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Long Island IVF’s Extreme Family Building Makeover Free Micro-IVF Winner is…

By Tracey Minella

September 4th, 2012 at 7:19 am

I can’t sleep tonight. It’s 1:00 a.m. now and I know that many of the eligible winners are tossing in their sleep, too. 

I am torn between extreme sadness for the wonderful entries that weren’t chosen as the Grand Prize winner this year…and the extreme happiness I feel for the entrant who was chosen as this year’s Grand Prize winner . She will be getting a knock on her front door in about 5 hours. It turns out that this year, the winner is a local woman. In the past, we’ve had local and out-of-state winners. We’ve had winners for videos and winners for essays. This year, we have a secondary infertility winner for the first time. 

I soooo wish I could be there for the moment the prize is awarded, but I can tell you what I expect will happen. I’ll paint you a picture of it. I won’t post this until I know she’s been told though, so it’ll be after8:00I bet. 

Dr. Pena and some of the Long Island IVF staff, and a video crew have synchronized their watches and will sneak up the front lawn of the winner’s home at precisely 7:00 am. They will have balloons and probably a giant “free micro-IVF” certificate (like the fake “checks” lottery winners are presented) in hand. Maybe a local news reporter will even drop by. 

Ding. Dong. Will she be awake? Asleep? Presentable? 


Of course, she’ll be home. I hope she is surprised. I hope winning makes it easier for her to drive by the bus stops tomorrow. I hope she smiles for a month. Or two. Or nine. 

Congratulations to Jessica for “We’ll NEVER Stop Hoping”, for winning the Grand Prize free micro-IVF cycle! View…and share… her AMAZING winning video here: 

Thank you to all who entered the contest this year. We were touched by your infertility stories and grateful that you chose to share them. Please do not give up on your dream. This year’s winner, Jessica, did not win last year’s contest, but she came back and tried again this year. She even entered both an essay and a video! Though you may understandably be disappointed, we hope you join us at Long Island IVF in wishing Jessica and Rob good luck as they embark on the next step in their family-building journey. And we hope that if you haven’t conceived before the next contest, that you will enter again next year. 

Please stay tuned for upcoming contests, raffles and give-aways, plus news on grant programs, studies, and other financially-friendly programs for family-building at Long Island IVF. The best way not to miss them is to bookmark this blog or like us on Facebook. 

Become a regular contributor here and get to know us; let us get to know you and tell us what you need so we can do our best to provide it. One of our Facebook fans made a great suggestion and we’re working on a new contest based on it. So talk to us… and to each other. This is your space.

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If you could pick the next contest, what would it be and what would the prize(s) be?


Does Your Boss Know You’re TTC?

By Tracey Minella

June 4th, 2012 at 9:40 am

The only thing worse than going through infertility is the stress of keeping it a secret. Especially from your boss.

Some women may be open about it to family and close friends, but even they don’t tell their employers. They fear it could cost them future promotions or even their jobs. Or their health insurance.

Some women with structured, inflexible jobs suffer incredible stress over trying to schedule their morning blood work and sonograms and fertility-related procedures. Teachers often have to wait until big school breaks or summer vacations to do IVF.

To be fair, some employers would be very supportive if they knew.

If you missed my blog on Saturday, check it out to see just how supportive an employer can be. Mine not only knew I was trying to conceive, they were helping to make it happen! Obviously, that’s an extremely rare exception.

If IVF is in your future, please consider entering our contest to win a FREE Micro-IVF cycle. The details are right here on the April 23, 2012 blog. Enter today!!!!!!! A prior winner in Georgia tucks her baby in bed each night. You could be next. And stay tuned for the announcement of the first early entry winner from April/May this week.

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Have you told your employer about your infertility struggles? If so, how did it go? Are you glad or do you regret it? Please share your experience here to help others who aren’t sure if they should tell or not.

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Spending a Beautiful Weekend at the Fertility Clinic

By Tracey Minella

May 20th, 2012 at 12:13 am


Finally, the warm weather has arrived. The bulky sweaters have been shed (we won’t mention winter’s added pounds that need to go with them!)

