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Take a second to read about our patients and their experiences while going through treatments at Huntington Reproductive Center.

As a 38-year-old single woman who had alawys wanted to be a mom, I realized that my window of opportunity was closing and that I either needed to try to have a baby on my own or be okay with not having children.

I couldn't give up on my dream of having children, so I went to one of Dr. Frederick's seminars and scheduled an appointment. After reviewing my lab results, Dr. Frederick suggested that I go through IVF with PGS. I'm incredibly thankful and happy that I took her advice. Out of the six eggs she retrieved, four fertilized and just three made it to genetic testing. Of the three embryos that were tested, only one was normal. I was obviously ecstatic when I found out I was pregnant--even more surprised when I found out during an ultrasound that my one embryo had split twice and I was pregnant with identical TRIPLETS!

There are no words to describe how grateful I am to Dr. Frederick for giving me the gift of my precious girls, and for giving my girls the gift of each other. I am also extremely appreciative of the positive, compassionate and encouraging care I received from Dr. Frederick and everyone at HRC Fertility.

Thursday, 08 October 2015

The IVF process is a very daunting experience. No one can prepare you for what you are about to experience, and there's no "standard." The doctors, clinics and services are as different as night and day. My wife and I were in our early 40s, very much in love, and very much wanting to share that with children of our own. Time, as they say, was not on our side--and the stress of the unknown was enough to test the best of relationships. We met with so many different clinics and doctors, yet we never felt truly "cared for" until we found Dr. Frederick and HRC. Other clinics relied on scare tactics to push us into their program, throwing contracts and timetables at us. But Dr. Frederick seemed to truly get that this was a huge step in our lives and that we needed someone to help us through. Her team gave us fantastic care and response, and we always looked forward to our appointments. HRC's attention right up to the delivery of our wonderful twins was outstanding. We absolutely recommend Dr. Frederick and the team at HRC for any couple looking to conceive through IVF.

Kipp and Tani
Monday, 05 October 2015

After three miscarriages and trying to get pregnant for more than a year, I came to HRC. I was 32 and so grateful to meet Dr. Tourgeman. He's an awesome doctor! From the very beginning, he made us feel comfortable and was straightforward with us about our options. Luckily for me and my husband, I got pregnant with our first IUI.

I have to say that everyone at HRC was FANTASTIC--from the front desk to the nurse practitioner, everyone was so kind and caring. The entire staff was upbeat, supportive and encouraging. Dr. Tourgeman's nurse practitioner is truly a gem. She was very knowledgeable and caring. I remember calling her one afternoon, distraught and very upset after some light bleeding. She told me to come in immediately to put my mind at ease. She is great!!

We are so blessed with our baby son, and are already thinking about baby #2!!

Erin Reynoso
Monday, 03 August 2015

After asking Kaiser to do surgery for a minor problem that inhibits the ability to get pregnant, Kaiser turned me down saying it was considered an "infertility" issue and not covered. I found Dr Kolb and he did the surgery. My husband and I continued with Dr Kolb and the clinic. On a major follow-up, Dr Kolb came into our conference room with carefully folded tissues in his hand, and he had a look on his face like a smiley cupcake. He announced "you are pregnant", and nonchalantly handed me the tissues as I cried with joy. My husband did not cry. He just starred at the pregnancy test with eyes wide open in astonishment. I could not ask for a better result or a better doctor. 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Hi I am writing this testimonial in the hope that I touch some women who have had or are continuing to have a difficult time trying to have a baby. Please know you are not alone and there is hope for you! Im 29 years old and have been trying to get pregnant with my husband for the greater part of five years. We did the IUI treatments and the herbal regime that all the books say to do. I tried two rounds of IVF with another reputable company that many people know. No success with the two rounds. I was told my eggs were the problem and I would not be able to have kids.... After much research we discovered HRC. I hesitated to make an appointment with my history and the information that was told to us before. We met with Dr Frederick. Right away she gave us hope, a hope that honestly we had not seen in any doctor we'd ever dealt with. My first appointment was in April and in June I was pregnant. With twins! I was always welcomed by all staff who was working and felt like they wanted this process to work as much as I did. It was a comforted feeling knowing that. Our experience was one we will treasure and remember forever. We are grateful we didn’t give up. We have two beautiful babies and I could not imagine life without them. The joy that they have brought us far exceeds any of the struggles we had to get to that point. We are so grateful to the staff and the doctors for their experience and expertise. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

older twins 2 Maran Zyhailo JF PtD and A had two children, but they wanted three. Unfortunately, A’s uterus prevented them from attempting natural conception for their third child. Diagnosed with a heart-shaped uterus, A’s second pregnancy was traumatic, culminating in a delivery at 30 weeks and a five-week stay for their second child at NICU. For their third child, they chose to use a surrogate.

A gestational surrogate is a woman who is willing to carry a child for another couple. To use a gestational surrogate, couples synchronize the biological mother’s cycle with the surrogate's monthly cycle. Then the eggs can be retrieved from the mother, and fertilized in the lab by the doctor using the father's sperm. After the resulting embryos have had time to develop, the most viable one (or two) are implanted in the surrogate’s womb. While she is the birth mother, the gestational surrogate is not the biological mother.

