Family begins at Maimonides
Maimonides Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Services provide superior and comprehensive fertility treatment and medicine. For more than 25 years, our endocrinology and infertility specialists have been diagnosing and treating female and male infertility, including providing specialized care for older women.
What is in vitro fertilization?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is fertilization that occurs outside of the body, in a laboratory dish, with mature eggs that we remove from the ovaries and place with specially prepared sperm. Several days later, we transfer the resulting embryos directly into the uterus. In many cases, implantation of 1 or more of these embryos into the uterine lining occurs, resulting in pregnancy. If more embryos are obtained than can safely be transferred to the uterus, we freeze or cryopreserve them for later use. Some embryos may not survive thawing, but there is no increased risk of congenital abnormalities when pregnancy does occur.
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The fertility treatments at Maimonides include all aspects of IVF, including:
- Artificial insemination with husband’s sperm
- Donor egg program
- Genetic counseling
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing)
- Ovulation induction
- Preimplantation genetic diagnosis
- Psychological services
- Therapeutic donor insemination
Who qualifies for egg donation?
Women whose ovaries do not function well due to premature ovarian failure (early menopause), naturally occurring menopause, or repeated failure to conceive with other fertility treatments, including IVF with their own eggs, may qualify for IVF with donated eggs. Our donor egg program meets the highest standards and criteria set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. We screen all donors for genetic and familial illnesses, general and reproductive health, and psychological stability. Given the high demand for donor eggs and our rigorous screening process, it usually takes several months to receive a donor-recipient match.
Who can donate eggs?
Egg donors are healthy, non-smoking women between the ages of 21 to 33 years. To be an anonymous donor for our program, you must live locally in the New York area. Although egg donation is completely anonymous, some information about the donor is provided to the recipient couple, such as height, hair color, eye color, and ethnic background. No identifying information or photographs are provided to the recipient couple. If you are the donor, you will not know the identities of the recipient couple, or whether your donation achieved a pregnancy.
Becoming an egg donor can take several months. To apply to our program, please contact our coordinator Katherine Mah at (718) 283-6588
Genetic counseling services for patients undergoing IVF
Genetic tests identify inherited conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or Tay-Sachs disease, or chromosomal problems that commonly affect women aged 35 or older and could endanger a pregnancy or baby. We offer genetic counseling to provide couples with the support and information they need to make an informed choice about whether to undergo such testing.
Maimonides—bringing you exceptional care
Our obstetricians and gynecologists are experts in women’s healthcare and provide a wide range of services for all women in and outside of Brooklyn. We are committed to providing high-quality care to all expecting mothers. We look forward to being a part of welcoming your baby into the world.