And where are you on this sunny Sunday morning?

Stuck in the R.E.’s office being, well…stuck.

Stuck with a sono wand. Stuck with a needle. Stuck listening to the cries of another woman’s child as she sits in the waiting room trying to complete her family.

Well, how can we put a positive spin on this?

First, tell yourself that there is nothing… nothing… more important to be doing than what you are doing right now. Seriously, creating a baby trumps a barbeque any day. Tap into the hope that is around you. The promise of potential success. Embrace it.

Then, remind yourself that while it’s unfair that you have to go through all of this to have a child (when others can flirt and get pregnant), that you are luckier than those who need the same treatment but either have no insurance coverage or cannot afford it. Yes, it’s a small consolation, and it’s still a huge financial sacrifice, but it’s an opportunity that some don’t have. If you try to look at it that way, it may take some of the sting off.

Now, plan to make the most of the remainder of the day. Get out and do something in the sun. Vitamin D from the sun can even give your fertility a boost! Maybe do some planting or gardening. Some people love growing things and getting in touch with nature. (Plus digging is a great stress release!)

Maybe something more relaxing is more your speed? Read a book outside, walk on the beach. Get those toes in the sand. Consider a pampering pedicure. Go wild with a toe ring. Even something as small as that can give you a boost.

The point is to take some time for yourself. Do some positive visualization. Maybe even enter our Extreme Family-Building Makeover Contest and try to win the Grand Prize of a free micro-IVF cycle valued at $3,900.00! See entry details on the April 23, 2012 blog post! 

And remember…there are worse places to be spending a few hours on a Sunday afternoon…you could be stuck at a baby shower.

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What do you do on the weekends during treatment? Any rewards? Any tips on how to get through weekends at the doctor’s office?

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Win a FREE Basic Micro-IVF Cycle in Long Island IVF’s “Extreme Family-Building Makeover” Contest!

By Tracey Minella

April 23rd, 2012 at 11:18 am


Long Island IVF kicked off National Infertility Awareness Week with another “Extreme Family-Building Makeover” Contest, where the Grand Prize is a free Micro-IVF cycle*, valued at $3,900.00!

 That’s right…one lucky woman will win the ultimate chance at starting or building her family. All from the practice that brought Long Island its very first IVF baby, first cryo baby, and first donor egg baby! Imagine it.

A prior free Micro-IVF contest winner tucks her baby boy into bed in Georgia! So winners can come from anywhere!

Will YOU be next?

Contest Rules are in this post!!! Enter essays right here or follow the instructions for video entries below!

At Long Island IVF, we’ve been building families every day since 1988. How many other fertility practices can boast that several of their medical and support staff were also previously infertility patients of their practice?! I’m just one of them! We totally “get it” when it comes to the emotional roller coaster you’re on. And we encourage you to check out our success rates.

You can enter the contest in two ways: (1) by an essay on our The Fertility Daily blog; and/or (2) by a video entry to our YouTube channel. All entries must be submitted in accordance with the rules herein in order to be eligible to win. So be sure to read to the very end of this post for all of the rules and details!

We are seeking out the most emotional or entertaining essays and home-made amateur videos, showing us why you need an Extreme Family-Building Makeover from Long Island IVF. Make us laugh with you or cry with you. Tell your story straight from the heart. No need to be Shakespeare or Spielberg. Just be you. And follow the rules, of course.

The contest will run from April 23, 2012 through August 26, 2012. Winner of the Grand Prize will be announced on September 4th… the day after Labor Day. If it’s geographically possible, you may even find out in person! Check out the video of Dr. Kreiner announcing last year’s winner at

Monthly Early Entry Incentives:

In addition to the Grand Prize, we will award a series of smaller prizes and/or gift cards, each valued at $20.00 or more, each month (in May, June , July and August) to the essay entry AND the video entry that gets the most comments. Being a monthly winner (or not) does not affect your ability to win the Grand Prize in any way as the Grand Prize will be chosen by a panel of Long Island IVF doctors and staff from among all essay and video entries submitted.

