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By Angela Ipsen

COVID-19 Webinar

WE HAVE EXCITING NEWS!!

Due to the uncertainty COVID 19 is causing in regards to surrogacy in the US, ICRM has prepared a webinar to cover main aspects and answer people’s questions in regards to this matter.

Panelists in this event will be Dr. Slater,M.D.,Dr. Maas, M.D., Amber Valdez,Founder of Abundant Life Surrogacy, Monica Cockerille, Attorney of Idaho Fertility Law, and Carrie Eichberg, Psy.D.

Whether gathering information, strongly considering, currently in, or having completed a surrogacy journey, we hope this webinar will be of interest, no matter where you are in the process!

The webinar will be May 17th @10am (Mountain Standard Time/MST).

UPDATE: While the webinar has ended, you can still view a recording of it at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5934497869659603472

What is Surrogacy Like?

What is surrogacy like? Watch 2 families share their emotional journey:

After losing her second child, Kelsey was told not to get pregnant again. So she and her husband started the process of growing their family through gestational surrogacy. Meanwhile, Megan is done having her own children and hopes to help Kelsey become a mom once more. Follow the women and their families through the gestational surrogacy process as they try to make a baby. Check out this docuseries by Today that features a success story of ICRM! https://www.today.com/parents/what-surrogacy-2-families-share-their-emotional-journey-create-baby-t171886

Our Response to COVID-19

The Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine (ICRM) is committed to providing exceptional and safe care to all of our patients. We are continually reviewing updates and requirements from our state and local governments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to recommendations from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). As information about COVID-19 develops, we expect changes to all of these recommendations and requirements.


As of Monday, May 18, 2020, we are proceeding with the following as we have resumed normal operation:
– Continuing to utilize telehealth procedures whenever possible, especially with new and follow-up patient consultations
– Re-initializing diagnostic testing and initiation of new treatment cycles (including IUI and IVF)
– Clinic hours of 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday


We are happy to be returning to usual operations and are doing so as safely as possible.
Please be aware that clinical operations are busy, and that there may be a slight delay in communication to or from ICRM staff members.


If you are coming to the clinic, please be aware that the following procedures are being done to keep you and our staff safe:
– Any children or people other than the patient having the appointment are not permitted to come into the office
– Frequent hand washing and sanitizing of all surfaces
– Mask wearing by all ICRM staff members
– Requirement for all patients to also wear face coverings
– Change in check-in process to text upon arrival and wait in your car until your provider is ready for you
– Screening ALL staff and patients for symptoms of illness and rescheduling appointments as necessary


The most current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) information can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Again, our mission is to serve our patients and staff as safely and effectively as we can. Please reach out to your treatment coordinator with any questions and for updates.


Stay healthy and safe!
-ICRM

PBS to Air Documentary on Surrogacy: “Made in Boise”

Premiering at the Egyptian Theater in Boise on October 5, 2019, and on PBS stations on October 29, the documentary “Made in Boise” follows the surrogacy journeys of four surrogates as they give the priceless gift of carrying another’s child who cannot do it themselves.  ICRM is proud to be briefly featured in the film!  For more information on the documentary, please visit http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/made-in-boise/ .

Positive Trends in ART Practice Indicate Improved Outcomes for Mothers and Babies

The latest data from SART show that ART usage in the United States is increasing, while the multiple birth rate from ART cycles is decreasing. SART’s Preliminary Clinic Summary Report for 2016 consolidates data from 377 member clinics, performing 242,618 ART cycles, resulting in the births of 71,296 babies.

Positive trends in ART practice have resulted in improved outcomes for mothers and babies. The use of elective single embryo (eSET) transfer increased to 42.36% across all age groups in 2016 from 34.5% in 2015. In 2016, each patient age group showed both increased eSET use and a decrease in average numbers of embryos transferred per cycle from the previous year.

Fewer embryos per transfer led to a reduction in ART multiple births from 2015 to 2016. Of the babies born from 2016 cycles, 84% were singletons, 15.6% were twins, and 0.4% were triplets. These rates improve on 2015 rates, in which 80.5% babies were singletons, 19.1% twins, and 0.4% triplets.

While SART data show that ART is very effective, they also show that a female patient’s age is very important to predicting the ultimate success of a cycle in which she is using her own eggs. Final cumulative outcomes data for 2015 showed that women under age 35 had a 53.9% likelihood per cycle of having a live birth using autologous eggs; this dropped to 3.9% for women over 42. Recipient age was not relevant in donor egg cycles. The average chance of a live birth in any given fresh donor egg cycle was more than 50%, and more than 38% in a frozen donor egg cycle.

SART President, David Seifer, M.D., noted, “The yearly publication of the SART National and Clinic reports reflects our members’ commitment to providing the public with meaningful outcomes data. The improvement in outcomes reflects our members continued striving to provide the best care to their patients.”

For more information, visit www.sart.org.

New Clinic Location!

We are excited to announce that we moved our clinic and the new location is open and accepting new patients!  As of January 2018, we are now located at 1000 E. Park Boulevard, Suite 110, Boise, Idaho 83712.  Come say hello!