Why it’s hard to choose the best embryo.
Let’s think of an illustration for one of the smaller species! If you were to look at mouse embryos, you would see they all look alike at the blastocyst stage and only < 2% have the wrong number of chromosomes (aneuploid). Look at blastocyst human embryos and no two look alike. Furthermore, over two-thirds of […]
Happy Birthday ‘Baby’ Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby!
How are the other 7 million IVF people doing? 7 million people and forty two year later, the questions remains as to how the people who ‘conceived’ through IVF are doing? In 1978, I was a resident at Johns Hopkins and the team of Georgeanna and Howard Jones were just leaving to start an IVF […]
Memorial Day 2020
This weekend marks Memorial Day, the traditional start of summer. However, as so many spring and summer plans have been shelved due to COVID-19, this gives us pause to remember the more important parts of the holiday (other than picnics, gatherings and a day off!). Memorial Day is a holiday to commemorate the servicemen and […]
Some Changes Taking Place
We have all been going through changes in the last few months and I want to let you know about one that is exciting for me – and, I hope, for you as well. Beginning on June 15th I am leaving RMI to open my own smaller and more personal fertility office – The Rinehart Fertility […]
THE Vaccine…and why don’t we have one yet.
Ever utter “A pox upon your house” to someone you really did not like? OK, probably not but most have at least heard of the phrase. “A pox upon your house” is a line from Romeo and Juliet. The word pox comes from the old English pocks which are pustules of disease being either syphilis or […]
More Questions On Pregnancy & Fertility During COVID-19
In order to keep you informed as to current information on COVID-19, I am sharing the following answers to frequently asked questions on the impact of this novel coronavirus on fertility and pregnancy. Unfortunately, the bottom line is that we just don’t have a lot of data, and it may take quite a while to actually figure out […]
Fertility Care During The Current COVID-19 Pandemic
Dear Patients, I want to keep you up-to-date on fertility care during the current COVID-19 pandemic and answer some frequently asked questions. Is active treatment to get pregnant still on hold? As promised, our professional organization, ASRM, issued revised practice guidelines on Monday, March 30th. To no one’s surprise, they are an extension of the […]
A Virus For All Seasons?
So much has been surmised and written about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) along with the will reach a peak and then decline. Let’s rephrase this. COVID-19 will not go away. What will happen is as the pandemic slows, the restrictions in place for social distancing will be relaxed. That inevitably will result in a second […]
To Mask or Not to Mask?
Many are questioning whether the advice we are hearing will actually make a difference. Well, evidence is growing from around the world that social distancing does work to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This slowing allows the healthcare system to focus on the truly sick and, hopefully, save their lives. We also know that some […]
National Doctors’ Day
Today, Monday, March 30th, is National Doctors’ Day. Obviously, as a physician, I recognize this in honoring and paying tribute to the generations of physicians before me who paved the way in my career. This year, however, it is especially poignant. Today, our doctors, nurses and support staff are the front lines in our war […]