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25 Years of Helping Families Conceive - Over 4,000 babies born with help of LHSC program

(LONDON, Ontario) – In honour of Canadian Infertility Awareness Week May 18-24, 2008 London Health Sciences Centre’s (LHSC) Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Program (REI) is celebrating 25 years since its inception. The REI Program has helped families give birth to more than 4,000 babies.

“LHSC’s REI Program unites the most advanced assisted reproductive technologies with a caring and personalized approach to patients,” says Dr. Valter Feyles, Senior Medical Director, REI Program.

Dianne and Paul Maiorana know first hand the challenges that can be faced during pregnancy, having experienced several difficult and painful ectopic pregnancies. After turning to LHSC’s REI program for assistance, the Maiorana’s are now the proud parents of 3-year old twin boys. “I am so pleased that we were referred to LHSC,” says Dianne. “The physicians were phenomenal, and the knowledge and attention of the nursing staff made us very comfortable and confident with the program.”

Dianne is again pregnant with twin boys, due in August. “Our house will be very busy, that’s for sure! We are so grateful to the wonderful staff and physicians at LHSC for all they have done for us.”

The REI Program offers a full range of treatment services that includes in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and treatments for various fertility issues such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, ovulatory disorders, age, unexplained infertility and male factor infertility. Assisted reproductive technologies also offer options to those not wanting to pass on hereditary conditions.

“In consultation with patients, each fertility program is tailored to meet their individual needs,” says Feyles. “The team at REI is committed to helping couples realize their dream of conception.”

Recent data suggest that approximately 700,000 Canadians are unable to achieve a pregnancy naturally and suffer from infertility during their childbearing years.

The REI Program is inviting couples seeking information about infertility treatments to a drop-in session to meet members of the specialized medical team on Thursday May 22, 2008 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn located at 591 Wellington Road, London.

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

For more information contact:
Rachelle Wood
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 77642

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Call LHSC Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call