Gateway to Parenthood 2018: Back to the Basics
The third annual Gateway to Parenthood: St. Louis Infertility Awareness conference occurred on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Hundreds of individuals gathered at the Embassy Suites St. Charles for a day full of hope, encouragement, knowledge and more.
Gateway to Parenthood 2018, hosted by MCRM Fertility made a lasting impact on those in attendance.
The day started with Key Note, Bobbie Thomas from the NBC Today show sharing TRUTH, POWER and DETERMINATION. Additional presentations followed through the remainder of the day focussing on topics including:
- Family Planning & Fertility Screening with your OBGYN
- Holistic Approaches to Enhancing Fertility
- Understanding Male Factor Fertility
- Alternative Treatments to Infertility
- Embryo Donation and Adoption
- Infertility Support Mix & Mingle
- Importance of Genetic Carrier Screening and Family Planning
- Third Party Reproductive Options & Law
- Latest Scientific Advancements
- Recurrent Pregnancy Loss/Miscarriages
- Sexual Health when battling Infertility
A few of the presentations are available for review.
The conference ended with the presentation of attendance prizes including an IVF treatment package, infertility care gift certificates and more.
Stay tuned for details regarding the 2019 Gateway to Parenthood conference.
ADMISSION IS FREE!
Introducing our key note speaker:
Ms. Bobbie Thomas
Bobbie Thomas is a beauty and fashion expert, author, and self-proclaimed professional girlfriend who encourage everyone to use style as a powerful form of self-expression. As the Style Editor for NBC’s TODAY Show, millions of people tune in every week for her “Bobbie’s Buzz” segments where she shared her favorite fashion, beauty and lifestyle finds. She has appeared on a variety of TV programming including E! Red Carpet coverage, Style Network’s Fashion Police, The View and Wendy Williams. Her national column, “the Buzz” was featured in In Touch Weekly for over seven years, and she also authored the bestselling book, The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow. In the fall of 2015, she co-founded her own beauty line, Woosh™ Beauty.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Bobbie has a personal passion for encouraging more open dialogue about the topic of infertility. Shortly after getting married in May of 2013, Bobbie and her husband began discussions about starting a family. At 39 years old, she realized that having a baby might be difficult. Through discussions with her husband and her doctor, she ended up pursuing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, which ultimately led to the birth of her son, Miles, in July 2015. Bobbie decided to share her journey to parenthood because, looking back, she wishes she’d had conversations about fertility sooner, and known the questions to ask her doctors. Bobbie believes strongly that awareness and education are fundamental when it comes to providing women with reproductive options, and that infertility is a topic more people should be openly talking about.
Introducing our featured speakers:
John Schmieder, Acupuncturist - Community Acupuncture (bio)
Cole Nilson, D.O., FACOG - Tulsa Women's Health Care (bio)
Etai Goldenberg, MD - Urology Consultants, Ltd (bio)
Gavin Puthoff, MD - Mercy Clinic Fertility Services (bio)
Becky Lynn, MD - SLUCare Physician Group (bio)
Patrice Ryan, Ph.D - Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (bio)
Aisha Lewis - California Cryobank Donor Egg Bank/Donor Egg Bank USA
Tim Schlesinger, Attorney - Paule Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. (bio)
Kimberly Tyson, Program Director - Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program
Paulina Nassab, MS, LCGC, Genetic Counselor - Igenomix (bio)
Jennifer Siegel, MS, LCGC, Genetic Counselor - sema4
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”.