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stage, and the couple would
have to wait and try again in
another cycle."
Once the embryos are plac-
ed into the mother, it will be
two . weeks until it can be
known if pregnancy took
place. They were the longest
weeks in her life, Susan Grey
said. "We were literally pac-
ing the floor. Then Dr. Brin-
ton called, and I didn't hear
anything past 'Congratula-
tions.' "
Susan was one of the lucky
20 to 25 percent who conceive
through IVF, Dr. Brinton
said.
"Each time, the odds are
the same. However, more peo-
ple get pregnant during the
first cycle than on subequent
cycles. It's expensive. Each cy-
cle costs $4,000 and it's usual-
ly not covered by insurance.
We make it a point of telling
patients that it is stressful
and they ought to have sup-
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plain about their pregnan-
cies. I gained 60 pounds and
was so gigantic I couldn't
walk, but I was just so happy
to be like everybody else."
' Treating a patient who
becomes pregnant through
IVF also is memorable for the
doctors involved.
Dr. Lenny Hutton and his
partners, Dr. ,Steven Migdal
and Dr. Harold Leach, have
handled about 15 IVF pa-
tients, including Michele
L'Esperence, who last
January became the mother
of quintuplets.
"Most obstetricians become
obstetricians because we're
enamored with the process of
birth," Dr. Hutton said. "It's
a miraculous process, and it's
even more special when you
help somebody who has tried
for so long to have a baby.
"One patient tried for seven
years, and made me the god-
father of her baby. What more
terrific honor could you have
than to participate in
somebody else's joy and
nachas?"
For Susan and Brad Grey,
their son Steven is more than
nachas. "He's a real miracle,"
Susan said.
"There were 120 people at
our bris," she said. "We
wanted everybody to
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which stimulates the ovaries
to release eggs, sometimes
resulting in too many
developing embryos.
Cryopreservation may be the
answer.
At Hutzel Hospital, a case
of selective termination was
performed before the
cryopreservation technique
was instituted, said Dr.
Charla Blacker, a member of
the IVF team. Since then,
many patients have made use
of the new process.
"With cryopreservation, it
is possible to fertilize multi-
ple eggs and then freeze all in
excess of the three or four
needed to try to achieve a
pregnancy," Dr. Blacker
explained.
"This is something we
discuss in advance with the
patient. If a pregnancy is not
achieved during one cycle, the
patient can try again without
having to undergo further
treatment and surgery. And
most couples want more than
one child. Although this is a
new technology, there seems
to be no limit on the time we
can freeze an embryo."

Cryopreservation does not
present a problem for Jewish
ethics, Dr. Rosner said. It is
simply a step further in freez-
ing sperm or eggs for patients
undergoing treatment for
leukemia or other cancers,
something he has routinely
done in his practice.
Rabbi Lane Steinger of
temple Emanu-El agrees that
cryopreservation is permitted
by Jewish ethics.
"The fertilized egg would
not be considered an indepen-
dent person while outside of
the mother's body," he said.
"If the process of IVF is the
best chance to lead to
pregnancy, the loss of some
fertilized ova is part of the
process and is not reprehensi-
ble."
Yet Rabbi David Nelson of
Congregation Beth Shalom
sees a multitude of issues
that must be resolved.
"This is replete with pro-
blems," he said. "The pro-
blems are so many that I can't
count them. This is the cut-
ting edge of technological
change in society. To apply
the methodology of Jewish

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