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Fertility Doctor of the Month: Jane L. Frederick, M.D., FACOG
Jane L. Frederick, M.D., FACOG, HRC Fertility, Fullerton, CA
Dr. Frederick, who sees patients at three Orange County, California, offices, was named one of the top 10 percent of reproductive endocrinologists in the country by her peers according to U.S. News & World Report. And her patients eagerly praise her as well, saying:
- “Dr. Frederick is one of the most compassionate doctors I have ever met.”
- “Dr. Frederick listens to what your concerns are, she explains in detail what your options are … We have conceived two beautiful children with a third on the way, all thanks to Dr. Frederick!”
- “With an excellent bedside manner and wonderful professional approach I felt immediately comfortable at her clinic.”
- “Her approach was ethical, encouraging, no pressure, and she was upfront about success rates. She never guaranteed anything but was encouraging and never made us feel like we were wasting time, effort, or prayers."
Dr. Frederick has been practicing reproductive medicine for more than 20 years. “I have a pulse on what’s changed,” she says. And her practice has evolved with those changes. That includes advances in genetic testing, ways to measure women’s reproductive capacity, egg freezing and family balancing — treating patients who desire one last child of a specific gender. Her practice has also had to keep up with the obesity epidemic because these patients are having a harder time getting pregnant and keeping a pregnancy. In addition, she helps gay couples build families through egg donation and surrogacy, and sperm donation for lesbians. “We provide this technology to everyone, not just married couples,” she says.
“Infertility is a disease and everyone is entitled to treatment,” Dr. Frederick says. “The financial part can be tough, but I wish we could get the word out that not everybody has to do IVF.” Options include timed intercourse, laparoscopy, HSG and low-tech treatments. “Only a few number of patients in the country need IVF,” she says.
“We need to empower the patient to take control, to say, ‘I’m infertile and I’m seeking help…’”
There is a guiding philosophy to Dr. Frederick’s practice. “From day one, I encourage patients to be part of the team,” she says. “It’s about me advising them and giving information and knowledge, and a plan that works for that couple. We talk about treatment options, and they are part of the decision-making tree.”
“It’s a big factor for me to be a good listener," she continues. "They need to let me know how they feel, how comfortable they are moving to the next step. I also have to help them know, ‘When is enough enough?’ We need to understand if and when they should move to adoption, egg donation or living childfree. I encourage my patient to call and email me. I’m working with them, not at them; we’re on the same team,” she adds.
Dr. Frederick finds great joy in work in the field of reproductive medicine. “I love this field and am blessed," she says. " We have an annual baby reunion, and I must have [helped couples have] 2,000 babies by now. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
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