GIVF eNews

August 2010 eNews

Meet the Team of our New Office in North Bethesda!

  • Laurence C. Udoff, MD, FACOG
  • Jessica Sandberg, RN

What's New?

  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Personal Egg Banking™: Schedule a Free Consultation

A New Option in Donor Egg IVF: Fairfax Egg BankSM

  • Considering Donor Egg IVF? Frozen Donor Eggs May Help You Conceive

Meet the Team of the New Office in North Bethesda:

Laurence C. Udoff, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Laurence C. Udoff, MD, FACOG

Dr. Udoff is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Udoff joined the Genetics & IVF Institute from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where in addition to maintaining a clinical practice, he was Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. During his tenure at the University of Maryland, Dr. Udoff was Director of the Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) program.

Dr. Udoff sees patients at GIVF's main location in Fairfax and begins seeing patients at the new satellite location in North Bethesda (White Flint) on September 14. The new location will provide consultations and morning monitoring, and will be open Monday through Friday. Read on to learn about what makes Dr. Udoff love being a reproductive endocrinologist.

What made you choose reproductive endocrinology?
When I was in medical school, I found the physiology of reproduction to be very interesting. Later on in my training I realized that the most gratifying experiences were those where I was able to help couples conceive and create families.

What do you love most about your job?
My family is very important to me, so naturally I love being able to help couples resolve their infertility challenges and in many cases start families. I truly consider it a privilege to play a role in the care of all my patients. Given the nature of infertility, this doesn't always result in having a baby, but helping couples navigate all their family building choices to make the right decision for them is very rewarding.

What is your approach to patient care?
Listening closely to patients is the most important factor when first establishing a relationship. The smallest details can make a significant impact on a patient's evaluation and subsequent diagnosis, so it's absolutely critical to tune into them and foster a trusting environment where the patient can feel comfortable in sharing.

The next step is to empower patients through knowledge and understanding of their individual diagnosis, as well as the fertility solutions available to them. To do this, I take on the role of an educator. The assisted reproductive technologies (ART) field is a complex one with many choices, so I invest a good deal of time helping my patients understand all of their reproductive options. There is rarely a "one size fits all" solution because reproductive decisions are deeply personal ones, so my goal is to provides my patients the resources they need to make the decisions that are right for them.

What should patients know about the new location in North Bethesda?
We're excited about the new satellite location in the White Flint area of North Bethesda because it will expand access to quality infertility care to Maryland patients. We have many patients who drive a lengthy commute to see us at our main location in Fairfax, so a local option for consultations and morning monitoring will be convenient for them. This will make their infertility treatment easier and far less stressful. We're very pleased to be able to offer patients another location.

The new location has a boutique-like feel and I think patients will appreciate the privacy of the office. Just like our main office, it's beautifully decorated and is sure to make patients feel comfortable. And of course, patients can depend on seeing the same doctor and nurse at each visit. Providing each and every patient with personalized attention is a core value at GIVF, and this new office will certainly allow us to continue this. Learn more about the new location here.

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Jessica Sandberg, RN

Jessica is Dr. Udoff's nurse at GIVF's new North Bethesda satellite location. She completed her nursing degree at Shenandoah University and worked in the infertility field for several years before joining GIVF.  Below is a little about her and how she came to be an infertility nurse.

What made you choose infertility nursing?
When I first started my nursing career I worked in OB/GYN before moving on to Labor & Delivery.  I loved the rush of helping bring newborns into the world, but really wanted the opportunity to follow patients throughout their care and build long-term relationships with them.  I realized that the infertility field was the place for me because helping people create families is hugely rewarding and I enjoy being an integral part of that process. 

How do you relate to patients?
Having faced infertility myself, I think I can relate to patients in a way they might not expect.  A huge part of being an infertility nurse is providing patient support—simply being there for the patient, whether that’s acting as a sounding board or lending a compassionate ear.  I've found that patients feel comfortable sharing their feelings when they hear that I’ve been in their shoes and faced the same issues.  I think it also helps me educate them on all their reproductive options so that they can make the decisions that are best for them.

What’s the best part of infertility nursing?
Helping people make their dreams come true.  Calling a patient to tell them they’re pregnant makes me happy, and hearing about healthy babies being born is even better.

What’s the best part of nursing at GIVF?
I think it’s great that GIVF pairs each patient with a nurse and a physician because it allows for continuity of care, which is so important in infertility treatment.  I believe that providing patients consistent care allows for real relationship building and delivery of exemplary care.  And now that we have a satellite location in North Bethesda, patients living in that area will have the convenience of a local office for consultations and morning monitoring. Learn more about the new location here.

What’s the one thing you want people to know about your approach to patient care?
That I am accessible to them on a multitude of levels and that I treat each patient as an individual.  I also want them to know that I strive to create a safe, comfortable environment that is accepting of all their personal choices. 

What's New?

Have you considered using a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for infertility treatment? FSA is a common employee benefit that allows you to set aside pre-tax income for healthcare expenses not covered by insurance. Any balance left in your FSA account at the end of the year will be forfeited, so if you are considering using FSA funds for infertility treatment, now is the time to schedule a consultation with us. Speak to your employee benefits coordinator for more details about your FSA.

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Frozen Donor Eggs: A New Option in Donor Egg IVF

If you are a woman considering Donor Egg IVF to get pregnant, you know how challenging it can be to find the perfect egg donor.  The search just got easier with the Genetics & IVF Institute’s launch of Fairfax Egg Bank, a service offering a wide selection of frozen donor eggs from fully-screened egg donors. Click here to visit the Fairfax Egg Bank website.

Using frozen donor eggs allows patients more control over their treatment and is typically more affordable.  Frozen donor eggs are immediately available, so patients can begin treatment more quickly than they normally would when using fresh eggs.  Dr. Laurence C. Udoff, a reproductive endocrinologist with Fairfax Egg Bank says, “We are excited to offer this option to women considering Donor Egg IVF.  Building on our success with fresh donor eggs, we see Fairfax Egg Bank as an expansion of our current program that will increase access to patients considering Donor Egg IVF.”

Unlike traditional donor egg where donor and recipient’s cycles must be synchronized, frozen donor egg is a much simpler process that allows patients to schedule their treatment when it is most convenient for them.  Dr. Udoff says, “Donor Egg IVF has proven to be a very successful infertility treatment but logistics and availability of donors can be limiting factors.  The frozen donor egg option eliminates these difficulties for patients and makes it more accessible.”  Using frozen donor eggs also calls for more simplified treatment protocols requiring less medication.

Donor Egg IVF using frozen donor eggs is accessible to local and out-of-town patients alike.  Diagnostics and other testing can be coordinated with a patient’s local clinic, making the process convenient even for out-of-town patients.  Only one trip to the clinic is usually necessary to complete the treatment.  “Availability of frozen donor eggs from highly-screened donors and simplified treatment make this an easier process for infertility patients,” says Dr. Udoff.

Fairfax Egg Bank’s egg donors are healthy, college-educated women between the ages of 19 and 31.  They each pass rigorous health, psychological, and other screening and testing before being accepted into the program.  Only a very small percentage of donors who apply are actually accepted into the program because few meet the program’s selective standards.  Donor recipients are able to choose an egg donor by browsing an online database using criteria such as ethnicity, physical characteristics, educational history, and other characteristics.

Click here to learn more about Fairfax Egg Bank.

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