The Gift of Life and Its Price

David Kreiner, MD Dave Kreiner, MD, High order Multiple Births, Innovating the Financing of Infertility, Regulation of IVF, Single Embryo Transfer 1 Comment

IVF has been responsible for 1 million babies born worldwide who otherwise without the benefit of IVF may never have been. This gift of life comes with a steep price tag that according to the NY Times article, “Gift of Life and Its Price” Sunday, October 11, 2009, hits $1 Billion per year for premature IVF babies. This price tag …

I Look Pretty Good In Scrubs

David Kreiner, MD Infertility Information 0 Comments

The experience husbands feel when going through an IVF cycle varies depending in large part on how involved they get. Not only will it help relieve much of the stress for your wife and your relationship the more involved you are but you will feel more invested in it and more in control over the outcome. Many husbands pride themselves …

Is This Stress Making Me Look Fat?

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I’m racing a 40 foot sailboat in 25 to 30 NNW winds yesterday out of Manhasset Bay. Gear was breaking, sails ripping, we broached twice….nearly did a “death roll” (when the boat gets knocked down and the tip of the mast nearly hits the water). A competitor had a man overboard; the USCG and NCPD were involved with another boat …

In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Culture

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• Sperm and eggs are placed together in specialized conditions (culture media, controlled temperature, humidity and light) in hopes of fertilization • Culture medium is designed to permit normal fertilization and early embryo development, but the content of the medium is not standardized. • Embryo development in the lab helps distinguish embryos with more potential from those with less or …

Through My Eyes: A Historical Perspective of the Birth of IVF

David Kreiner, MD Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Dave Kreiner, MD, Dr. Howard and Georgeanna Jones, Journey To The Crib Video Series, Pamela Madsen, The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine 0 Comments

Journey To The Crib – Ep. 3 – Giving Birth To IVF at the Jones Institute on Vimeo. My first day of fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology at the Jones Institute was the day the Institute moved from the old quarters at the medical school to their new location at Hoffheimer Hall.  Movers carried boxes laden heavy with text books …

New Media for Information and Communication

David Kreiner, MD Dave Kreiner, MD, High order Multiple Births, Infertility Information, Journey To The Crib Video Series, Pamela Madsen, Single Embryo Transfer 0 Comments

I was at a meeting with one of the insurance companies when I was asked, “How do you educate patients regarding the risks of multiple pregnancy?” I realized that as much as I try to counsel patients and teach them that we had limited written materials and no audio visual. It was at that point that we decided to create …

When Are You Too Old To Be a Mother?

David Kreiner, MD Age Related Infertility, Egg Donation, Infertility Information, News, Ovum Donation 0 Comments

When I saw that Maria de Carmen Bousada (the oldest mother to conceive at the time with donated eggs and the help of an IVF program) had died, my first thought was to extend my sincere condolences to her family and in particular to her two year twin boys. My heart truly went out to them. It is a great …

No More “Jon and Kate” Casualties

David Kreiner, MD Single Embryo Transfer 0 Comments

Jon and Kate Plus Eight has brought the tragedy of the high order multiple pregnancy to the American living room. This is a subject that I was first introduced to when I entered the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility in 1985 at the Jones Institute in Virginia. In those days, fertility treatments, like IVF were inefficient and we needed …

Cryopreservation of Embryos

David Kreiner, MD Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Cryopreservation, Dr. Howard and Georgeanna Jones, Infertility Information, Micro IVF, Single Embryo Transfer 0 Comments

In 1985, my mentors, Drs. Howard W. Jones Jr. and his wife Georgeanna Seegar Jones, the two pioneers of in-vitro fertilization in the USA and the entire western hemisphere, proposed the potential benefits of cryopreserving or freezing embryos following an IVF cycle. They predicted that cryopreserving embryos for future transfers would increase the overall success rate of IVF and make …