HealthWatch: Infertility Awareness Month


One in six couples have trouble getting pregnant. So many turn to experts for help.  In Vitro Fertilization is one option infertile couples choose to become parents.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center’s Fertility Clinic has helped make hundred’s of couples dreams come true by helping them become parents through in vitro fertilization.
“It’s amazing its the best thing in my life so far,” Greg Ashauer, new father.

Baby Everett is Greg and Tammy Ashauer’s little miracle,, “Everett is a very peaceful baby he has been he’s been happy,” said Tammy Ashauer, new mom.

The couple was worried they would never become parents.  Tammy was in her late 30’s when they tried to start a family and were unable to conceive on their own, “So if we wanted to make it happen we would have to look elsewhere for some resources and some help,” said Greg.

So they went to The Fertility Clinic at Aurora BayCare Medical Center and reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Frank Wittmaack, “it was really mainly the age that they had waited a little bit longer to try to get pregnant,” said Frank Wittmaack, MD, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

They tried two rounds of artificial insemination- which didn’t work.  Then the couple decided to go with in vitro fertilization, or IVF, where the egg is fertilized outside the body in a lab, “And then they are grown into embryos and it usually takes about 5 days and on the fifth day the embryos are typically large enough to be transferred into the uterus,” explained Dr. Wittmaack.

That also didn’t work, “It was hard, it took me three months to just feel like I wanted to smile again. It was just, it was crushing,” said Tammy.

But Dr. Wittmaack recommended a second round of IVF “Tammy had some problems with the quality of her eggs that’s  a reflection of her age and that was something we were able to tweak a  little bit by putting her on some special  medication and some special protocol,” explained Dr. Wittmaack.

And it worked, “We got the phone call and there’s tears of joy,” said Greg.

And when Everett finally arrived, “To have him and know he’s ours and got to take him home and keep him he’s great,” said Tammy.

The couple  believes without the clinic’s help they wouldn’t be parents, “With finding Dr. Wittmaack and the team here it’s just we’re so thankful because it clearly changed our lives for the better,” said Tammy.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the only hospital in Northeast Wisconsin who performs in vitro fertilization.

To learn more you can call AuroraBayCare at 866-938-0035 or email 

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