Monthly winners will be announced in the beginning of the following month. (So, look for the May winners in early June, the June winners in early July, etc.)  The Grand Prize winner of the free basic Micro-IVF cycle, valued at $3,900.00, will be announced right after “Labor Day”. All winners will be announced right here on TheFertilityDaily blog. And… depending on where the Grand Prize Winner lives… possibly in person!

It’s easy to enter:

For Essay Entries:

You must enter online (no mail-in or handwritten entries) by commenting/replying to this April 23, 2012 Contest post on TheFertilityDaily blog at

  1. You can enter with your real name or a user name.
  2. There is no minimum or maximum words requirement as long as it fits as an online comment on the blog.
  3. The essay MUST include the words “Long Island IVF” at least once in the first 25 words, and must address what winning a free Micro-IVF cycle from LIIVF would mean to you.
  4. Do not include any video or photos or images with your essay entry.
  5. You may enter more than one essay or video.
  6. If you choose to do so, you may share your entry on your own social media platforms, but such sharing is NOT required for entry or participation or to win any early entry or Grand Prize.
  7. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Facebook.  All entrants or participants completely release Facebook for any claims. Participants are disclosing their entry information to LIIVF, not Facebook. You may not enter on LIIVF’s Facebook (since this is not a Facebook Contest). You must enter essay entries on the blog TheFertilityDaily (or for video entries, on YouTube as outlined herein).


For Video Entries:

    1. Create a 3 min (MAX) video about why you deserve or what it would mean to win a free Micro –IVF cycle “Extreme Family Building Makeover” from Long Island IVF (video must be smaller than 2GB, and in accordance with You Tube accepted formats: WebM files, .MPEG4, 3GPP,  MOV files, .AVI, .MPEGPS, .WMV, .FLV – Please see for additional info).
    2. Your video must mention the words “Long Island IVF” at least twice if there are any words spoken, or alternatively, must legibly display the words “Long Island IVF” at least twice.
    3. Upload the video to your You Tube account. It’s easy and free! And be sure to name your video (Ex. “HopefulBaby”) prior to sending us the link. In the “Video Information” section, insert the name of the video in the “title” section; and then in the “description” section insert; and finally in the “tags” section insert the following tags: “Micro-IVF”, “Long Island IVF”, “free Micro-IVF contest”. YOU MAY NOT CHANGE THE NAME OF YOUR VIDEO AFTER YOU SEND US THE LINK TO IT SO CHOOSE WISELY. (Note: if you already have gmail, you can use a gmail login, but your user name on youtube will be the same as your gmail account name so be warned that you may lose your anonymity if you do.) Really, just open the free account, click the “upload” button and browse for your file!
    4.  Send us the link for your video by email to:, along with your name, address, and contact information, including phone number(s).
    5. After we pre-screen entries, we will then post the videos under “Favorites” on Long Island IVF’s You Tube channel at, where you can share the video on your social media platforms (like Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and encourage your friends and family to view your submission–only if you want to. Sharing is NOT a requirement and doing so or not doing so will not affect your ability to win any early entry or Grand Prize herein. Note: You cannot enter by posting a video entry (or essay entry) on LIIVF’s Facebook since this is NOT a Facebook contest; BUT you are permitted to share your entry on your own social media platforms if you choose to do so.



