Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET): Achieving One Healthy Baby Per Pregnancy – Tuesday, July 27, 2010 from 6:30-8:30 pm

With Dr. Danielle Vitiello and Lynette A. Scott, PhD., Fertility Centers of New England

A multiple pregnancy may feel like a welcome relief after the struggles of infertility. But with the recent bad publicity about multiple births after IVF, and concerns about exploding health care costs, elective single embryo transfer (eSET) is attracting close attention and is viewed as a viable option for a number of women. Many fertility centers now offer eSET in order to reduce multiple births and achieve the goal of one healthy baby per pregnancy. Why should you consider this technique?

Fertility treatment cycles are responsible for 50% of twin births and 75% of higher order births. It is important to be aware that there are significant risks and that poor health outcomes can be associated with this type of pregnancy, to both mother and fetus/child. For example, the major problem with twin pregnancies is prematurity, and the more premature the delivery, the greater the risks of complications both at birth and beyond. For the mother, risks include conditions such as high blood pressure and gestational diabetes, as well as the psychological stresses of raising several children at once.

This program will cover the success rates of the eSET technique, along with information about how the embryology lab can select the best quality embryos for the highest rates of success. The presenters will explain who is a good candidate for this technique, and how it achieves the goal of healthier outcomes for both mother and baby. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Fees: Resolve members: $10 per person. Non members: $20 per person.
Where: The Walker Center, 171 Grove St, Newton, MA 02466, in the Living Room

Directions to the Walker Center
Take the Green Line. Riverside car (D) to MBTA Riverside Station. At the exit, turn left and walk left onto Grove Street. Go about 1/4 mile to the top of the small hill. Walker is at the intersection of Grove and Hancock Streets. (From Riverside Station, Walker is a six-minute walk.)
FROM BOSTON: Take the Mass Pike to exit 16; go west on Route 16 toward Wellesley. After it crosses Commonwealth Ave (Rt. 30), look for Woodland Rd on the right. Take Woodland to the flashing light; turn left up the hill. Walker is on the right after the elementary school.
FROM THE NORTH OR SOUTH: Take Rt. 128 (US 95) to exit 22, Grove St./MBTA Station. After you exit 128/95, go past the Holiday Inn and the Riverside T station. At the top of the small hill as Grove Street bears right, the Walker Center will be on the left; watch for the sign.
FROM THE WEST: Take the Mass Pike to exit 14. Go south on Rt. 128/95, and take exit 22. Then follow NORTH/SOUTH directions.