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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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZT0bLI53B8I

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 http://blog.longislandivf.com/

  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).
  8. SEE ADDITIONAL RULES BELOW!

 

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 YouTube.com 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 http://www.longislandivf.com; 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: dankreiner@liivf.com, 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 http://www.youtube.com/ecfertility, 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.
    6. SEE ADDITIONAL RULES BELOW!

 

  IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE, HERE ARE THE REST OF THE CONTEST RULES:

      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.

 UPDATE SEPT.4, 2012: THE CONTEST IS CLOSED AND A WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED AND PLEASE FOLLOW THE BLOG FOR FUTURE CONTESTS.

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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 <melissaXXXXX@gmail.com> 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: http://www.eastcoastfertility.com/about/blog/blog-entry/archive/2011/august/article/ecfs-extreme-family-building-makeover-video-contest/?tx_ttnews%5Bday%5D=01&cHash=a6f7a8f9f3d38be671d74bd524251f81

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

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Are Your Eggs and Embryos Earthquake-Proof?

By Tracey Minella

August 24th, 2011 at 12:00 am

Long Island’s earthquake yesterday came as quite a shock. Of course, technically speaking it was really Virginia’s earthquake, but it shook our little island …and that makes it our quake, too.

Most of us probably haven’t had the ground fall out from under our feet since our infertility diagnoses were delivered. And frankly, that’s all the earth –shaking news anyone should ever have to bear.

Those of us who have kids may have panicked a bit if they weren’t with us when the quake hit. I admit to making a phone call to my daughter’s camp, sorta casually inquiring if the building was still standing. My son was safe with me away from the spinning chandelier.

But what about the embryos???

Images of embryologists John, Maria, and Sharlene diving over Petri dishes, firing up generators, hugging incubators, and throwing their bodies in front of freezers like the secret service agents protecting the president…flashed before my eyes. (Yep, I can be overdramatic.)

So I called the office just to check on the damages… for you guys, of course.

Dr. Kreiner assured me that there were no ill effects from the earthquake. “All eggs, embryos, incubators, freezers and generators are secure”. Then he rolled his eyes and laughed at me. Of course I didn’t actually see him do it, but I know he did.

So I am happy to report that your embryos and eggs are officially earthquake-proofed in the secure hands of East Coast Fertility. Just one more reason to sleep soundly tonight. At least until the after shocks…

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So, where were you when it happened? Did you realize it? Did you think we were under attack like some people in Washington and NYC did? What did you do?

And have you entered our contest to win a romantic dinner or a free micro-IVF cycle yet? You have til 8/28! See the August 1st post for details!

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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???

BINGO!

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 lmontello@eastcoastfertility.com  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 www.thefertilitydaily.com 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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Free IVF Winning Spot Opens…Ya Snooze, Ya Lose

By Tracey Minella

June 3rd, 2011 at 12:45 am

Did you ever think that any of the five winners of East Coast Fertility’s April essay contest would NOT claim their prize?

Do you remember what happens in such an event?

That’s right…a new winner is chosen to take her place. To take her copy of Jodi Picoult’s book Sing You Home. To take her spa finder gift card. To take her spot of being eligible to win the free micro-IVF cycle we are awarding on Labor Day!

Why there hasn’t been such commotion since the fifth golden ticket turned out to be a fraud and Charlie Bucket got to go to the chocolate factory!

Of course, we have no idea why the prize wasn’t timely claimed, but certainly hope it’s because she conceived and is happily sucking an everlasting gobstopper somewhere in America.

In any event, it is our pleasure to announce that the essay chosen as a replacement winner was from Robin Nichols. Congratulations, Robin! You have ten (10) days to contact Lindsay Montello in the ECF Plainview office to claim your prize.

Be sure to tune in here and on ECF’s Facebook (have you liked us yet?!) on Monday when we announce the rules of the second of our three contests! More prizes. More winners. More people who will be eligible to win that free Micro-IVF grand prize.

You won’t want to miss it!

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And the Winners Are…

By Tracey Minella

May 2nd, 2011 at 4:05 pm


First, ECF would like to thank all the women from all over America who were courageous enough to pen the stories of their infertility journeys by entering our recent contest. And for encouraging your friends and family to read and like or comment on your entries to show their support as well. By doing so, you each helped us to raise public awareness during National Infertility Awareness Week last week.

Thank you for sharing something so personal. You made the panel’s decision very difficult. And while we are excited to ultimately award a free micro-IVF cycle to one patient, we only wish we could start… or finish as the case may be…building all of your families. You are all so deserving.

We were particularly touched by the way you reached out to each other… despite each wanting to win… and hope you all will continue to feel comfortable here at The Fertility Daily blog and find support here and on our faceoffertility forum on your continuing journey.

We encourage all of you who did not win this time to consider entering one of the two upcoming contests. They will be different …very exciting…and will be announced here and on facebook and twitter, so if you haven’t already done so, please like us on facebook and follow us on twitter and bookmark this blog.

In addition, please sign up for our free e-newsletter, which will also have contest details, plus lots of useful information for primary and secondary infertility patients.

