Press Releases

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April 10, 2009

San Francisco, CA – March 2009 – Pacific Fertility Center is pleased to announce its 50th child delivered after using preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). Recent media attention about “designer babies” mentioned PGD and PGS. The use of this science for such “futuristic” action should not diminish the value and purpose for which it is used today. Pacific Fertility Center is proud to have been a pioneer in the true science and beneficial use of PGD and PGS .The value of these tools, as a way to help families build healthy futures, should be at the forefront of our medical breakthroughs. PGD has enabled Pacific Fertility Center to extend its goal of building families, one healthy baby at a time.

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March 11, 2009

San Francisco , CA – March 2009 – The recent delivery of octuplets in Los Angeles was a dramatic outcome of fertility therapy, but the drama should not obscure the risk of high-order multiple pregnancy. As we all know, high-order multiple pregnancy is not a desirable outcome, with risk for mother and babies. With good fertility care and good clinical judgment, such risks are mostly preventable.

Pacific Fertility Center has been taking steps to minimize the risk of multiple pregnancy for several years. Balancing high pregnancy rates with low pregnancy risk improves pregnancy outcomes; achieving that balance and reducing the risk of multiple pregnancy is our goal.

Some steps Pacific Fertility Center takes to reduce multiple pregnancy risk include:

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October 23, 2007

San Francisco Doctor to Receive Family Building Award from American Fertility Association

San Francisco, CA – October 18, 2007 ‐ Dr. Philip E. Chenette, a Medical Director at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, will be honored, along with five others, with the Family Building Award at the American Fertility Association’s glamorous Kokopelli Ball in New York City on November 5, 2007. Brenda Strong of the cast of Desperate Housewives will present the award.

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October 04, 2006

San Francisco, CA – October 4, 2006 – Fertility physician Isabelle Ryan, MD and attorney Deborah Wald, Esq. will present “Establishing Parentage: Legal Issues for Lesbians & Gay Men Using Assisted Reproductive Technologies” at the 24th Annual Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) Conference. The presentation will discuss important legal and medical implications for gay men and lesbians who are pursuing assisted reproductive technology to create families. Dr. Ryan and Ms. Wald will speak on Thursday, October 12, 2006 from 9:45 am - 10:45 am. The conference takes place October 11-14, 2006 at San Francisco’s Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel.

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October 15, 2004

San Francisco, CA – October 15, 2004 - Pacific Fertility Center is now participating in an important program that helps protect the fertility of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Fertile Hope, an advocacy organization that raises awareness about fertility issues for cancer patients, is partnering with carefully selected clinics throughout the US in a program called Sharing Hope. The program will be open to those who have been diagnosed with cancer, want to preserve their fertility and have limited financial means. Sharing Hope offers qualifying cancer patients significant discounts for fertility-preservation treatments, such as embryo freezing and egg freezing before undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery.