Gateway to Parenthood 2019: March 9, 2019


Mark Your Calendar! Gateway to Parenthood 2019 will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Ameristar Resort and Casino.


The fourth annual Gateway to Parenthood family building conference will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Ameristar Resort and Casino. If you or someone you know is trying to build or expand their family but have discovered some obstacles this educative conference is specifically for you.

A great line up of professionals related to the field of fertility including physicians, counselors and researchers will be present. A few include:

In addition to powerful presentations, multiple supporters and exhibitors will be available to assist you along your journey.

If you are looking for answers, hope and inspiration then you'll want to be sure to attend Gateway to Parenthood 2019.



Gateway to Parenthood 2018 was proudly supported and presented by:

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  • Community Acupuncture of St. Louis
  • California Cryobank Donor Egg Bank/Donor Egg Bank USA
  • Paul, Camazine & Blumenthal
  • Cooper Genomics
  • Avella Specialty Pharmacy
  • Integrity Rx Specialty Pharmacy

The 2018 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.



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”.


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