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Gateway to Parenthood 2019

Focusing on the Entire Individual/Couple

Gateway to Parenthood 2019 was held, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Ameristar Casino Resort in St. Charles, Missouri. Hundreds attended to learn about ways to build their family from traditional assisted reproductive technologies, such as IUI and IVF, to embryo adoption, to the use of donor eggs and surrogacy.  Additional therapies were also discussed and presented including acupuncture, chiropractic care, healthy nutrition and mindfulness.  In total, twenty presenters from across the nation and from different backgrounds helped to educate, uplift and inspire.

Here is what some of the attendees have shared:

  • “Thank you so much for this very informative and inspiring event”
  • “This is a great event…Lots of great information”
  • “My husband and I talked thoroughly about the topics we saw. It changed our relationship in a positive manner.”
  • “I was very impressed with the whole event. I will go back next year as I did learn a lot and it was also emotionally helpful.”
  • “The speakers were great…It’s rejuvenating to know that we are not along in this process”
  • “Overall, the experience was great…I didn’t expect to enjoy the community aspect but did”

Supporters of the event were also present to help provide additional information and resources. Thank you to all of the supporters and especially this year’s “Hero’s of Hope”.

Cooper Genomics

Provides genetic testing for every step of the family planning journey. Through expanded PGT-A, PGT-M, PGT-SR and beyond, Cooper Genomics is committed to advancing the field of reproductive genetics, improving outcomes, and empowering families worldwide.

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Ferring’s mission is to help patients live better lives… by researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing the most effective and innovative products in reproductive health, women’s health, urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and orthopedics.


Igenomix USA is a medical testing laboratory specializing in reproductive genetic services.  The laboratory is affiliated to Igenomix SL, a global company with headquarters in Valencia, Spain and a growing number of affiliates worldwide.

Matching Miracles

Matching Miracles is a full-service egg donor agency, matching those who dream of being a parent with quality donors bringing the dream of parenthood to reality.  Matching Miracles believes it is a responsibility to assist ALL intended parents with the ability to grow their family in an economical manor. We are committed to providing, to both intended parents and donors, an unparalleled experience filled with professionalism, personalized attention and expert guidance.

MCRM Fertility

MCRM Fertility strives to ease your stress and calm your emotions by providing patient focused care with proven results.  MCRM Fertility is the only fertility center in the region to have been named an ASRM Nursing Center of Excellence.  MCRM Fertility is a proud member of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).


Sema4® is a patient-centered health intelligence company founded on the idea that more information, deeper analysis, and increased engagement will improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Our unique advanced analytics platform is enabling us to generate a more complete understanding of disease and wellness and extract individualized insights into human health, starting with reproductive health and oncology.


Vitrolife has been at the forefront of IVF since the beginning, with a 30-year track record of development and collaboration with universities, clinics, and customers worldwide. The result is an unbroken chain of innovative high-quality products that ensures optimal care at every step throughout IVF treatment.



Driving 6 hrs to Gateway to Parenthood may seem like a long drive. But it is a must attend event for anyone fighting the journey of #infertility. Last year we drove up for the day and the amount of knowledge that was there was amazing. Learning how the sperm selection was done and what all went into making dreams come true was awesome. Besides the knowledge you will get the most important thing you should expect to get in the amount of hope and support that MCRM has for everyone in this journey. We can't wait for this year and hope to see everyone there.


Gateway to Parenthood is a must attend event for anyone on the roller coaster ride of infertility! My hubby & I live 6hrs away but that would not stop us from attending. We went last year & loved the stories of hope & all the knowledge we gained. We look forward to the event this year & the people we will meet.


We owe you guys the world and are so grateful for MCRM. We attended Gateway to Parenthood last year and it solidified our decision to move to IVF with MCRM. I know it will do the same for many couples who attend this year and hopefully by next year’s conference they’re celebrating their MCRM miracle too.


Gateway to parenthood is such an amazing event. To walk through those doors and see and feel that you are not alone in this journey is worth it alone. The information I’ve gained by attending in the past has been so helpful and I’m so excited that there are even more speakers and presentations this year. It’s a must attend event for anyone walking this path of life.


After having the privilege to be the keynote speaker at the 2017 GTP I went through a second round of IVF in California and did my follow up care locally with Dr Ahlering. My husband and I had a wonderful experience to say the least. We felt cared for and all our needs and questions attended to as we navigated those precarious - but exhilarating - early days of an IVF pregnancy. I recommend all of my local St Louis peers who are seeking fertility consults to Dr Ahlering - hands down!


I attended the first Gateway to Parenthood which came right when we were planing to start our IVF journey. I learned so much about new and innovative ways that were helping IVF be successful such as genetic testing and nanobeading. I also loved seeing that I was not the only one on this journey of infertility and that I didn’t have to do this alone. I left there feeling encouraged and well informed which made our journey so much easier. I love that this is an annual event!


Attending Gateway to Parenthood last year made the biggest difference in my IVF experience by getting my husband and I on the same page. IVF is a big step for any couple. I was convinced it was the right step for us, because my heart was in it. But my husband leads more from the head than from the heart. At Gateway to Parenthood, he got to talk with and hear from doctors and leaders in the industry. They explained the process, the statistics, showed the latest technologies and were very thorough in demonstrating why they do the things they do. After Gateway to Parenthood, my husband not only agreed that IVF was the right option for us, but he felt more educated and was able to be a bigger part of the IVF process as we underwent treatment. I feel like Gateway to Parenthood really contributed to his support and to our relationship's strength throughout IVF. And we couldn't be more pleased to celebrate our MCRM baby boy due this March!


The event was awesome and very informative. LOVED this quote, “Where you are at today is not where you will be forever. Take it one day at a time”.