Pathway to Parenthood

Grace Grabel 11 days old Photo by Susy Martinez Photography
Grace Grabel 11 days old
Photo by Susy Martinez Photography

The birth of a child is a precious gift. While some couples do not experience difficulty conceiving, there are many who desperately want a child but are unable to have one without medical assistance. The Fertility Center of Las Vegas and Drs. Shapiro and Daneshmand are known worldwide for their superior safety and success rates and offer exceptional care.

Tammy Grabel, publisher of Las Vegas Woman magazine, and her husband, magician and entertainer Seth Grabel, recently welcomed their daughter, Grace Grabel, with the assistance of Drs. Shapiro and Daneshmand and The Fertility Center of Las Vegas.

Tammy had always wanted a child. But in her late 20s, she was diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure (premature menopause), which is a loss of normal function of ovaries before age 40. She was told that the chances of her conceiving naturally were less than 5 percent. After intense therapy, Tammy eventually came to a place of acceptance that she would not have a child.
Then she met Seth. “When I first met Tammy, she let me know, and I thought we would never have a baby,” Seth said. But Tammy had heard about The Fertility Center of Las Vegas and Dr. Shapiro’s exemplary success rates. They found hope in Dr. Shapiro, and together, Tammy and Seth decided they were willing to try any medical procedure possible to have a child. Due to Tammy’s age (36), the couple decided to start treatment immediately.

Dr. Shapiro really wanted to help Tammy and Seth achieve the family they so greatly desired. The couple had to begin three months in advance to get prepared. “Seth was an amazing partner. He was not only emotionally supportive but also helped me with the initial injections. We found out there was a blockage in one of my tubes, so a medical procedure was performed so that we could continue with the treatments,” Tammy said.

“It was an interesting experience I never thought I would be a part of,” Seth said. “I really thought we would never have a baby, but we got a miracle.” As a busy entertainer with a full schedule, it could be quite difficult for Seth at times. “I had to give her an injection every night at 7 p.m., so that meant I had to meet with her at 6:30 p.m., no matter what we were doing, every single day for weeks, which meant we really had to coordinate. I had to stick a needle in my love which was very hard. But it was worth it.”

According to Tammy, “There was one moment Seth gave me the shot—we were weeks into it—and I looked back at him and could see his frustration. But he kept it together, and it was only for that moment. I must say, looking back on it, my hormones before becoming pregnant were not as extreme as they are after giving birth. But still, it took a toll on me. There were days I was tired, but we were really committed to doing it and staying on track. I had to take so many pills a day and do an injection once a day. There are creams involved, and everything is on a regimented schedule. I had to get a pill calendar and an ovulation form, which I kept throughout treatment.”

Then there was the big moment. Due to her body frame and the high probability of twins, only one embryo was implanted. “Dr. Shapiro does the right thing medically and morally. We did ask for two, but he said it was too risky. He did not want to put me or the baby at risk.” Seth was there by Tammy’s side when the embryo was implanted. “There was an ultrasound screen, and when it was implanted, Seth and I got to witness the exact moment our baby was ready to grow inside of me.”

“It was nerve-racking when I first came home after the appointment. I got the hiccups and freaked out. I was worried I had juggled the baby somehow,” Tammy said. “After everything we went through, we were both very excited but honestly pretty scared as well. You don’t really know if it is going to work after all of this time and effort.”

If you feel like it is hopeless, there are always options

Five days later, it was confirmed that Tammy was pregnant, and they cried with joy. Even though the pregnancy test came back positive, Tammy was still on a regimen, keeping track with a strict schedule to make certain her baby had the support needed to maintain the pregnancy.

Because it is such a challenging experience, Seth understood Tammy’s moods and physical experiences. “Communication is the key,” Tammy said. “You have to communicate, and Seth was very supportive, even when it was difficult for him. He really stepped in and kept up the optimism.” This procedure can test a relationship, but if communication is there, it can bring you closer together. The joy Tammy and Seth are experiencing with Grace is hard to put into words, and they love every minute of being parents.

“Hope and Help are Here” The inspirational message on the wall inside the Fertility Center of Las Vegas
“Hope and Help are Here” The inspirational message on the wall inside the Fertility Center of Las Vegas

“If you feel like it is hopeless, there are always options,” Tammy said. “It is nothing to be ashamed of, and if you are having trouble conceiving, get checked out because there are so many factors. Many couples have trouble conceiving, so don’t wait.”
The process of In vitro fertilization typically begins by stimulating the woman’s ovaries with fertility medications so that multiple follicles will develop. The eggs in these follicles are then matured, retrieved and fertilized with sperm in the laboratory. Next, the fertilized eggs (embryos) are grown in carefully controlled laboratory conditions until they are ready to be transferred to the woman’s uterus. Any remaining embryos can be frozen for future use.

In vitro fertilization is a very versatile procedure. The eggs may come from the intended parent or an egg donor. The sperm can come from an intended parent or a sperm donor. The embryos may be transferred to the uterus of an intended parent or a gestational carrier who carries the pregnancy for the intended parent(s). IVF can be attempted using either fresh or frozen embryos. IVF has successfully been used to provide children to heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, single women and single men.

The Fertility Center of Las Vegas doctors and staff understand the importance of personalized care. Fertility treatments are started with extensive diagnostic testing to ensure that each patient is properly assessed and correctly diagnosed. Once personal fertility challenges are determined, there is a consultation to review the appropriate fertility treatments. Together with your doctor, you will select the course of treatment that is best for you.

The Fertility Center of Las Vegas is one of the leading fertility centers in the world. Since 1988, it has helped create thousands of families by providing the most advanced fertility treatments available today.

Together, Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Daneshmand have pioneered groundbreaking research, which has improved upon the success and safety of IVF treatment and garnered them domestic and international recognition from both patients and physicians. Their expertise has made them some of the most sought after physicians in their field, and they are often called upon by their colleagues to treat complex patients or those with previously unsuccessful cycles. The Fertility Center of Las Vegas client list consists of parents from all walks of life, including celebrities, executives, physicians and dignitaries from across the globe. With more than 30 years providing assisted reproductive technology treatment, hopeful parents can be assured they will receive the highest quality care at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas.

For more information, visit FertilityCenterLV.com or attend a free monthly seminar hosted by The Fertility Center of Las Vegas. Appointments are available in Summerlin, Henderson and Los Angeles.

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