Cristofer Jr., Alexandra, and Markella
Our oldest daughter, now 20, was adopted at birth. As deliriously happy as we were to finally become parents, we decided to go through with our fourth in vitro attempt, coincidentally scheduled for the next day. As fate would have it, that last time was the charm. Two weeks later we found out I was pregnant, and two weeks after that we found out it was with twins! Thanks to Dr. Kreiner and LI IVF, babies #500 and #501 were born exactly eight months to the day after our oldest daughter. Talk about baby heaven! We look back on that time 20 years ago with the greatest love and admiration for Dr. Kreiner and LI IVF, knowing we wouldn't be a complete family today if it weren't for them. Enjoy your little miracle babies...they will be college bound before you know it!
He is going to technology school for engine repair, and loves outdoor fishing and hunting.
Alyssa graduated from St. Joseph College with a degree in Spanish Education. She and her fiancé Pat are looking forward to a beautiful 2015 wedding.
Before I became a nurse, I had the same dream as all of my patients - to become a Mom. My husband and I had tried for a few years naturally and then were referred to Long Island IVF. I was a patient at LIIVF for 2 years and I went through the same type of cycles as my patients. I did a few IUI cycles, 2 fresh IVF cycles (one with GIFT) and 3 frozen embryo transfers. Just when I was ready to give up my dream, I did a frozen transfer of my last few embryos. Two weeks later I found out I was pregnant with my miracle son, Eric.
Eric is now 15 years old and is an honor student and very talented musician. Eric has won numerous academic and music awards and has been selected to play with the Long Island Festival of Strings and the elite Gemini Youth Orchestras. He performed at both Bolton and Lincoln Centers last spring, and will do so again this year.
Without the care and support from the doctors, nurses and staff at Long Island IVF, I would never have fulfilled my dream. In fact, my personal experience at LIIVF inspired me to become a nurse. I am very thankful to work for a place that helped fulfill both my dreams!!
I started my journey at LIIVF as an employee. After a few years, I tried to start my own family. I found out I had endometriosis when I was in my early 20's, and knew that getting pregnant could be difficult. The doctors here are so wonderful they always managed to keep my patient and employee status separate. I can't say that it was easy, my journey had much blood, sweat, and tears involved. But I knew in my heart I couldn't give up. My husband and family supported me every step of the way, as did my LIIVF family, to whom I am forever grateful. When the day finally came that I became pregnant, it was a dream come true. My little miracle, Victoria Faith, was the best BONUS anyone could ever wish for. This summer in July we celebrated Tori's Sweet 16 with family and friends on a one-week cruise to Bermuda. Tori is a wonderful young lady now, a Junior in high school just starting to look into colleges, which is very exciting. During the summer, she works at the YMCA as a counselor to young children, and loves it. Watching her grow from a little girl into a beautiful young woman has been life changing, and I'm so proud of her and so very grateful.
My advice for all patients just starting their journey is to never give up on your dream of being a parent. Take it one day at a time, be there for each other, laugh, love, and remember, it's all about the journey.
I started IVF way back in the â€œdark ages.â€� It was 1992, and as a poor stimulator, my odds of conceiving were a bleak 17%. After three failed IUIs, I ended up doing seven fresh IVF cycles (one being a GIFT/ET) to build my family. For six years, my life revolved around my treatment and researching infertility treatment developments... which wasn't easy before the Internet. My obsession led to a career change and I became a medical assistant-- for LIIVF. Unbelievably... and on my very first day on the job... I had my first positive beta with this angel girl.
Nicolette is not only gifted academically and a member of numerous honor societies, but she has the voice of an angel and a passion for the arts. Pictured here at her recent Sweet 16, Nicolette belongs to several select choirs and vocal ensembles at her school and has already performed at Carnegie Hall. She has appeared in over 30 regional theatre productions to date and plans to pursue a career in theatre and music. A Girl Scout Ambassador, Nicolette is also currently working on her Gold Award. Believe in miracles.
She may not know how to read yet, but if you give her a book, she will create the most extraordinarily detailed story with a beginning, middle, and end, just by looking at the pictures. She may not be an architect, but if you give her a set of Legos, she will build the most unusual tower that you've ever seen. She may not be a politician, but if you ask her who her best friend in school is, she will always be diplomatic and say, "all of them." Abigail is inquisitive with never ending curiosity, energetic with no bounds, and filled with overflowing love. Since August 23, 2010, Abby has given my life an abundance of joy and overwhelming pride. I cannot wait to see what is yet to come.
I always knew I wanted children, although I never knew just how badly I wanted to be a mother until I met my amazing husband. After our 1st wedding anniversary, we knew that yet another month had passed without the news we were hoping for. We decided to make an appointment with my OB/GYN, knowing we might need a little help. After a few procedures (2 HSGs and one laparoscopic surgery) to determine what we were really up against, we picked a specialist and did quite a number of IUIs without success. After a year we began to lose hope, but I couldn't sit still for long. I researched all of the specialists in our area and found East Coast Fertility (now merged with Long Island IVF) and decided to give it one more try.
On Friday, May 1st 2009, we had our eggs retrieved. We got the call the following day that we had 5 fertilized eggs. Two weeks later, I was at work when I got a voicemail from Dr. Pena. Our entire long, difficult journey flashed before my eyes. When he said I was pregnant, our future immediately wiped away all of the past. Now, flashing before my eyes, like a big bright neon light was the word FAMILY... FAMILY... FAMILY! We did it! We are going to be a family!
On January 9th, 2010 we gave birth to Robert (his friends call him Bobby!). At 12:21 AM I first looked into the eyes of my son. This picture was taken on our first Christmas together... a day that truly stands out to me as a major milestone in our lives. It was just so surreal, thinking that just two years before, I truly felt I might never be here. In this house. Sitting here with a child. Our child. I am forever, forever, forever grateful. He is now almost 5 years old. He has mommy's eyes and daddy's chin. He has the most infectious laugh. He loves to dance and he loves pre-k! I can't get enough of him. He has a great sense of humor and I can't imagine what my life would be like without him.
Infertility hurts, whether you're trying for your first or your fourth, pain is pain, heartbreak is heartbreak. Surround yourself with people who understand. Take advantage of the amazing support available to you at Long Island IVF. If you feel like you're alone, you'll be surprised just how many people are in the same boat. The people "in this boat" are some of the strongest people I've ever met.
My biggest wish right now is to make my son a big brother. He would just be so wonderful at it, so we're jumping back on the bumpy road and will be doing it with Long Island IVF. Wish us luck... sending whoever is reading this right now buckets and buckets of baby dust!
Sebastian, Samuel, and Lucas
I first embarked on my journey with LIIVF and Dr. Kenigsberg in 2003. I am a single mother, by choice, and I used a sperm donor. I was unable to get pregnant for two years with ICIs and IUIs, and decided to do IVF. I became pregnant with twins boys born in 2004. They are the best things that ever happened to me. I love being their mom. Years passed, but I did not donate my frozen embryos, thinking that someone close to me would need them. That never happened, so in the beginning of 2013, I decided to try to get pregnant again. It was successful, and I now have another beautiful little boy. Dr. Kenigsberg, my nurse Pat, and the staff at the Stony Brook and Patchogue offices were very friendly and helpful, answering any questions that I had. I am forever grateful to God, and to Dr. Keningsberg as well for having the scientific knowledge to freeze embryos and have them be viable ten years later! I am also thankful that LIIVF did not deny me services based on my age or my single status. I am 46 now, and my twin boys are very happy to have a younger brother in their life. My one son even tells me that his new little brother is the best thing that ever happened to him.
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