Green Bay (WFRV) Infertility effects more than seven million people in the U.S. Around 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center’s Fertility Services Clinic has helped thousands of infertile couples start the family they’ve dreamed of.
Embrie is the miracle Bill and Renee Rumsey didn’t think they would ever receive, “We were at the point now that this was our last chance,” said Bill Rumsey, Menasha.
Renee was over 40 years old and Frank had a vasectomy- so they knew they would need help getting pregnant, “I always wanted to have children and so I knew going into it because I got married later I knew I would being trying to have kids at a later age,” explained Renee Rumsey, Menasha.
So they went to fertility specialist Dr. Frank Wittmaack at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Dr. Wittmaack suggested in vitro fertilization, “The fertilization of the egg doesn’t occur inside the woman’s body but instead it occurs inside the laboratory we put sperm and egg together in the lab,” explained Frank Wittmaack, fertilization specialist, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
The embryo is then placed in the mothers uterus. The fertility clinic is the only one in Northeastern Wisconsin who performs IVF, “You take out a lot of variables by doing IVF you increase the success rate significantly which is typically over 50-percent per attempt,” said Dr. Wittmaack.
For Renee and Bill, the first two IVF treatments didn’t end with a baby. But the couple decided to give it one more try with a donor egg. Finally – the phone call they had been waiting for, “She said this would be your last christmas alone so I was like oh my gosh it was like this really happened,” Renee remembered excitedly.
“It was wonderful, it was wonderful we were going to go down this road and we didn’t think it was going to happen we really didn’t,” said Bill.
The fertility clinic holds an annual “Miracle Babies Celebration” picnic for staff and patients, “It’s wonderful, it’s one of the best parts of the job to see everybody come back show their babies,” said Dr. Wittmaack.
To celebrate helping create little miracles like Embrie, “She is our little miracle from God we just love her to death,” gushed Bill.
The annual “Miracle Babies Celebration” is on Sunday, August 21 from 2pm until 5 pm at the hospital. The free event is open to past patients and staff.