Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Michael Drews, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and founding partner at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and clinical associate professor for the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Dr. Drews and Heather discuss the history of IVF and the future of fertility science:
- I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your professional background and training.
- Why did you choose to specialize in reproductive medicine?
- Take us through your career since your residency, including how you helped to found RMA of New Jersey.
HISTORY OF IVF
- What did the birth of Louise Brown mean to the world, and how did it change fertility treatments forever?
- How has fertility science changed overall in the last forty years? Take us through what had to happen to get to where we are today.
- How have perceptions of IVF changed over the last forty years, and how did this transition happen?
- What it was like working in the early 1990s when IVF success rates were lower and the technology was so different?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add about the history of IVF?
FUTURE OF FERTILITY SCIENCE
- Tell us about some of the latest studies and technology transforming fertility care today.
- Why, as you frequently say, does the “entire field change every 5-10 years”?
- What does the future of fertility science look like, and what advances can we expect in the future?
- When a couple is visiting a fertility clinic for the first time, how can they gauge the quality of the lab? Why is this information important?
- What are some other best practices you’ve picked up throughout your career?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add about the future of fertility science?
- I’d love to hear some personal anecdotes about families and individuals you’ve worked with throughout your career.
- What words of hope would you offer to someone who’s just starting on their infertility journey?