First IVF birth in CNY turns 10

Fertility Center Marks Tenth Birthday of first IVF birth

By Megan Horsington

When Dr. Robert Kiltz of Skaneateles began practicing medicine in the central New York area in 1997, he began alone. Without a single staff member, the doctor opened the area's first fertility medical center in a 1500 square foot space at Community General Hospital.

By the time CNY Fertility Center celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, it had grown to include a staff of over 60 people, thousands of patients, and several thousand square feet of office space. Staff, patients and families gathered in huge numbers at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo to observe the anniversary.

Saturday, March 29 marked another, quieter anniversary for Dr. Kiltz and his thriving practice. It was the tenth birthday of Matthew, the child born from the first successful In-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure performed at CNY Fertility Center. The child and his parents have chosen to remain anonymous throughout the years, but their story shares similarities to thousands of other people across the country who turn to IVF as their last hope for having a child.

Most would agree that it is not an easy process. It can often take years and multiple attempts to achieve a successful pregnancy. Physically and mentally taxing, it tends to put a great strain on a couple's relationship. IVF can also be extraordinarily expensive, and is rarely covered by insurance. Additionally, the controversy surrounding the practice of artificial insemination is pervasive and complex.

Central New York was fortunate to gain a reputable expert in the field of fertility science when Dr. Kiltz established his practice here. He has a reputation for being accommodating and knowledgeable about the complex factors that contribute to and help to reverse infertility. In 1997, twenty-five In-vitro fertilization procedures were completed at his clinic. Last year, that number had grown to 1400. In those ten years, CNY Fertility opened a practice in Albany and moved from its original location to a new, larger office on Intrepid Lane in Syracuse. They've expanded to include CNY Healing Arts Wellness Center and Spa, where women can go for acupuncture, yoga, and other proven stress-relief techniques.

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