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Welcome to the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Michael S. Mersol-Barg, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, and learn more about the center and their personalized approach to fertility care.
(Text on screen): Center for Reproductive Medicine and Surgery
300 Park St., Suite 460, Birmingham, MI, 48009, (248) 593-6990
Dr. Michael Mersol-Barg: I'm Mike Mersol-Barg. I'm a reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialist.
And we take care of people and do our best to help them build their families.
When we first meet with couples, I usually go out and greet them, for a few reasons.
Number one is, to be here is an act of courage. To overcome the resistance of "this should have been working."
So, I go out and greet and we come in and it's a real fact-finding mission to start with.
And I really work with our patients to reduce the anxieties that may come when they come in the door,
so they can really begin to think about things.
So, I share the limits of our control. I share the limits of how good our test are,
so folks have an understanding and a better set of expectations, but they also know that there's hope.
And our support group lets them know there's real hope, because many folks come back pregnant
and want to share how it happened and what their struggles were in the process.
And it keeps everyone grounded, and that makes us very special in our field.
There's a real bond to form family. There's a real commitment. There's a true love.
And we feel that for our patients as well and really live this with them.
Even in the moments when it's most difficult, when it seems there's great despair, there really is true hope.
So, supporting them is more than saying it. It's showing it.
Julie Vanderworp: What brought us to Dr. Mersol-Barg is we've been trying to have a baby for 13 years without success.
I mean, I really felt that the doctor's main goal was to get us our baby that we've dreamt about for so many years.
He was as determined as much as we were to realize our dream.
Kelli Kollman: It was very, very trying and I was very defeated and Dr. Mersol-Barg never gave up on us.
It's nice to have somebody make you feel like things are OK and normal and the end result will be this.
Helen Garbuzov: They made us feel like family. I mean, I felt that people cared about me here, like I was their sister or daughter or niece.
I never felt that I was just a number, I was just a dollar figure, or I was just like a patient.
I never even felt like a patient.
They offered that shoulder to cry on and hugs are abundant in this office, for sure.
Bill Vanderworp: You know, there's plenty of times when we had to get bad news, and when they would tell us,
they'd sit there and cry in front of the phone before they picked it up to call us, you know. And that goes a long way.
Helen Garbuzov: Dr. Mersol-Barg kneeled before me and he held my hand and he cried with me.
And I couldn't imagine anybody else doing that.
Dr. Mersol-Barg: When I take care of my patients, we all do here, I think about my patients;
if it were me and my wife Mary Jo going through this, what would I want to know? What do I need to hear?
Renee Schatzberg, RN: When you go through the whole process with a couple, you become very close with them emotionally,
and when it works, it's the most wonderful feeling of all.
Kelli Kollman: It helps through the process having people there that really cared about you as an individual and not just as a patient.
Diane Smith, CMA: We get really bonded to the patients.
And we're on that ride with them, too, so when the end comes and everything is great, it is just phenomenal.
Terri Parker, RN: They want to do everything possible because they want to start their family.
I would say, we give you so much information but we take you through step-by-step.
Keri Larose, embryologist: It's such a rewarding experience for all of us to be a part of and we like to share in that journey.
Alyssa Jones, embryologist: We touch people's lives.
Julie Vanderworp: The office feels like one big family. He was more like a friend than a doctor. Very compassionate.
Dr. Mersol-Barg: I have amazing staff. Our embryologists are the wizards who led to the first baby from a frozen egg in Michigan.
In my view, we have the perfect combination of people and we are applying the most advanced technologies
and it's nice to know that people now can find the best technologies possible right in their own back yard.
And that's what we do here. It makes a difference. It's what our core philosophy is about. It's what my life mission is for.
This is what personalized care really means. It's one thing to talk the talk. It's another to walk it.
And we're absolutely committed to that. We feel it. Our patients feel it. It makes a difference.
And if we really follow that, then the answer is easy. Now, the challenge, and we're up for it, is doing it.
What makes us special: the moment we get a pregnancy test result, what do we do? We all huddle around this phone here at my desk
and we all call the couple and we let them know they're pregnant.
And it's a big party every single time, and it happens a lot.
Alyssa Jones, embryologist: We just all just start screaming, "You're pregnant! Congratulations!"
And it's the best part of the day.
Helen Garbuzov: He called us and he said, "What would you say if I told you you were pregnant?"
Diane Smith, CMA: And we all get to say that magical word: "You're pregnant!"
Staff member: "You're pregnant!"
Diane Smith, CMA: A lot of times some tears are falling because we know the journey that some of the patients have been on.
Julie Vanderworp: All the doctors and nurses were there and the staff and they all said, at one time: "You're pregnant!"
Helen Garbuzov: And we were in shock because we were already trying to prepare ourselves that it's not gonna work again. But it did.
Kelli Kollman: Everyone was so excited. We were so excited. We couldn't believe it. Like, I thought it was a joke at first.
Julie Vanderworp: I mean, it was just amazing. I could not believe it.
Bill Vanderworp: It was a nice evening.
Julie Vanderworp: Oh, it was absolutely amazing.
Dr. Mersol-Barg: These are very special moments for our patients. I get goose bumps sharing it.
And then when we see the heartbeat, it's awesome. When we see movement, arms and legs moving at nine to 10 weeks, it's awesome.
And probably the thing that gets us going and gets me going more than anything else is when I get to hold these little kids in my arms.
Julie Vanderworp: Dream come true.
Bill Vanderworp: We waited a long time.
Julie Vanderworp: We waited a very long time and to have this little guy is just amazing.
Kelli Kollman: And there was a heartbeat and there was two heartbeats. We couldn't believe it.
Bill Vanderworp: A lot of people have their first image of their kid as an ultrasound photo,
but we've actually got a picture of divided cells.
And I think the day that we saw that was a different day. Life changed that day.
Dr. Mersol-Barg: There really is hope. It only takes one sperm, egg, and a healthy embryo and we've got to do our best.
To make a difference. That's what it's about. Everything else flows from that.
Center for Reproductive Medicine and Surgery
300 Park St., Suite 460, Birmingham, MI, 48009, (248) 593-6990