Same Sex Couples and Babies: So You’ve Decided to Conceive

November 17th, 2014 |By | News | 0 Comments

According to Census results for 2010, it is estimated that more than 111,000 same sex couples – about 17 percent – are raising nearly 170,000 biological, adopted, or step children. Among female couples, nearly 24 percent are raising a biological, adopted, or step child, compared to 10 percent of male couples. While the decision and process to have a baby for a heterosexual couple may be relatively straightforward, for same sex couples, the path to parenthood is quite different. But knowledge is power. Dr. Briana Rudick, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the Fertility Program for Female Same Sex Couples at the Center for Women’s Reproductive Care, explains this process, and the steps these couples can take in order to have their own little bundle of joy.

When is it Time to See a Fertility Specialist?

October 27th, 2014 |By | News | 0 Comments

Your marriage is secure. Your career is flourishing. Life couldn’t be more picture-perfect. So you’ve decided that now would be the perfect time to grow your family and have been trying to get pregnant…and trying…and trying again. But while it seems everyone else around you is preggers and having adorable babies, you just can’t. Friends may give you the standard responses: “It’s not always easy to get pregnant.” “Don’t give up hope.” “It will happen, so just be patient.” Yet something inside of you is murmuring, “It shouldn’t be this hard.” If you have been struggling with these emotions, maybe it’s time to see a fertility specialist.

Baby Boards and Privacy: An International Debate

October 13th, 2014 |By | News | 0 Comments

This past August, the New York Times published an article, titled “Baby Pictures at the Doctor’s? Cute, Sure, but Illegal.” The article states: “For generations, obstetricians and midwives across America have proudly posted photographs of the babies they have delivered on their office walls. But this pre-digital form of social media is gradually going the way of cigars in the waiting room, because of the federal patient privacy law known as HIPAA.”

Egg Freezing 101: What You Need to Know

September 29th, 2014 |By | News | 0 Comments

If you’re a woman 30 and older and you haven’t conceived yet – or would like to again in the future – chances are you can metaphorically hear the seconds, minutes, and even hours of your biological clock ticking away.


An Apple a Day and Other Principles That Increase Fertility

September 15th, 2014 |By | News | 0 Comments

For more than 20 years, Dr. Rachel A. McConnell, assistant professor for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, has been in practice. Time and time again, she has listened as her OB/GYN patients trust untruths about what increases – and decreases – fertility for women trying to conceive. (more…)

Study Finds Genetic Anomalies Contribute to Congenital Heart Disease

September 8th, 2014 |By | News | 0 Comments
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    Study Finds Genetic Anomalies Contribute to Congenital Heart Disease

Author Helen Keller wrote, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart.” It’s a recognizable feeling to many expecting parents: to love their unborn child before he or she enters the world. But what happens when their heart is weakened due to congenital heart disease (CHD)? Will they be able to live a long, healthy, and loving life?


Baby Boom: Understanding the CDC’s Birth Rates for Older Women

September 2nd, 2014 |By | News | 0 Comments
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    Baby Boom: Understanding the CDC’s Birth Rates for Older Women

“When are you going to have a baby?”

Chances are you will hear that question once – if not numerous times – during what is considered to be your “childbearing years.” And if you’re like many women in their late 30s and 40s who haven’t had a child, or would like to have another one in the future, the answer to this question can be worrisome as the difficulty of conceiving increases with age. But there’s good news.


A Moment in Time, a Lifetime of Privacy Issues?

August 25th, 2014 |By | News | 0 Comments

It is a visual that has been passed down from generation to generation, from the time when you were a child to now as a parent: the classic photomontage hanging in the reception area of any pediatrician’s or obstetrician’s office. On display are the framed faces of children whom the physician has cared for – oftentimes spanning the patient’s entire adolescent life – capturing fragments of time, ranging from the first moment a baby enters the world to a photo of that same child graduating from high school.


Are Donor Eggs Right for You?

August 18th, 2014 |By | Articles | 0 Comments

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) requires an egg and a sperm, of course. But if a woman is unable to produce a viable egg, she may also need to turn to egg donation. Here at CWRC, we work with such women to find just the right donor. (more…)

The Male Fertility Experience

July 14th, 2014 |By | Articles | 0 Comments

Many people assume that most fertility problems come from the female and that women are more likely than men to be the cause of not conceiving. Not so. Male factors cause or contribute to subfertility in 50% of cases, and men can be just as upset and frustrated by the process as women. (more…)