The following is a list of the winning five (5) entries from this first contest in a series of three contests. These five women will each receive a copy of Jodi Picoult’s new book, Sing You Home, and a spa finder gift card, plus each of the five winners will be eligible (along with the winners of our next two contests, currently planned for June and August, respectively) to win one grand prize of a free micro-IVF cycle.

The winners in no particular order are:

1. Stephanie W

2. Giselle

3. Jessica U

4. Starburst

5. Tina D

Please email Lindsay Montello at lmontello@eastcoastfertility.com to arrange for pick-up or delivery of your prizes. Contact must be made by email, not phone, for verification purposes. Please note that failure to do so within 30 days from today will result in forfeiture of your prizes (as well as your eligibility to win the free micro-IVF cycle grand prize) and a new winner will be chosen in your place.

Congratulations! Thanks again to all who entered. Please keep trying to win.

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Will You and Your Computer Get Lucky & Win a Free Micro-IVF?

By Tracey Minella

April 25th, 2011 at 12:00 am


First, Happy National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) and if you’re here from ICLW, or stopping by from anywhere else…WELCOME TO OUR BLOG AND PLEASE ENTER OUR CONTEST!

Contest Rules are in this post!!!

At East Coast Fertility, we love building families…and it shows. 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.

So, in celebration of NIAW, we want to honor infertile women everywhere by holding an online essay contest and giving away some great prizes to the winners. The essay must be about your infertility journey and what winning a free Micro-IVF cycle would mean to you.

One winner will be chosen for each day of NIAW (Monday 4/25 through Friday 4/29/11). Each of those five (5) winners will receive these two great prizes: a copy of Jodi Picoult’s new book, Sing You Home, and a Spa Finder gift card, which is redeemable in many locations across the country. The Five winners will be announced right here on TheFertiltiyDaily blog next Monday, May 2, 2011. Winners will have 30 days from May 2, 2011 to claim their prizes or will forfeit their prizes, including the chance to win the micro-IVF cycle, and a replacement winner will be chosen in their place. (Replacement winners will have 10 days to claim prizes from date of the announcment of their win in this blog or will forfeit their prizes.)

But that’s not all! Each of the five (5) winners, along with the winners of two more contests to be held in June and August, will also be eligible to win the one (1) Grand Prize of a FREE MICRO-IVF CYCLE, VALUED AT $3,900.00!!!! The winner of the Grand Prize will be announced on Labor Day!

OKAY. In addition to the above, here’s the rest of the rules:

1.  You must be 18 or over to enter.

2.  You must enter online (no mail-in or handwritten entries).

3.  You can enter with your real name or a user name.

 

4.  You may enter your essay by posting it on only ONE of these ECF sites:

     www.thefertilitydaily.com blog as a reply/comment to THIS POST only!

OR

     www.faceoffertility.com forum

OR

    East Coast Fertility’s local business Facebook page.

DO NOT POST YOUR ESSAY ON ALL THREE SITES. CHOOSE ONLY ONE.

5.  You may enter only one essay, and it will be eligible to win each day of the contest, so enter early for best chances. It can be poignant or humorous, but must be truthful. Make us laugh or cry with you. Just speak from your heart. DO NOT INCLUDE ANY VIDEO OR PHOTOS OR IMAGES WITH YOUR ENTRY!

6.  All entries meeting the criteria herein will be considered. However, if you want to really want to noticed, get your friends and family to “LIKE” your entry post! Winners of all prizes, including the Grand Prize Free Micro-IVF cycle ($3,900.00 value) will be decided by a panel of ECF physicians and staff and the judges’ decisions are final.

7.  The book and spa finder gift card winners can either pick up their prizes or ECF will mail them. Failure to provide ECF with an address for mailing within 30 days of notification of winning will result in forfeiture of the prizes and ECF will have the right to award it to another entrant.

8. Winner of the Grand Prize Micro-IVF cycle must undergo the Micro-IVF procedure on or before December 31, 2011, unless ECF, 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 ECF may award it to another eligible entrant.

9.  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.

10. The Free Micro-IVF cycle is valued at $3,900.00 and is the basic Micro-IVF cycle offered by ECF. It covers the monitoring services of the ECF 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. It does not include any travel, lodging, food, or other such expenses.

11. The ECF 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 ECF physician, as the patient’s safety and compliance with screening guidelines are of utmost concern. In such a case, the winner understands that ECF 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.

12. 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 ECF’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.

13.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.

14. ECF is not responsible for any technical difficulties or malfunctions with respect to any of the three online sites on which essay contest entries can be submitted whether or not same are in the ultimate control of ECF. It is the responsibility of the entrant to properly and successfully post an entry on one of the available sites in a timely manner. Entries will be accepted beginning 12:01 am EST on Monday April 25, 2011 and end at 11:59 pm on Friday, April 29, 2011. In addition, ECF reserves the right to tweak and/or modify the rules of the contest up until the prizes are awarded.

15. The five (5) daily winners will be announced on TheFertilityDaily blog (www.thefertilitydaily.com) on Monday, May 2, 2011.

 

Phew!! Glad all the required legal stuff is over!