      1. You must be 18 or over to enter.
      2. You do NOT have to be a current Long Island IVF patient to enter.
      3. If you have already won a free Micro-IVF cycle from Long Island IVF or East Coast Fertility in the past, you are ineligible to enter.
      4. You must enter by uploading your video or submitting your essay entry in accordance with the above rules for submission.
      5. You can name the video with your real name or some other video name, but once you send us the link, you can not change the video name. All entrants MUST email their names, addresses and contact phone numbers the time you submit an essay entry or at the time you email the link to your video entry or so we can contact you if we have questions or problems viewing your entry and so we can contact you if you ultimately win the Grand Prize. FAILURE TO PROVIDE US THIS INFORMATION UPON ENTERING THE CONTEST (AND UPDATING IT IF THE INFORMATION CHANGES DURING THE CONTEST) MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION OF YOUR ENTRY OR THE AWARDING OF YOUR PRIZE TO ANOTHER ENTRANT.
      6. Do not enter essays or videos on Facebook; if you do that, it will not be considered a valid entry. You may share them there only if you choose to do so, but may not enter them there. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by or associated with Facebook.
      7. All entries meeting the criteria herein will be considered for the Grand Prize and the monthly early incentive prizes. Monthly early incentive prizes for the months of May, June, July and August, will be awarded to the essay on the blog and the video on YouTube that gets the most feedback. Those winners will get a special prize or gift card valued at $20 or greater to be determined by LIIVF. In the event of a tie, or a lack of comments and/or activity, early incentive prize winners will be chosen by a LIIVF panel.
      8. Winner of the Grand Prize Free basic Micro-IVF cycle ($3,900.00 value) will be decided by a panel of LIIVF physicians and staff and the judges’ decisions are final. LIIVF reserves the right at any time to remove and/or disqualify any video(s) or essays with content that LIIVF, in its sole discretion, determines is inappropriate or offensive.
      9. The monthly early incentive prize winners, once announced, can either pick up their prizes or LIIVF will mail them. Failure to provide LIIVF with an address for mailing and an email address at the time of entry as outlined above may result in forfeiture of the prize.
      10. Winner of the Grand Prize Micro-IVF cycle must undergo the Micro-IVF procedure on or before December 31, 2012, unless LIIVF, in its sole discretion grants an extension of time to the winner in writing.   If the winner is or subsequently becomes pregnant at or after the announcement of the winning entry and prior to undergoing the Micro-IVF prize, she will forfeit the prize and LIIVF may award it to another eligible entrant.
      11. The Grand Prize is NOT transferable and may not be redeemed for cash value or for a credit against any other services rendered, past or future.
      12. *The Free Micro-IVF cycle is valued at $3,900.00 and is the basic Micro-IVF cycle offered by LIIVF. It covers the monitoring services of the LIIVF physicians and nurses for the duration of the cycle. It does NOT include the anesthesiologist, if needed, donor gametes, if needed, medications, cryopreservation, if applicable, required lab and screening tests, or other procedures, including but not limited to discretionary embryology services such as ICSI, assisted hatching, embryo glue, co-culture or other surgical or diagnostic procedures beyond the scope of the basic Micro-IVF program, if needed. The winner expressly understands and that these uncovered fees are payable prior to the commencement of treatment. It does not include any travel, lodging, food, or other such expenses.
      13. The LIIVF physician retains the right, based on a review of the winner’s particular medical condition and other related factors, to determine at any time from the initial visit through retrieval and/or transfer, that Micro-IVF is either not medically advisable to commence or, if already commenced, then not medically advisable to continue, in the winner’s case. The denial or cancellation of the Micro-IVF is in the sole discretion of the LIIVF physician, as the patient’s safety and compliance with screening guidelines are of utmost concern. In such a case, the winner understands that LIIVF is under no obligation to provide winner with any substitute prize, or monetary or any other compensation for time, out-of-pocket costs or disbursements or damages of any kind whatsoever.
      14. The grand prize winner must undergo all pre-requisite testing and screening, including physical and psychological testing, which is standard procedure for IVF patients in the ordinary course of LIIVF’s practice, prior to commencing the Micro-IVF cycle. It is possible that some (if not all) of this screening may be done through the winner’s hometown OBGYN, but as noted previously, it is the financial responsibility of the winner to undergo said testing.
      15. The grand prize winner must represent in writing at the time of the initial office visit to discuss commencing the free Micro-IVF cycle, that she does not currently have medical insurance coverage for IVF on any medical plan whether through herself, her partner or spouse, or her parent, or that if she does, the IVF allowance has been exhausted.
      16. By submitting an essay entry or by uploading your video and submitting a video link to LIIVF you represent that you have the full release and express written permission of all persons appearing therein (or their legal representatives or parents/guardians) to upload their video images and names to YouTube, the blog, the website, and/or social media platforms, and have their express written permission for the further distribution, publication, publicity, and use thereof by Long Island IVF , East Coast Fertility, and their agents in LIIVF’s and East Coast Fertility’s blogs, websites, forums, social media platforms, and marketing materials, without limitation and that you indemnify Long Island IVF, East Coast Fertility, and their agents from any violation of privacy or other claims by or on behalf of anyone depicted or appearing in or in any way connected to the video. You further release Facebook from all claims as well.
      17. By submitting an essay entry to the blog or a video entry to You Tube and its link to LIIVF, even by doing so with an unidentifiable name or anonymously, you expressly consent to its further distribution, publication, publicity, and use by Long Island IVF and East Coast Fertility and their agents in their blogs, websites, forums, social media platforms, and marketing materials, including use of your name and images, without limitation and that you indemnify Long Island IVF, East Coast Fertility and their agents from any violation of privacy or other claims by or on behalf of anyone depicted or appearing in or in any way connected to the video or essay. Your submission constitutes your full release. Further, you release Facebook from all claims as well.
      18. Long Island IVF is not responsible for any technical difficulties or malfunctions with respect to You Tube or any of the online sites on which video contest or essay contest entries can be submitted or are publicized on, whether or not same are in the ultimate control of LIIVF or East Coast Fertility.
      19. Further, LIIVF and ECF are not responsible if the identity of an entrant who attempts to enter anonymously is somehow revealed.
      20. It is the responsibility of the entrant to properly and successfully post an entry on You Tube and forward LIIVF the link thereto in a timely manner. Entries will be accepted beginning 12:01 am EST on Monday April 23, 2012 and end at 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, August 26, 2012. In addition, LIIVF reserves the right to modify the rules of the contest up until the Grand Prize is awarded.
      21.  All entrants understand and agree that their actual name (and possibly their likeness) will be revealed if they win the Grand Prize. (For the smaller monthly early incentive prizes, winners will be announced online by the names they chose to enter under, either user names or actual names.)
      22. In the event the Grand Prize winner is from the Long Island/Metropolitan area, the winner understands and accepts that a Long Island IVF physician may personally surprise the Grand Prize Winner at their home on the morning of September 4, 2012, and that said moment may be videotaped and distributed without limitation by LIIVF, its agents, or news media.

