Chinese paper Sing Tao reported birth of Olivia, first child in Canada to be conceived with help from the Eeva Test

Sing Tao <<星島日報>> newspaper reported the birth of Olivia, the first child in Canada to be conceived with the help of the Early Embryo Viability Assesment (Eeva) Test. Olivia’s mother, 40 year-old Darla Macey-Nicholson, is ecstatic about the latest addition to her family.

To view Sing Tao’s coverage of the exciting announcement, please click here or the image below.

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Darla Macey-Nicholson with Olivia, the first child in Canada to be conceived with the help of the Eeva Test.

24 Hours: Meet Canada’s first Eeva baby

Darla Macey-Nicholson, mother of Olivia – the first child conceived with the help of the Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva) Test, had a chance to sit down with 24 Hours’ Jane Deacon and to explain why the groundbreaking reproductive technology is so important to her.

Read about Darla’s story and why Dr. Sonya Kashyap believes the Eeva Test may be a great asset to those who are experiencing infertility.

Darla Macey-Nicholson holds daughter Olivia, the first Canadian to be conceived with the help of Eeva time-lapse in vitro technology.

CTV Vancouver: Should government fund fertility?

CTV Vancouver’s Maria Weisgarber had a chance to visit our clinic yesterday when Darla Macey-Nicholson and her lovely almost-five-week-old baby, Olivia, dropped by. Olivia is the first baby in Canada conceived with the assistance of the Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva) Test.

Maria sat down with our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, to talk about the Eeva Test and whether taxpayers should help fund fertility treatments. Dr. Kashyap touched upon this subject earlier in the year when the National Post published an opinion piece titled “Pregnancy is a want, not a need.”

Click here or the image below to see what Dr. Kashyap and Darla had to say:

Dr. Sonya Kashyap and Darla Macey-Nicholson speak with CTV Vancouver's Maria Weisgarber about the Eeva Test and the cost of fertility treatments.

Dr. Sonya Kashyap and Darla Macey-Nicholson speak with CTV Vancouver’s Maria Weisgarber about the Eeva Test and the cost of fertility treatments.

 

How Couples Can Support One Another Through the Infertility Experience: Part Two

This is part two of our “How Couples Can Support One Another Through the Infertility Experience series. For part one, please click here.

How Couples Can Support One Another Through the Infertility Experience

By: Holly Yager, M.Ed., RCC, CCC
Well Woman Counselling, Vancouver, B.C.

Increase Intimacy

One of the dangers of a life that is overly fertility-focused is that of intimacy — both the emotional and the sexual kind — can become depleted. If you have been trying to conceive for any length of time, you are likely familiar with the concept of ‘sex on demand’ or doctor-prescribed sex, where intercourse is planned and takes place even when the couple is not ‘in the mood’. Sex can feel like work! If you are using fertility medications, the pressure can really be on to perform on-demand. And if you are using in vitro fertilization (IVF), some couples just say ‘why bother’ with sex?

You can keep the romance and spontaneity alive during the infertility journey by making an effort to connect sexually not just to conceive, but also on non-fertile days. This allows sex to become less about a ‘means to an end’ and more about the experience. The key here is to connect purely for the sake of pleasure.

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Vancouver’s Genesis Fertility Centre celebrates birth of first baby in Canada using the Eeva Test

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NEWS RELEASE

Vancouver, B.C. – September 24, 2014 – The first baby in Canada conceived with the assistance of the Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva®) Test at Vancouver’s Genesis Fertility Centre was born this past August. Olivia, born to Darla Macey-Nicholson and Craig Nicholson, was conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the help of novel embryo development information provided by the Eeva®Test.

The Eeva® Test, which is exclusively distributed in Canada by EMD Serono, a division of EMD Inc., Canada, is a significant innovation for reproductive technology. The test is a tool which helps embryologists in assessing the embryo most likely to develop for implantation, ultimately aiding fertility experts achieve better outcomes for their patients. Developed by Auxogyn Inc., a company dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, the Eeva® Test is based on patented technology developed by StanfordUniversity researchers. This team of university researchers is world-renowned for pioneering techniques in time-lapse imaging of stem cells.

“We are honoured to have helped conceive the first Eeva® baby in Canada,” says Dr. Sonya Kashyap MD, medical director of Genesis Fertility Centre. “It demonstrates that Eeva can act as a tool to improve success rates of IVF in addition to increasing patients’ overall experience to achieve pregnancy. These are our two most important goals.”

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Meet Us Monday: Gail Mawhinney, Administrative Team

 

Gail Mawhinney of Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Meet Gail Mawhinney, a wonderful member of our administrative team with her dog with Hobbes

Hi, my name is Gail and I work in the administration department. I completed my MOA diploma in 2013 and was very happy to start working at Genesis. It’s great to be part of such a dedicated and caring team.

I grew up in Montreal, Quebec and in my early 20’s I cycled from Winnipeg to Vancouver. When I reached Vancouver I fell in love with the west coast and moved out to smell the sea breeze a year later. I have never looked back.

I met my husband while I was studying Biology at UBC. My pride and joy are my two wonderful kids. We also have a house full of pets – a puppy, cat, leopard gecko and lovebird. I love going camping with my family and walking our hyperactive puppy. We are very lucky to live close to the Coquitlam River with its trails and wildlife.

I enjoy spending time with friends and discussing books with my book club.

I have worked in many different and varied jobs but have always had a strong interest in the medical field and feel very lucky to have found a place at Genesis.

Wellness Wednesday: How Couples Can Support One Another Through the Infertility Experience: Part One

This is part one of two blog posts that detail how couples can support each other during infertility. Part two will be posted on September 24, 2014.

How Couples Can Support One Another Through the Infertility Experience

By: Holly Yager, M.Ed., RCC, CCC
Well Woman Counselling, Vancouver, B.C.

Infertility has been described by many couples as one of the most stressful times in their lives. In fact, infertility has been reported to be just as distressing as a diagnosis of a terminal illness or the loss of a loved one. It is an experience that can affect nearly all aspects of life – health, emotional well-being, career plans, finances, and relationships.

Many couples notice that infertility changes their relationship… but these changes do not have to be for the worse! You can get through infertility with a stronger, more solid relationship by knowing how to support one another through the most common infertility experiences.

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Stress and its effects on male fertility

By: Dr. Spence Pentland

stress and fertility

Management of stress plays a significant role in optimizing fertility.

In my clinical practice, it is abundantly clear that the management of stress plays a significant role in optimizing fertility.

There is a growing body of evidence that correlates psychological stress such as anxiety and depression to reproductive hormonal imbalance, production of subfertile sperm and poor IVF outcomes.

On a daily basis, I see this type of research confirmed but after an acupuncture session, men leave the clinic with a sense of calm. They tell me that it provides an overall sense of well-being, which is reflected in all aspects of their life from relationships to increased productivity and better sleep.

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