Women’s Hospital adding facility for in vitro fertilization procedure

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— Keyna Campbell and her husband, Jakob, wanted children. But due to many unknowns, they could not conceive naturally.

“The thing about fertility is that there’s not really a diagnosis of anything,” Keyna Campbell said. “What we’ve been told is that with my husband and I, we … I don’t know if either one of us has an issue, but something isn’t clicking right.”

In March 2010, Campbell and her husband saw a doctor and met the nurses at the Women’s Hospital. After three failed attempts at intrauterine insemination, they had a successful in vitro fertilization in August 2010 at Indianapolis hospital, and they have a son, Carter, who is now 19 months old.

The couple plan to try for a second child at the Women’s Hospital which will have an open house 4-7 p.m. today in Suite 2600 on the second floor of the hospital to showcase the opening of Boston IVF at The Women’s Hospital.

Paired with Boston IVF, the Women’s Hospital is now offering a local option for couples to have in vitro fertilization at the Warrick County facility.

In vitro fertilization can be used when a couple has difficulty conceiving. The procedure uses the man’s sperm and the woman’s egg and unite them to produce an embryo. The embryo is then implanted in the woman, where it can hopefully attach resulting in pregnancy.

It doesn’t always work, said Woman’s Hospital Nurse Colleen Davis.

Boston IVF Medical Director, Dr. Michael Alper said he is excited to have a place for in vitro fertilization in Southwestern Indiana.

“It’s difficult to get places outsides of major cities,” he said. “Up until now they had to drive to Indianapolis or St. Louis, which is inconvenient with patients.

He said 4 million to 6 million children are estimated to have been conceived by in vitro procedure.

“One in every six couples have a fertility problem,” he said.

The new facility has one procedure room for in vitro fertilization.

“Starting in July, we will have one anchor physician and Boston IVF will bring three to four different physicians, and they will be circulating,” said Melissa Gough, Women’s Hospital’s business office manager. “We take pride in not being a cookie cutter facility. Each patient treatment is based on her and her partner’s need.”

Keyna Campbell said in April 2012, she got pregnant naturally.

“It was like a miracle,” she said. “I was a nervous wreck.”

Campbell said she called the nurses to see if she needed to take fertility medicine when she was pregnant.

But she ended up losing that baby, she said.

“When I walked out, I was like, ‘I’m OK … I’m OK,'” she said. “But then I look up and see these three faces that are like family to me now. They were so sympathetic and so sweet. You can tell they cared. That’s how I knew I wanted to stay with those nurses.”
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