Necessity

    Patients who are set to undergo certain cancer treatments are also faced with making a decision about fertility. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and some surgeries can endanger reproductive health and cause irreversible damage in both female and male patients. The American Cancer Society suggests healthcare providers counsel their patients on the risk of infertility and the assisted reproductive strategies that are available to patients as soon as possible after initial cancer diagnosis.

    Lifestyle

    Many women are delaying motherhood for several reasons including personal, education, career or not having yet found a suitable partner. While women are empowered to put off having a child until a later age, the natural age-related decline in female fertility still persists. According to the Center for Disease Control “there were more than nine times as many first births to mothers 35 and older than there were in the 1970s.”

    Fertility begins to decline for women in their 30s and even more rapidly after age 35. Fertility preservation is a viable option for women who have decided ahead of time that they will wait until a later age to start their families.

    Treatment Options

    Sperm cryopreservation has been around for several decades and is known to be viable after being frozen for an indefinite number of years. Patients can either provide a sample to be frozen or sperm can be retrieved via a surgical sperm retrieval (i.e. PESA, TESE, MESA). Cryopreserved sperm can be later thawed and used in both Intrauterine Insemination and In Vitro Fertilization procedures without causing problems with the sperm of future offspring.

    Female patients have the option of either freezing their eggs through Oocyte Cryopreservation or freezing embryos (fertilized eggs). Eggs are retrieved from the ovary and either frozen, or fertilized and then frozen. As of 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has declared that egg freezing is no longer experimental and have announced that egg freezing is now an acceptable fertility treatment. Due to scientific advancements such as vitrification (extremely rapid freezing of oocytes and embryos), pregnancy rates as well as health of delivered babies have proven oocyte cryopreservation to be a safe and viable option.

    Through partnership with the non-profit organization Livestrong Cancer Program, Brown Fertility is able to offer reduced cost fertility preservation treatments.

    Conclusion

    Whether a patient defers parenthood by choice or due to their fertility being at risk, there are options available at Brown Fertility to meet the patient’s needs. Learn more about fertility preservation by calling either our Jacksonville or Orlando office or by completing our online contact form.

  3. Conceiving Miracles through Single Embryo Transfer

    At Brown Fertility, our goal is not only to conceive miracles, but also to do our best to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Single Embryo Transfer (SET), a procedure in which one embryo, selected from the couple’s total number of embryo’s retrieved, is placed in the uterus. Embryos selected for SET may come from the couple’s current fresh IVF cycle or from a previous batch of cryopreserved embryos. Couples often want to increase their chances of a successful pregnancy by transferring multiple embryos at a time. However, today’s newer methods allow our team to identify the strongest embryos for transfer resulting in success rates that are comparable to and safer than a multiple embryo transfer as performed by most fertility centers.

    What are the risks associated with multiple births?

    Multiple births increase the risk of pre-term delivery, which can lead to low birth weight, developmental disabilities and delays. For the mother, multiples often require delivery by caesarean section (C-section). This can be accompanied by other health complications and is a longer and harder recovery for a mother now responsible for the care of multiple infants. At times, not all multiples can be sustained in the uterus until birth, which could lead to a medical necessity for fetal reduction. This process can be physically and emotionally taxing on the mother. Candidates for SET will benefit by avoiding these risks.

    Who is a Candidate for SET?

    You might be a good candidate for SET if you are younger than 38 and produce good quality eggs and embryos. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) established guidelines suggesting a maximum of 1 to 2 embryos transferred for a female under the age of 35. This maximum is reduced to a single embryo transfer for that age group if the transfer is done on a day 5 blastocyst. At Brown Fertility, 95% of our embryos are transferred as a day 5 blastocyst. Thus, a majority of our fresh transfers are done using SET. These guidelines are for patients with a “favorable prognosis” and take into consideration not only the age of the female but other pertinent health factors.

    What are the success rates for SET?

    At Brown Fertility, we uphold the ASRM guidelines, placing one embryo in patients 35 or younger during a fresh cycle and one to two embryos during a frozen one. Our success rates for this age group are consistently higher than the National average at an average of 80%. Some months our fresh IVF cycles see rates of 100%!

    While we are very proud of these numbers and feel great joy in helping couples achieve their dreams of starting a family, our team will never prioritize success rates over the safety of our patients. Single Embryo Transfer is one of the many ways we are able to control the health and wellness of our couples and their future miracles.

     

    About Brown Fertility: With more than 30 years of combined experience and the management of more than 7,000 IVF cycles, Dr. Samuel E. Brown, Dr. Rafael A. Cabrera and Dr. Bruce Rose are dedicated to Conceiving Miracles™. Brown Fertility offers a fully comprehensive array of fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization, egg donation and artificial insemination and is home to Florida’s most state-of-the-art IVF center, which produces some of the highest pregnancy rates in the country. Brown Fertility has earned a reputation for not only producing excellent outcomes and offering affordable treatment options, but also for providing patients with the one-on-one attention and the compassionate care they deserve. Visit www.BrownFertility.com for more information.

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    Media Contact:

    Nicole Haggerty, Director of Marketing

    nahaggerty@brownfertility.com

    904.260.0352

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