So, now that you know what the contest is about, start sending in those essays! The last time we gave away a free Micro-IVF, well, I can’t say the result, but I’m smiling as I’m typing (wink wink!). Will you be next?

If you’re entering on this blog, just post your essay as a comment below this post. Good luck everyone!

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Micro-IVF May Be Your Answer

By Tracey Minella and David Kreiner MD

April 19th, 2011 at 12:00 am


Listen up, people! East Coast Fertility is going to run a contest online next week. Daily prizes will be awarded during National Infertility Awareness Week. By the end of the week, we will announce five (5) winners.

Each of those five lucky people, along with the winners of two upcoming contests in June and August, will have a chance to win the one Grand Prize: A free basic Micro-IVF cycle. The rules and requirements will be posted on this blog and on the ECF website and on the ECF Facebook page, so be sure to bookmark the blog or website and ‘Like’ us on facebook so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Start thinking about your personal infertility journey because…come next Monday…you’re going to need to send it to us to enter the contest. You can use your name or create a user name, whichever you prefer.

So, what better time to check out what the Grand prize involves? Dr. Kreiner of East Coast Fertility explains the process and who can benefit from it:

You’ve already crossed the bridge from “We’re going to get pregnant!” to “We need help…” But this other side looks filled with more obstacles, including expensive and risky fertility medications.

How far do you have to go just to have a baby?

Micro IVF (sometimes called MiniIVF) may be your answer.

The primary point of MicroIVF: fewer fertility drugs, less cost.

Plus you get additional benefits: decreased chances of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and of multiple pregnancies.

Additionally, East Coast Fertility patients who choose MicroIVF can increase their savings if they also use our Single Embryo Transfer Program — embryo freezing, storage, and future frozen embryo transfers are free.

Why go Micro?

I learned long ago that pregnancies of twins, triplets, and more can bring heartache to what should be a joyous journey for fertility patients. So the ECF team has dedicated our practice to the achievement of safe, healthy pregnancies.

IUI or IVF?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is often considered the first order of business for many infertility patients.

Sometimes called “artificial insemination,” the usual protocol — oral and injectable fertility medications to induce superovulation (of more than one egg in a cycle), followed by insemination via exam room procedure — is believed to be simpler and, therefore, less costly than IVF.

That’s just not true any longer.

The facts now are that success rates can be far better for IVF than for IUI, depending on the individual’s or couple’s cause of infertility. Many women undergo several IUI’s before achieving conception.

Some infertility causes — pelvic adhesions/scarring, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, and severe male factor issues — will not respond to IUI but are treatable with IVF.

Even patients who would otherwise try IUI to get pregnant will find that choosing MicroIVF can result in cost savings and greater safety:

Micro IVF fee (current as of April 2011): $3900

ICSI (if required): $1000

Anesthesia (as requested): $550

IUI with hormone injections: $3500 to $4500

Is MicroIVF right for you?

Each patient’s case is considered carefully and individually. The following are conditions that might respond best to MicroIVF:

Young healthy women with PCOS or who otherwise produce many follicles

Women with pelvic adhesions or scarring, blocked fallopian tubes, or endometriosis

Couples with severe male factor infertility

MicroIVF really is a case of a little treatment going a long way! With it, you can access the world’s most successful assisted reproductive technology at far less cost.

So, will YOU win the contest?

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Death, Taxes, Infertility… and a Contest!

By Tracey Minella

April 15th, 2011 at 12:00 am


My mom had many sayings, including, “There’s only two sure things in life: Death and Taxes.” Sounds like a downer, but it comes from a hilarious lady who managed a funeral home and was born on this very day, Income Tax Day. So, of course I always think of that saying… and her… on this day. And I smile.

But that wasn’t always the case.

When you’re fighting infertility, depressing subjects like death, are even more depressing. It’s always hard to lose a parent, but especially so if you don’t have a child of your own yet when it happens. There’s not much lower to go emotionally than being a childless and motherless daughter.

When I lost my mom, it was very early in my long IVF journey. It still hurts 17 years later, but once you have a child, it helps ease the pain. You will see bits of your parents in your kids and feel a special connection…as if they sent this child to you. For those of you suffering in this same way trust me when I say that this phenomenon is going to take your breath away.

Taxes are also a depressing reality. But when you’re TTC, every dollar is important. So in harsh economic times like these, tax time can be especially stressful. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a refund coming, you may not have the luxury of devoting it all to your treatment expenses. I really appreciated my accountant’s creativity when it came to medical deductions. Perhaps yours can help you maximize your refund or decrease your tax debt.

But this post is not going to be a downer! Are you ready for this?

If you’re not getting a refund this year and are wondering how you are going to finance your upcoming treatment, or are postponing your treatment for financial reasons, I have good news for you…

East Coast Fertility is going to release the details of the first contest in a special series of three contests that will be kicking off later this month (in honor of National Infertility Awareness week 4/24-4/30/11) where one grand prize winner (chosen from the winners of the three contests) will receive a free Micro-IVF cycle!! So stay tuned to this blog and like us on facebook for the upcoming details!

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