Fundraising Efforts Bring Local IVF Clinic Closer to Realization

Dr. Johnson in the space designated for the Medical Center’s future IVF Clinic (photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette)

Julia Johnson, MD, chair of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is edging close to her fundraising goal of $500,000 to build a 2,500-square-foot in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic at the Medical Center. Complete with a procedure room to extract eggs and implant embryos, a recovery room, a laboratory to fertilize eggs and grow embryos, and spaces to collect samples, the new clinic would be the first of its kind in Worcester, allowing families to undergo the IVF procedure closer to home. UMass Memorial Health Care will match Dr. Johnson’s raised funds with an additional $500,000 to bring the clinic online. Read the Telegram & Gazette article. To donate, visit give.umassmemorial.org/ivf.

Egg Freezing Gives Women the Gift of Time

Source: Worcester Business Journal

A woman may have any number of reasons for wanting to wait before starting a family – health, career, relationships, etc. But as a women ages, so do her eggs, which could result in difficulty getting pregnant or having a viable pregnancy down the road. Julia Johnson, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently sat down with the Worcester Business Journal to discuss the process of egg freezing, known as egg vitrification, and how we offer this service to UMass Memorial patients through a partnership with Boston IVF. Read the full article.