A Baby at Last!

The Couple's Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant--from Cutting-Edge Treatments to Commonsense Wisdom

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About The Book

Winner of the 2010 American Fertility Association Illumination Award, for making a positive contribution to the world of fertility and family building.

Your very own consultation with the world’s leading fertility doctors!

The trailblazing fertility program at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center has pioneered many of the procedures that are now standard practices in fertility centers around the world. If you can’t get to New York for a consultation with Dr. Rosenwaks and Dr. Goldstein, A Baby At Last! puts the doctors’ expertise down on paper, offering all the information you need on the latest fertility treatments in order to make informed decisions. In this comprehensive, practical, and up-to-date handbook for diagnosing and treating infertility in both men and women, you’ll get invaluable advice on:
 • When to seek help: you may not need to wait at all 
 • Finding the right doctors, and knowing the tough questions you need to ask 
 • What tests to have for him and her, when to have them, and why 
 • Whether or not you’re a candidate for advanced treatments, including IVF,  ICSI, and beyond
Covering everything from the latest technologies to the emotional hurdles associated with infertility, Drs. Rosenwaks and Goldstein share the knowledge and expertise that make the pregnancy success rates for Weill Cornell patients among the highest in the world. Here, as never before, is a book that can help you, too, bring home a baby at last!

Excerpt

Introduction


Everyone seems to know someone who has a fertility problem, because infertility is really that pervasive. It’s talked about more openly now, and new developments make headlines on the evening news and the covers of celebrity magazines. People chat on social-networking Web sites about their infertility. You may hear about a new procedure via an article you found on the Web or from others experiencing the same thing you
are going through. You talk about the kinds of tests and treatments you receive and what combinations of drugs you are on. You are determined to find a way to have a baby.

Our program, honed over the last twenty years at Weill Cornell Medical Center, one of the top fertility clinics in the world, offers an approach to patient care that brings together all of the services that couples may need. What’s different about us is our balanced approach to fertility treatments. We look not just at the female or just the male, but at you together as a couple. Whatever the problem may be, it is worked up, uncovered, and dealt with. Certain clues lead to male or female problems; we know how to recognize those clues.

Our couples-based fertility approach is surprisingly unique—and remarkably effective. Half of all women under age 35 going through one in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle at Weill Cornell take home a baby. The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, run by Dr. Zen Rosenwaks, offers the most advanced fertility services you might need. The Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery, run by Dr. Marc Goldstein, was the first male infertility center established at a university medical center to collaborate with a comprehensive IVF program. To ensure that both women and men have access to the widest possible range of superior services, the two centers have joined to establish the Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine. Even if you can’t get an appointment with us here at our clinic, we’ll show you how to learn from our processes and achieve your dream—a baby at last.

We also run an intensive program of clinical and scientific research that has furthered the understanding of human reproduction and, most significantly, culminated in innovative ways to optimize fertility treatments. These cutting-edge clinical and technological capabilities, paired with our emphasis on treatment tailored to your individual, specific needs, have contributed to our success rates.

So Who Are We?

Dr. Rosenwaks is internationally known for his pioneering work in assisted reproduction. He was the director of the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia, the unit that achieved the first IVF pregnancy in the United States. He also developed the first egg donation program in the United States. Dr. Rosenwaks and his team of female fertility specialists have helped more couples have babies through assisted reproduction than any other center in the country, and they have consistently achieved among the highest success rates in the world.

Dr. Goldstein is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in vasectomy reversals and microsurgical repair of varicoceles (varicose veins in the scrotum) and blockages. He developed a microsurgical technique of varicocele removal in 1984 and he was the first American surgeon to be trained in and perform the Chinese method of no-scalpel vasectomy.

For this book, we have relied upon the expertise of members of our fertility teams, who are among the most experienced and accomplished medical professionals in their fields, including specialists in reproductive endocrinology, reproductive urology, embryology, andrology, immunology, gynecology, and other related areas.

About A Baby At Last!

A Baby At Last! grew out of our closely associated clinical fertility practices at Weill Cornell, where, once a month, we hold combined malefertility/female-fertility conferences to discuss our patients. Now we have put down on paper our expertise in a readable format for all couples facing infertility. The book shows, step by step, how we diagnose and treat the couples who come to us. If a couple is willing to take advantage of everything revealed in the book, from lifestyle changes to hormone treatments to surgery to state-of-the-art assisted reproductive technologies, it is likely that their infertility problem will resolve. And because infertility can affect couples in many ways, we offer advice on the emotional aspects of care, so you can better understand your treatment every step of the way.

