Shady Grove Fertility Patients Featured on NBC'S TODAY Show

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Sandi and Philip Palmisano and Andrea and Marc Rivas share the journey that began on Shady Grove Fertility’s Facebook page.

At Shady Grove Fertility, we make sure our patients are supported by investing in the development of social communities, both online and in person.

Last week, successful Shady Grove Fertility patients, Sandi and Philip Palmisano, brought their newborn twins Grayson and Emmalee to NBC’s TODAY Show; The Palmisanos were joined by their surrogate and fellow Shady Grove Fertility patient Andrea Rivas, her husband Marc, and their twins Connor and Avery. While Sandi and Andrea share a unique bond, they are two of many who have met via the Shady Grove Fertility Facebook page which has become a gathering place for more than 13,000 women and men. Through Facebook, Andrea and Sandi are part of an online family that offers encouragement, advice, and friendship throughout the fertility treatment process.

Meeting on Shady Grove Fertility’s Facebook page and then in person, Andrea and Sandi soon included their husbands. Both women were patients of Jeanne O’Brien, M.D. and underwent IVF treatment. After five failed IVF attempts, the Palmisanos were told they would require a gestational carrier. Andrea and Marc had their twins after successful IVF treatment and wanted their close friends, the Palmisanos, to experience parenthood. Andrea volunteered to be Sandi’s gestational carrier and delivered twins earlier this year.

“At Shady Grove Fertility, we make sure our patients are supported by investing in the development of social communities, both online and in person,” said Patty Stull, Vice President of Strategic Development at Shady Grove Fertility. “Our Facebook page is a rich dynamic environment that helps women find the treatment they need, guidance from others in similar circumstances, and even, like Sandi, a friend who helped her in the most remarkable and unexpected way.”

Watch Sandi and Andrea’s first segment on the Today Show here:

And their visit to the show here:

To schedule an interview with Dr. Jean O’Brien, contact Courtney Cohen at courtneys.cohen(at)gmail(dot)com 202-997-4515.


About Dr. Jeanne O’Brien: Jeanne E. O'Brien, M.D. received her medical degree from the Brown-Dartmouth Medical Program in Providence, RI and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Prentice Women's Hospital at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. In the three years following residency, Dr. O'Brien remained at Northwestern as a Clinical Instructor. She then completed fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Northwestern University and earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation. Dr. O'Brien is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

About Shady Grove Fertility: Shady Grove Fertility is America’s largest and most progressive fertility center performing over 6,000 IVF cycles, including over 1,000 egg donation cycles, and an equal number of ovulation induction and IUI cycles annually. 29 reproductive endocrinologists as well as PhD scientists, geneticists and 480 highly specialized staff care for patients in 17 full-service offices and four satellite locations throughout the Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC metropolitan areas. SGF offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including Ovulation Induction, IUI, IVF, and Donor Egg as well as resources to comprehensively address patients’ needs - medical, emotional, and financial. For patient convenience, IVF retrievals and transfers are now performed at three regional IVF Centers in Rockville, MD, Baltimore, MD and Chesterbrook, PA.

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