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Midwest Fertility Specialists Celebrate First Birthday of Child Conceived From Eight-Year Old Frozen Embryo

July 11, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS, July 11 /PRNewswire/ — Today, physicians at Midwest Fertility Specialists are celebrating the first birthday of Jake Matthew Spartz, who was conceived from an eight-year frozen embryo — the oldest frozen embryo transfer in Dr. Robert Colver’s 20 years of experience and the second oldest known within Colver’s medical group, which collectively have 45 years of experience.

After having trouble conceiving a child on their own, Dawn and Cliff Spartz of Noblesville, Ind., first went to Midwest Fertility Specialists in 1997. Eventually, they conceived twin boys, Max and Adam, through in vitro fertilization.

“Years after the twins’ birth, Midwest Fertility reminded us that we still had an embryo that was being stored,” said Dawn. “That made my husband and I realize that we were ready for another child.”

The Spartzs found out they were pregnant a second time on Thanksgiving Day 2005. On July 11, 2006, the couple gave birth to Jake Matthew, after having been frozen from October 23, 1997 to November 10, 2005.

“It was miraculous,” said Dawn on her pregnancy. “I wasn’t really expecting it, because I know your chances are better with a fresh embryo. Also, the process they used to freeze the embryo then is not as advanced as what they use now.”

“These kinds of events were once exceedingly rare. But the rapid rise in pregnancy rates in the last decade is making frozen embryo transfer a more viable option for couples wanting to have a child,” said Colver, whose practice is with the largest single group of reproductive endocrinologists in Indiana. “As of April 2007, our clinical pregnancy rate with frozen embryo transfers [for all ages of women patients] reached 42 percent, more than double the national average 10 years ago.”

About Midwest Fertility Specialists

Founded July 1, 2004, Midwest Fertility Specialists is the largest single group of reproductive endocrinologists in the state of Indiana serving patients in Carmel, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Noblesville, Ind. and Champaign, Ill. Midwest Fertility is a member of IntegraMed America, an exclusive network limited to the highest performing infertility practices in larger metro areas around the United States. Nearly one out of every four IVF procedures in the United States is performed in an IntegraMed practice. For more information, visit http://www.midwestfertility.com/

Midwest Fertility Specialists

CONTACT: Jordan Peel or Ron King of Vanguard Communications,1-877-382-2999, for Midwest Fertility Specialists, or Tessa Delong of MidwestFertility Specialists, +1-317-571-1637

Web site: http://www.midwestfertility.com/




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