HealthWatch: Miracle Baby Picnic


About 15 percent of couples struggle with fertility.  that is  more than 7 million couples in the US.
Many couple’s turn to experts for help. The infertility specialists at Aurora BayCare Medical Center help couples who are having difficulty conceiving become parents through in vitro fertilization.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center has the only fertility clinic in Northeastern Wisconsin that offers in vitro fertilization.
They have helped hundreds of couples reach their dream of becoming parents. 

Life is busy in the Brungraber household, “Hectic is a very good word to use haha,” said Samantha Brungraber, Sturgeon Bay.

It’s the family Ryan and Samantha had always wanted, “I’ve known I’ve wanted a family for pretty much ever,” said Ryan Brungraber, Sturgeon Bay.

Samantha thought she might never become a mother. After a miscarriage and two years of trying – it wasn’t happening, “It’s hard it makes you sad it makes you scared will this ever happen for us,” said Samantha.

So they turned to reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Frank Wittmaack at Aurora BayCare’s Fertility Clinic, “They couldn’t get pregnant on their own and we did a work up and we noticed a couple of things there was a problem with the egg quality,” explained Dr. Frank Wittmaack, MD, reproductive endocrinologist, Aurora BayCare’s Fertility Clinic.

The coupled tried intrauterine insemination unsuccessfully. So Dr. Wittmaack suggested in vitro fertilization as their best option- where the egg is fertilized in a laboratory outside the woman’s body, “We in the lab we take an egg take a sperm and put the sperm directly into the egg and create an embryo that way,” explained Dr. Wittmaack.

The embryos are then implanted into the mothers’ womb, “Oh we just wanted a kid so bad and with every month that goes by your hurting more,” said Samantha.

Finally, a success, little Rhys was born in 2015, “And here he was, he was a miracle,” said Samantha.

Ryan agreed “It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

After a second round of in vitro Sylvie was born two months ago, It was something your heart melted,” said Ryan.

“We got our prefect little boy and sweet little girl,” gushed Samantha.

The couple credits Dr. Wittmaack and the clinic for helping them grow the family they wanted, “We owe our family to him,” said Samantha.

Ryan and Samantha say the team at the clinic are like family and would recommend the clinic to anyone who is looking for help conceiving, “That whole team was just so supportive,” complimented Ryan.

Every year the clinic holds a Miracle Baby Picnic for the families they helped create, “It’s something for us too, we connect with the patients and see the babies that have been born,” said Dr. Wittmaack.

Its a celebration of the miracle of life, “Face painting, bouncy houses petting zoo all kinds of stuff to keep people happy and entertained,” said Dr. Wittmaack.

The Brungrabers plan to go because they would like to bond with other parents who went through similar experiences, “I want to go just to see the other couples talk about different experiences that they had,” said Ryan.

The Miracle Baby Picnic is Sunday August 19th from 2 until 5 pm at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
Family members of miracle babes are invited to attend the free event.  For more information click here.

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

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