Having a baby is a challenging journey, and for some people this begins even before conception, when dealing with fertility concerns.
At Fertility Associates, New Zealand’s leading provider of fertility diagnosis and treatment, a team of experts addresses all aspects of fertility, treating your individual needs and supporting you holistically on the path to achieving a baby. Scientists, doctors, nurses and counsellors are just some of the people working to help many New Zealanders realise their dream of starting or adding to their family, and all are proud of the fact that across the treatment types offered, 50 percent of couples that see Fertility Associates for help have an ongoing pregnancy within 18 months.
Medical director Dr Andrew Murray explains that there is often a falsely held belief that seeking fertility support is a sure road to in vitro fertilisation (IVF). While Fertility Associates are indeed experts in this field, having been founded in 1987 by the two pioneering doctors who introduced the method to New Zealand, there are many other simple treatments available.
“Coming to see us doesn’t always mean you’re going to do IVF,” he says. “If it is taking more than six months to get pregnant, or you have any concerns about your fertility, it’s a good idea to come and see our specialists either by contacting us directly for a self-referral or via your GP.”
Fertility Associates promotes a philosophy of excellence and commitment to meeting the needs of their clients, recognising dignity, and the emotional aspects of infertility, or as Dr Murray puts it, “We’re not just about the medical stuff. We have a team-based approach right from the first phone call. We don’t just see you as a set of ovaries and a sperm.”
With clinics in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and, soon, Dunedin, as well as outreach consultation centres throughout the country, Fertility Associates is accessible nationwide.
Fertility treatment is also more financially accessible for many people than may be realised. “Over 50 percent of the work we do is actually publicly funded,” says Dr Murray. “We always assess people’s eligibility for government funding, and for those that fit certain criteria their treatment may be covered.”
Some 15,000 babies later, these treatments include both technological and social advances in which Fertility Associates have led the field, such as successful embryo freezing, egg freezing, sperm microinjection and fertility assessment, as well as IVF.
With a focus on providing the highest possible success rate using the best and most appropriate technology in an environment of excellence, Fertility Associates can identify, deal with and treat your fertility concerns, helping to lift the emotional and physical burdens infertility can bring.
“First and foremost, our goal is to achieve a baby for you,” says Dr Murray. “Then we figure out the best way we can get there.”[info]
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