Seeds of Success: The Gerhart Family

Anne Marie and Lee knew they wanted a baby. But they also knew they were having trouble conceiving, and no doctor seemed to know what was wrong.

“The first practice that we went to, we felt more like a number because it was a very large practice that had a lot of patients,” Anne Marie said. “It was very impersonal; we didn’t get a lot of communication from our physician directly. It was kind of like an assembly line.”

That was when a friend recommended Reproductive Associates of Delaware. The friend was a former patient and had found success with RAD. At the time, Anne Marie was seeing another reproductive endocrinologist and was not having very much success, so the couple agreed to schedule an appointment at RAD and met with Dr. Adrienne Neithardt.

Anne Marie Gerhart

I will never forget that appointment. My husband came with me and we actually went to the office in Wilmington for the initial consult. It was late in August; I had recently had a miscarriage. It was a very emotional time.

Anne Marie said Dr. Neithardt was incredibly welcoming and extremely thorough. She looked through her files and examined sections of her medical history no other doctor had considered before. After concluding Anne Marie had an abnormal thyroid issue and polycystic ovary syndrome, Dr. Neithardt referred Anne Marie to a endocrinologist.

“I feel like if I hadn’t had that referral, I still would be having fertility issues and I am not sure we would have my daughter today because of that,” Anne Marie said. “We had a wonderful experience with Dr. Neithardt. I felt like I was finally getting some answers. I really felt like she truly listened to us and really tried to get to the bottom of what was causing my infertility.”

Anne Marie came back to RAD after her thyroid treatment to have two intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles, which ended up being unsuccessful. The couple then elected to do an IVF cycle under the IVF For ME™ program in RAD’s Family of Services.

During the process, Anne Marie developed ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and on the day of her transfer, learned she would have to undergo a frozen transfer. After speaking with Dr. Ronald Feinberg, the couple also elected to have pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) to increase Anne Marie’s chance of getting pregnant.

“Dr. Feinberg gave me so much information about PGS testing and after talking with my husband, we decided it was really something we wanted to do since we knew we were having the frozen transfer,” Anne Marie said.

Her first transfer was successful and the couple had a healthy delivery. Anne Marie said the hardest part of the whole process was the physical and mental toll fertility care puts on your body.

“It can really affect all aspects of your life. In the very beginning, it was hard. I didn’t understand—you feel like, ‘What is wrong with me?’” she said. “As you go through the process, you learn so much just by being educated by all the people at RAD. You learn so much, you almost feel like an expert in the topic.”

“After the first trimester, we were sad that we wouldn’t be able to see everyone on a weekly basis,” she added. “The easy, fun part was going to the appointments, seeing the people, and knowing I was in the best care.”

Anne Marie said the most important thing is to stay positive during fertility care.

Anne Marie Gerhart

I will never forget that appointment. My husband came with me and we actually went to the office in Wilmington for the initial consult. It was late in August; I had recently had a miscarriage. It was a very emotional time.

Anne Marie and Lee returned to RAD in 2015 to continue building their family. Lia became a big sister in October 2016 when they welcomed Luca to their now family of four.

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Nicole C. G.

★★★★★

"We had a wonderful experience working with Reproductive Associates of Delaware. Our doctor was so sweet, informative and helpful with all of our questions. The front desk, it’s always nice to be greeted by a friendly smiling face."

Jessica

★★★★★

"RAD heard my hopes, dreams, and wishes and led me toward them while holding my hand. My dream came true. I was guided to a beautiful baby girl! It took less than a year for my pregnancy to begin and it was successful. This was the best decision I ever made. Thank you, RAD!"

Christa C.

★★★★★

"From the beginning our team was determined to find a way for my husband and I to complete our family. All the RAD staff was knowledgeable and truly cared for us. We wish we could have continued with them after our baby hit 12 weeks. We thank them daily in our prayers for giving us our beautiful baby girl!"

Shaun

★★★★★

"We will be forever grateful for the wonderful care we received at RAD! Dr. Feinberg took the time to listen and create a plan we were comfortable with. The whole team was amazing and truly care about their patients. You have exceeded our expectations. Thank you!!"

Jaqueline M.

★★★★★

"Thanks to Reproductive Associates of Delaware, we have the most perfect addition to our family. The help and support the whole staff gave us was indescribable. We never once lost hope because of them. We will be forever grateful to each and every person we worked with during our journey."

Hira

★★★★★

"Dr. Neithardt was amazing. She explained in great detail all the options we had and put us at ease about the entire process. Everyone has been amazing and I have absolutely no complaints. Today I am 17 weeks pregnant and we only have Dr. Neithardt and her wonderful team at RAD to thank."

Michelle H.

★★★★★

"They are the most amazing team of doctors and care coordinators. After having started at another facility I was so happy to come to RAD. They are truly amazing, never make you feel like just a number and have empathy and compassion every step of the way. They also get the job done! Thanks RAD!"

Anonymous On FertilityIQ

★★★★★

"Dr. McGuirk is a very holistic doctor. She doesn’t just treat the fertility issues. She also points out personal health ideas (juicing, whole 30) to help heal/treat the whole patient. She is honest and open. Be open minded and trust in her process. This is a marathon, not a sprint! Dr. McGuirk will be with you the whole way."

Teresa P.

★★★★★

"I will never be able to put into words how thankful we are for RAD. Rhonda was there every step of the way as we were going through the process. Everyone was so welcoming and patient as we asked questions. We were blessed with a daughter, who is now three. I have already recommended and will continue to recommend RAD to people who need help growing their family!"

Lauren

★★★★★

"There are not enough kind words to say about RAD generally, and Dr. Bachman specifically. My personal well-being was always at the core of my treatment. I received honest, straight-forward advice that empowered me to make my own decisions. And thanks to RAD I have the family I always dreamed of."

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