Published on June 20, 2018

Advanced Fertility and Reproductive Medicine - Tower Health Medical Group To Celebrate 30th Anniversary of In Vitro Fertilization Program on June 24

On Sunday, June 24, Reading Hospital will host a celebration honoring the 30th anniversary of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) program that began at Women's Clinic, Ltd., now known as Advanced Fertility and Reproductive Medicine - Tower Health Medical Group. The celebration will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Reading Hospital Conference Center.

Berks County's first IVF baby was delivered on January 15, 1988. As of June 13, 2018, a total of 607 IVF babies have been delivered. Some of the practice's IVF babies and their parents are expected to attend the celebration.

In vitro fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology that fertilizes a mother's egg with a father's sperm in a laboratory dish. The process includes drug therapy to stimulate the growth and maturation of healthy eggs, retrieval of the eggs from the mother in a minor surgical procedure, insemination that combines the egg and the sperm for fertilization, and transfer of the embryo to the mother's uterus.

Advanced Fertility and Reproductive Medicine - Tower Health Medical Group was one of the first private practices in the United States to offer an IVF program. The practice began training for the procedure in 1984, and its physicians and staff continue to offer leading-edge IVF care.