We are thrilled to have established a partnership with CCRM of North Virginia (close to D.C.), a leading provider and researcher of the latest advances in reproductive endocrinology.
At the leading edge of research, CCRM changed the in vitro fertilization (IVF) landscape by pioneering comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS) and in 2007, the first CCS baby was born. CCS involves testing embryos at the blastocyst stage to determine whether an embryo has a normal or abnormal number of chromosomes. This is done by removal of several cells of part of the embryo that forms the placenta. Genetic testing is then performed that can screen the embryos for the normal number of chromosomes (23 pairs).
The rationale is that many embryos have an abnormal number of chromosomes and this increases drastically with maternal age. The goal is to avoid transferring abnormal or “aneuploid” embryos which would either fail to implant, result in miscarriage, or lead to a fetal aneuploidy such as Down Syndrome.
This technique has been successfully adopted by fertility clinics all over the world resulting in the birth of tens of thousands of healthy babies. Since 2007, more than 3,000 healthy CCRM babies were born using CCS in conjunction with in vitro fertilization.
They also see the importance of the mind-body connection and reduction of stress and its impact on pregnancy success. We were so honored they reached out to us for this important win-win relationship.
As Drs. Payson and Moragianni from CCRM said, “We value the contribution of psychological well-being and stress reduction to the success of fertility treatments. Trying to conceive can be a very stressful process, and infertility is a physically and emotionally draining struggle for individuals and couples. Meditation and relaxation can help relieve some of that stress and thus increase the odds of achieving a healthy pregnancy.”
With love & gratitude,