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Fertility specialist, Dr. Eva Littman, founder and practice director of Red Rock Fertility Center, continues to practice cutting-edge medicine with one goal. She wants to assist people in Southern Nevada in growing their families. Red Rock Fertility Center moved to a larger, new, state-of-the-art facility about a year ago to facilitate Dr. Littman and her dedicated staff to be able to help even more people welcome a new baby into their home.
The facility is one of the largest in vitro fertilization centers on the West Coast and is equipped to handle a large volume of patients. It includes several dedicated treatment, consultation and exam rooms. It features a separate education center, in which classes on topics related to fertility, group injection instruction classes and fertility seminars are held on a monthly basis. The new custom-built IVF laboratory is three times larger than the former space and is connected to several embryo transfer rooms and two Class C Operative Suites. This has given Red Rock Fertility Center the ability to offer the complete treatment, including reproductive surgery, all in the same location. Red Rock Fertility Clinic is also one of the first to include genetic screening for abnormal chromosomes in the price of IVF cycles.
One procedure Dr. Littman recommends for women to consider is egg freezing. “Women who are in their reproductive years from age 24 to 34 should consider egg freezing. Women in the 35 to 40 age range who are delaying starting a family should really explore this procedure since eggs can stay frozen for about 10 years,” she explained.
For conception to occur, a woman must produce healthy and robust eggs. Because human beings are still biologically programmed to reproduce at fairly young ages, egg production is often compromised for women over 40. In other cases, the problem might be damage from previous gynecological procedures or from treatments for serious diseases like cancer. It’s a fact that some women simply produce eggs that are not as viable as they need to be for successful fertilization and a healthy pregnancy.
She is also seeing a significant increase in the LGTBQ community reaching out to become parents. “We help lots of same sex couples grow their family,” Dr. Littman said.
Red Rock Fertility Center can offer same sex male couples or female patients with poor egg quality new hope and a very high degree of likely success with its innovative donor-egg program. This program is carefully structured to ensure the best possible results, and presents several very important advantages. The sperm of the male partner fertilizes the eggs. The female partner carries the baby and bonds naturally with her baby during her pregnancy. Donor eggs allow male LGBTQ couples to realize their dreams of family with help both from donor eggs and a gestational carrier.
Red Rock Fertility Center has developed its egg donor program with great sensitivity and with all the safeguards couples need to be comfortable and enthusiastic about their choices.
Red Rock Fertility Center has developed its egg donor program with great sensitivity and with all the safeguards couples need to be comfortable and enthusiastic about their choices. Each couple chooses from an extensive list of prescreened potential donors, with each of these potential donors presenting a 12-page profile detailing all their important specifics. These include a full medical/reproductive history and a complete outline of the donor’s ethnic and family background. In the donor profile, RRFC patients also learn about the donor’s education level, professional, and personal skills, religious background, temperament and personality.
The next characteristics in the profile are physical and contain information both from the donor and their family, which includes parents, siblings and grandparents. These genetic characteristics include donor eye color, shape and size, facial features, height and weight and hair color, type and fullness as well as hair color as a child.
Dr. Littman also understands that it’s critical for patients to understand the strength of the RRFC donor pool itself. Usually, egg donors are women in their early 20s. Women from a wide variety of social, ethnic and educational backgrounds make the decision to become egg donors. Many are professionals, with occupations across a broad spectrum, and most are motivated to become donors because of a strong wish to help others. All potential donors are personally interviewed and screened by Red Rock Fertility Center’s experienced staff. In this process, donors are also tested for any genetic or transmittable diseases and are evaluated for general and genetic health. The rigorous selection process helps to ensure the best possible pool of donors and the most positive results for RRFC patients.
To protect everyone’s privacy, all donors are anonymous unless it is a family member of the patient, and all personal information for donor egg recipients is strictly confidential. Neither party knows any identifying details about the other, and full legal safeguards and protections are in place.
Once patients have selected a donor, the next step is fertilizing the eggs. This process is the same as it is for a standard in vitro fertilization cycle. First, the donor eggs need to be harvested at the correct time of egg maturation. The typical donor cycle results in the retrieval of 12 to 18 healthy eggs. The eggs are then fertilized in the lab, using the sperm of the male partner(s). The healthy fertilized eggs are then implanted in the mother-to-be at the correct time in her cycle. RRFC is very proud of its success rate of over 78 percent with donor eggs.
The positive patient experience is very important to Dr. Littman and Red Rock Fertility Center staff. One way the center keeps in touch with its patients is a newsletter with the latest news and other information.
Red Rock Fertility Center hosted its annual Baby Reunion and Egg Hunt always held on the weekend after Easter. Happy mothers, fathers and children enjoyed a beautiful sunny day and shared the company of other families with the same experience. For Dr. Littman and her dedicated staff, the reunion is an opportunity to see the joy and happiness that their hard work brings to the clinic’s patients and their families. “Next year we will probably need a bigger space.”
Eva Littman, M.D., FACOG
Red Rock Fertility Center
9120 W. Russell Road
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Dr. Littman also has been successful as an entrepreneur. She recently completed the Las Vegas Leadership 2017 program. She was a participant in the Emerging Leaders Program and as a result of her hard work and expertise, Dr. Littman won the 2017 Small Business Person of the Year award for the State of Nevada given by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
She also gives back to the community diligently by working with United Way, Faith Lutheran, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada. Dr. Littman and Red Rock Fertility Clinic are a big part of the Southern Nevada community and appreciate having an impact in these charitable organizations.
She also knows that all families worry about the financial parts of treatment. Dr. Littman and her staff are firmly committed to full disclosure. Each patient, and their supporting partner, are fully aware of costs ahead of time, which are outlined clearly with no hidden or unexpected charges. Before treatment begins, her staff does exhaustive due diligence to explore all possible insurance coverages and benefits. Dr. Littman makes sure that her patients have accessible and reasonable payment options as they begin the journey toward