 Phew!! Glad all that stuff is over!

 So, now that you know what the contest is about, start sending in those essays and videos!

 Remember, be creative! For videos, you can use your regular selves, or consider make-up or costumes. Create a skit. Use family and friends as actors or to give testimonials on your behalf. Maybe use the kids in your life. Camera shy? Consider using nice footage and speaking from off-camera. The straight-forward tear-jerker works too. The possibilities are endless. Make us feel something.

 So lights, camera, action! Or start tapping that keyboard!

 The next family Long Island IVF builds may be yours!

 Good luck everyone! And if you have any issues entering your video or essay, let us know right here and we’ll try to help.

 We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!

HELPFUL HINT FOR ESSAY ENTRIES: Please take the time to gather and organize your thoughts and emotions. You may find it helpful to write your essay entry as a word doc, put it aside for a day or so, go back and review it (grammar and spell-check it) and make any changes or additions, then…when you’re happy with it…cut and paste it as a comment to this post. That way you put forth your very best and give yourself the best chance to win the substantial Grand Prize that we’re offering. You will also wind up with a beautiful keepsake to reflect upon (or hopefully show future children) what you felt and went through while trying to conceive.



A Note From Last Year’s Free IVF Contest Winner…

By Tracey Minella and Melissa H

August 25th, 2011 at 12:00 am

The Georgia woman who won a free Micro-IVF cycle from East Coast Fertility on Long Island, New York, last summer dropped Dr. Kreiner an email in May to update him on her beautiful 6 week old miracle baby. She has consented to our sharing her note with you, but we have removed her last name for privacy reasons.

I’ve been saving this note since then to use at just the right time. And the time is now.

She took the time last summer to write an essay. She tucks a little boy in at night now.

What more motivation do you need to try to win this year’s free micro-IVF cycle?

