Navigation Links
North Carolina Couple Finds Hope for a Healthy Baby through Technology that Screens Embryos for Genetic Disorders
Date:2/23/2010

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ --  After a devastating loss of their five month old son to a genetically linked disease, a North Carolina couple finds hope for a healthy baby through an innovative technology called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Using embryo biopsy, PGD allows geneticists to screen for disorders such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease and spinal muscular atrophy in the earliest stages of life.

Joanne and Blaine Reese of Macon, North Carolina were overjoyed when they gave birth to their first child - a son named Joseph. However, at only six weeks of age doctors discovered that Joseph was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a condition inherited from his parents. The Reese couple learned they are both carriers of the fatal disease and together share a 25% chance of having an affected child, a 50% chance of conceiving a carrier, and a 25% chance of delivering a perfectly healthy baby. Their doctor presented an idea that would significantly increase the odds for a non-affected child and they soon after sought the expertise of local infertility specialist Dr. Grace Couchman of Carolina Conceptions in Raleigh.

"I chose Dr. Couchman for her reputation and experience, but after our first visit when we all had tears in our eyes, I realized that she was also one of the most caring doctors I had every met. I cannot thank her and the team at Carolina Conceptions enough for giving us hope for a healthy family," says Joanne who now has two children; Haley is two and a half years old and Ross was born on November 23, 2009.

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a technique used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF). The embryos created through IVF are biopsied to differentiate which are chromosomally normal. Only the unaffected embryos are used for transfer/conception. "It is always rewarding to help couples conceive, but to use PGD to ensure they have a healthy baby - one who may otherwise have suffered from a life-threatening genetic disorder - is particularly gratifying," says Dr. Couchman, who is a board certified infertility specialist that has been helping couples conceive for almost 20 years.

Dr. Couchman, along with Dr. Bill Meyer and Dr. John Park, make up Carolina Conceptions – the fastest growing fertility clinic in the Southeast. Visit www.carolinaconceptions.com.

SOURCE Carolina Conceptions

Back to top

RELATED LINKS
http://www.carolinaconceptions.com

'/>"/>

SOURCE Carolina Conceptions
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. For Release: Esco Announces 2nd North American Facility in Marietta, OH
2. Northwest Biotherapeutics Announces Appointment of Robert A. Farmer to the Board of Directors
3. North Carolina Based Cromoz Inc. Launches Carbon Nanotechnology for Target Drug Delivery System in Cancer Treatment in Hyderabad, India
4. North Carolina-based Cnanoz Unveils NanoPure(TM) to Government Leaders in Hyderabad, India
5. North America automobile sector bottom of world sustainability league
6. North Highland Ranks in Top Five of Consulting Industrys Best Firms to Work For
7. Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership to Participate in 2009 Orthopedic Design & Technology Conference & Exhibition
8. Bionovo to Present on Novel Female-Specific Drugs for Obesity at the 20th Annual Meeting of the North American Menopause Society
9. Cord Blood America Announces Preferred Pricing for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania Members
10. Northwest Biotherapeutics Announces Plans to De-list From AIM and Consolidate its Stock Market Listing in U.S.
11. Avantium to Deliver Flowrence System to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), USA
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/11/2017)... 11, 2017  VMS BioMarketing, a leading provider of patient ... Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) network, which will launch this week. ... among health care professionals to enhance the patient care experience ... and other health care professionals to help women who have ... ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... compared the implantation and pregnancy rates in frozen and fresh in vitro ... of progesterone and maternal age to IVF success. , After comparing the results ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... October ... ... a development-stage cancer-focused pharmaceutical company advancing targeted antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) therapeutics, today ... of targeted HPLN (Hybrid Polymerized Liposomal Nanoparticle), a technology developed in collaboration ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... DALLAS , Oct. 10, 2017 International research firm ... IoT Strategy, will speak at the TMA 2017 Annual Meeting , ... key trends in the residential home security market and how smart safety ... ... "The ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:8/15/2017)... Aug. 15 2017   ivWatch LLC , a medical device ... therapy, today announced receipt of its ISO 13485 Certification, the global ... International Organization for Standardization (ISO®). ... ivWatch Model 400 Continuous Monitoring device for the early detection of ... "This is an important milestone ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... first robotic gym for the rehabilitation and functional motor sense evaluation of ... Italy . The first 30 robots will be available from June ... . The technology was developed and patented at the IIT laboratories and ... thanks to a 10 million euro investment from entrepreneur Sergio Dompè. ... ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... York , April 19, 2017 ... as its vendor landscape is marked by the presence ... market is however held by five major players - ... Together these companies accounted for nearly 61% of the ... the leading companies in the global military biometrics market ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):