Patient Stories for Infertility Care

IVF clinic in West Des Moines brings reproductive care expertise—and convenience—closer to home for central Iowans

Parents hugging and kissing baby
Tanya Lovan was preparing to start another round of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in late 2020 when she heard about the new West Des Moines location of the University of Iowa Center for Advanced Reproductive Care. Tanya and her husband, Rico, had been trying to conceive for a decade and were looking...

Two little miracles: UI IVF clinic helps Iowa couple overcome barriers to starting a family

Mother and daughter
Life with an infant and toddler can be a bit hectic at times, but Alisha and Ross Stottmeister of Tiffin, Iowa, are grateful for every moment. They know their daughters Mila, 3, and Charlotte, who was born in May 2021, might not be here today if it weren’t for the in-vitro fertilization specialists, ob/gyn physicians, and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) team at UI Health Care.

Compassion and individualized care led to Heidi's happy ending

Heidi Cohen and her child
Heidi Ridenour, of Davenport, Iowa, discusses her experience with reproductive endocrinology, working with Jessica Kresowik, MD, at the University of Iowa Health Care Women’s Health Clinic in Davenport.

Katy sought peace through IUI but found so much more

Katy Miller family
Katy Miller, of Milan, Illinois, discusses her experience with reproductive endocrinology, working with Jessica Kresowik, MD, at the University of Iowa Health Care Women’s Health Clinic in Davenport.

Elizabeth's journey to a healthy pregnancy and baby

Elizabeth VanCamp holds her child
Elizabeth VanCamp, of Davenport, Iowa, discusses her experience with reproductive endocrinology, working with Jessica Kresowik, MD, at the University of Iowa Health Care Women’s Health Clinic in Davenport.

IVF journey is a road to happiness for Ashley and her family

Ashley Nost, her husband, and their daughter, Indie
Ashley Nost, of Solon, Iowa, and her husband began their journey to become parents in January 2016. About a year and a half into their journey, Ashley decided she was done with the road they were on—one of seemingly endless tests, medications, and even surgery—and asked to be referred to our hospital.

Alyssa and Justin’s in vitro fertilization story

Ultrasound image surrounded by IVF syringes
Alyssa Boies and her husband reached out to the University of Iowa Center for Advanced Reproductive Care in December 2018 after almost two years of trying to conceive a baby—naturally and with medical intervention.

‘Grateful and blessed family’ credits IVF team

The Rich family
“From time to time, I hear a story of a couple who were able to have a baby because of the work of Dr. Van Voorhis,” says Elizabeth Rich. “Every time, it takes me back to our story and I feel so grateful.”

Craig’s journey to parenthood started at UI Health Care

Craig's desire was to become a parent. After talking to a few fertility clinics around Iowa, but he was ultimately referred to University of Iowa Health Care to work with their gestational carrier program.

From first IVF visit to baby in one year

Lindsey and Ben Ebert
“My husband and I experienced three miscarriages and multiple failed medicated cycles while trying to start a family. After more than five years with no success, we decided to change clinics. We chose University of Iowa Health Care’s Center for Advanced Reproductive Care, due to great recommendations.”

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