This current contest requires a short video. What better keepsake of your infertility journey could you have, even if you did not win the romantic dinner or the free micro-IVF? The link to the rules is below. You have until this Sunday, August 28th to submit your entry.

Here’s Melissa’s Note:

“On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 1:36 PM, Melissa XXXX <> wrote:

Hello Dr. Kreiner!

I just wanted to give you an update on our baby which we conceived from the free MicroIVF cycle you gave us last summer! Leo Sebastien H. will be 6 weeks old tomorrow, and he is doing fantastic! He was born at 39 weeks and was 8 pounds 11 ounces, 21 inches long! He’s already gained more than three pounds and three inches since then. I’m attaching a few photos of him at 2 weeks and one taken in the OR just after he was born. He’s the best baby ever–he’s so alert and easy going. Everyone who meets him is very impressed by him. I just can’t believe our trip to Long Island last summer resulted in such a gorgeous, wonderful baby boy! I can’t thank you enough for your generosity or your expertise in performing the procedure. Thank you so much! David and I are soooo happy.

Melissa H

P.S. I recall you saying that I had the best response to the Clomid/MicroIVF protocol you all had ever seen (I produced several eggs, though we could only retrieve from one ovary. We got 3 eggs from that ovary, but only 1 fertilized–it only took one, luckily!). I was just turning 36 years old at the time. If we were to try for another baby in a year, say summer of 2012, I would be 37 years old going on 38. If my eggs are still good quality then, do you think I might be a suitable candidate for another MicroIVF ? I would really like to come back to you for the procedure, too, since I had such a positive experience at your clinic (as a paying client next time, of course)…”

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Someone…somewhere in the world… is going to be the lucky winner of a free Micro-IVF cycle. Others will win dinner gift certificates. Go charge that camcorder. Now.

Here’s the link to the August 1, 2011 rules post:

Your baby could be only a 3 minute video away. Enter today.

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Free Videographer for Contest Entrants!

By Tracey Minella

August 8th, 2011 at 12:00 am

East Coast Fertility wants everyone who is interested in winning a free micro-IVF cycle to enter our video contest this month. And we want to make it as easy as we can for you to do it.

While reminiscing about my first camcorder purchase I realized I had no memory of it…because my husband bought it without me there…right after I gave birth to our IVF baby and before we took her home. What if the patients want to enter, but don’t have a camcorder yet?! I worried. Or what if they do, but the idea of uploading a video is too frustrating… even with such a great prize on the line.

How can we remove the obstacles and frustration???


The good news is that folks who want to enter the contest can make an appointment, prepare their script, and come on down to ECF’s Plainview office on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 16, 2011 to shoot your video.

We are providing…free of charge…a professional videographer! You will have up to three “takes” or 15 minutes to make a 3 minute maximum video …and will have privacy for recording it. We will even help with the uploading.

Appointments will be first come-first served with the first appointment being 6:00 pm and all subsequent ones working backwards in 15 minute intervals. (i.e the first person to call gets 6:00, then the next one gets 5:45, then 5:30, etc. ending with whatever the last appointment made is.) That way, we don’t have the videographer waiting around for hours with scheduling gaps. We will stop recording with the 6:00 session so staff can then prepare for the free monthly IVF informational seminar which begins at 6:30 pm.

So, if you are camera shy, you can be anonymous if you are creative with your script. You don’t need a camcorder now and can have a professional shoot your entry for free. And you can have help uploading it.

I think I’ve removed the main obstacles. But remember to check the rules in the August 1, 2011 post of either thefertilitydaily blog or ECF’s Facebook for what must be included in your video.

Pick up the phone or email Lindsay Montello at  in the Plainview office as soon as possible to grab your spot while they last.

Your baby may be a three minute video away.

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For further details about this contest and your chances to win a free micro-IVF cycle, plus other great prizes, go to blog’s August 1, 2011 entry or ECF’s Facebook page from August 1, 2011. Contest is open until August 28, 2011.

Does ECF’s offering of a free videographer and uploading assistance affect your decision to enter the contest? Why or why not?

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