A decided she would not get pregnant again herself after her second pregnancy. She described the second pregnancy as traumatic, spotting and contracting the whole time. She was afraid to move. D and she lived at her parent’s house from 16 to 30 weeks, when her daughter was born.

We suffered through it, holding on to the hope that everything would be okay,” she said of the second pregnancy.

The good news is both of their girls are perfectly healthy little girls.

However, their hopes for that third child, preferably a boy, were not yet satisfied. And neither one of them could let it go. So they chose a gestational surrogate to carry their child for them the third time around. At the time of writing, they are 34 weeks pregnant with their third child, a boy.

A described how she came to her decision.

“For me there was no way I could ever do it again (be pregnant), even if the doctors were going to let me. But I still think about it,” she admitted. “Even knowing there was no way I could ever get through a pregnancy, every once in a while I have a fleeting fantasy that I got pregnant and I was 30 weeks along and everything is fine, just so I could enjoy being pregnant again. But that’s not the reality.”

She understands that making the decision to use a surrogate is hard for some couples, particularly those who still have hope that they could get pregnant on their own or be able to carry a pregnancy.

“It might have been easier for us since we had been through two pregnancies. I could imagine how getting to this step would be a lot harder for couples that hadn’t already been pregnant themselves. Pregnancy is a special unique feeling. It’s so hard to describe what it feels like to someone who has never been pregnant. For some couples, I think they see it as giving up. This was not giving up for us. This was our miracle, so to speak,” she said.

Gestational surrogates open the door of possibilities for couples having problems getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. For couples like D and A, where natural conception was no longer an option, surrogacy opened the door to making their dream of three children a reality.

Maran Zyhailo
Dr. Jane Frederick
Friday, 13 March 2015

My baby twins are a miracle!

After 10 years of trying to conceive, we found Dr Boostanfar and HRC and that was the day our life changed from sad to happy! Dr Boostanfar understood perfectly our problem and designed a treatment for our success!  We can proudly said that we are a very happy couple that enjoy their beautifull baby twins ( Boy and Girl) and that we will we gratefull with Dr Boostanfar and HRC for all our life!

Thanks for this amazing Happiness!  

Mary and Frank
My baby twins
Thursday, 08 January 2015

MonetMeterJF"As a third-year medical student from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, I would like to extend my gratitude to Dr. Frederick and her staff at HRC Fertility for allowing me to experience the field of Reproductive Endocrinology for the past few weeks. I owe an even bigger ‘thank you’ to the patients of HRC who have allowed me into their lives and taught me so much about caring for their growing families.

HRC Fertility has offered me an unprecedented glimpse into some of the world’s leading technology in the field—an opportunity that has vastly increased my knowledge as a supplement to my core medical school curriculum.

Dr. Frederick has devoted as much attention and concern for my education as she does for each and every one of her patients. It has truly been a privilege to work beside her, and I believe her devotion to patients and families is evidenced by her commitment to the education of future physicians.—Monet Meter, OMSIII, University of New England”

Monet E. Meter, OMS III
Dr. Jane Frederick
Friday, 07 November 2014

I can honestly say that my husband and I would not be parents if it weren’t for Dr. Potter and the HRC Team.  We will be forever grateful for the amazing care that we received during the year and a half that we worked with them, as ours was a very challenging case.

From the moment we had our initial consult with Dr. Potter, we were floored at how much he cared about our situation and helping us to become parents.  He is so passionate about his work and truly BRILLIANT at it.  We always felt like he took the time necessary with us, even with as busy and in-demand he is.

Having met with several other reproductive endocrinologists before choosing our doc, we knew we had come across someone special.  For any of you who have gone through fertility treatments or testing, you already know how emotionally, physically, and financially draining it is.  I cannot imagine going through this process without the guidance and expertise of Dr. Potter and his incredible Nurse Coordinator Lori.  She is an absolute gem of a person, and was always available to me via phone or email, handling my questions and concerns with grace and humor.

My husband and I both feel like Dr. Potter, Lori, and the HRC staff are now a part of our extended family.  It has been amazing to share our journey to parenthood with them, from our considerable struggle to conceive, to hearing our daughter's heartbeat via ultrasound for the first time (when there wasn't a dry eye in the entire exam room), to bringing our 3 month old baby girl back to her HRC Family to "meet" them for the first time.

Our lives have been touched forever by Dr. Potter, and we feel so fortunate to have been led to him years ago. For this reason we are under his excellent care again, trying for baby #2... a true testament to how strongly we feel we are in the best hands possible.

Dr. Daniel Potter
Monday, 22 September 2014

Everytime I look into my baby's eyes, I am reminded of the journey we went on to get him and I smile. I smile for all the tears shed, all the time and energy and all the strength we mustered up to start our dream family.  And all through that time, Dr. Boostanfar held our hands, gave us hope and kept us strong.  I am eternally grateful to Dr. Boostanfar and the HRC staff for their loving care and incredible medical expertise. In a difficult situation, I felt like I had true friends at HRC, whom I miss dearly, that always wanted the best for us and our family.  Thank you a million times and more. 

Lisa Levy
Friday, 12 September 2014