In the book, we explain the most up-to-date therapies, many of them devised and perfected by Weill Cornell doctors. The book reflects our fertility practice by emphasizing the importance of evaluating and treating the couple together, not just the female or the male partner.

We break down the intricate science of what we do into simple language. Our own patients provide their stories in their own words of what it’s like to go through what is often a rollercoaster ride of fertility treatments. In addition to introducing you to our successful fertility program, we also show you how to search fertility databases and compare programs and how to sort out what’s on the Internet.

At the end of each chapter, we provide you with a short list of “Take Home Messages” to summarize what you’ve just learned. And at the end of most chapters you’ll find new, still-experimental information that may be of interest in the near future.

Maybe you can’t come to New York to consult with us directly. That’s why we wrote this book: to offer you the information that has become known to the thousands of our patients who have had babies. Couples who follow the book’s advice, along with their own doctor’s help, can achieve the same amazing results we see every day in our own practices.

Reproductive medicine is an exciting, innovative field. Nothing is more rewarding to us than seeing our patients’ dreams come true. Our goal in A Baby At Last! is to present to you the most effective, safest fertility treatments available—both the cutting-edge science and the surprisingly simple techniques. Then you and your doctors can tailor these treatments to meet your needs. We hope that you will find the information, insights, and specific treatments in the book that will help you comfortably complete your family and achieve your goal of having a baby at last.

© 2010 Zev Rosenwaks M.D.
About The Authors
Photograph courtesy of the author

ZEV ROSENWAKS, MD is the Director of The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, the world-renowned infertility clinic at New York Weill Cornell. He is a world known authority on reproductive endocrinology and infertility and one of the founding pioneers in the assisted reproductive technologies. He was part of the medical team that successfully used IVF for the first time in the U.S. in 1981. Dr. Rosenwaks is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and was appointed an endowed professorship in 1994 -- the Revlon Distinguished Professor of Reproductive Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and received his subspecialty certification in Reproductive Endocrinology in 1981.

Photograph by Patricia Kuharic

MARC GOLDSTEIN, MD is Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Professor of Urology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Surgeon-in-Chief, Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Executive Director, Men's Service Center of the Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Director of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery at the New York Weill Cornell University Medical Center. He is Senior Scientist with the Population Council's Center for Biomedical Research, located on the campus of Rockefeller University. He recently became the Matthew P. Hardy Distinguished Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Urology at Weill Cornell and in Spring 2008 was named Doctor of Science (Honorary) at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

MARK L. FUERST  is a health and medical writer and the co-author of nine books, including the three editions of The Couple's Guide to Fertility As a free-lance journalist for more than 30 years, his articles have appeared in popular consumer magazines such as Family Circle, Woman's Day, Health, Parents, and Self. His articles on fertility have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Woman’s World, Baby Talk, and the United Features newspaper syndicate. Fuerst earned a biology degree from Dickinson College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and two children.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Atria Books (June 2010)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781439149621

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Raves and Reviews

“The text is reader-friendly and accentuated with informative ‘Take Home Messages’ that will help couples expand their knowledge and foster fertility success.”
Publishers Weekly

“When I think about my association with Dr. Zev Rosenwaks, I think about the extraordinary talent and intelligence that allows him to combine nature and genius, to create new life. I am forever in awe of this, and I'm forever grateful for his wonderful talent.”—Celine Dion

“One of my toughest fights was to father children with my loving wife, Bernadette. After two failed previous surgeries, I found Dr. Goldstein. He is the best ‘cut man’ I ever had. My greatest victories are my Olympic gold medal, my world titles, and my family, the last one with thanks due to Dr. Goldstein.”—“Sugar” Ray Leonard, six-time world boxing champion

"A clear and enlightening summary of the current state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of couples who are struggling with infertility. Both authors are world renowned and respected in their fields. They offer sensible advise and guidelines to the reader that encompass all categories of male and female fertility issues, including medical, anatomical, environmental and emotional impacts. It is an easy read that I would highly recommend to the couple starting out on their quest for pregnancy."—Sami S. David, M.D., co-author of Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility

“A Baby at Last!” is a practical comprehensive review of the issues surrounding infertility. Men and women alike will find the text a helpful guide through the often difficult maze of decision-making during the evaluation and treatment of infertility."—John A. Rock, dean of Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

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