FOR RELEASE: 8/28/2012Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Infertility experts at Bridgeport Hospital help deliver mom’s dream

A local woman’s successful treatment for infertility—which resulted in the birth of twins—is highlighted in the cover story of the Summer 2012 issue of Healthy & Wise, Bridgeport Hospital’s community health newsletter. To request a free copy, call toll free, 24/7, at 1-888-357-2396. Healthy & Wise is also available at

The woman, known at her request for privacy as Ann in the story, and her husband had been trying for years to conceive a second child. “I started to wonder, ‘Will this go on forever?’ I worried and stressed all the time,” Ann says in Healthy & Wise.

Ann and her husband finally contacted Bridgeport Hospital reproductive endocrinologist Shaun Williams, MD, who discovered that uterine fibroids were blocking her fallopian tubes and preventing pregnancy.

Ann underwent a myomectomy, a procedure that removes the fibroids while leaving the uterus intact. A few weeks later, fertility treatments began and eventually led to in vitro fertilization (IVF). Soon after, ultrasound exams revealed that Ann was expecting twins.

Thirty-six weeks after becoming pregnant, Ann’s twins were born healthy, each weighing about 5 lbs.

“During the years of struggle, I knew I would always have more children,” Ann says. “With patience, prayer, persistence and the right specialists, we did it.”

The new issue of Healthy & Wise also includes Ask the Expert columns about infertility by Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology Karol Chacho, MD and reproductive endocrinologist Andrew Levi, MD., complete with QR codes to scan and access expanded interviews on video with the two doctors.

Other articles in the newsletter focus on wireless fetal monitors for women in labor and “Firehouse Fridays,” the bi-weekly firehouse cooking segment on WTNH Channel 8’s Connecticut Style program that features firefighters from around the state who are supporting renovations to The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

In addition, Healthy & Wise readers can learn about Bridgeport Hospital’s recognition by U.S. News & World Report as best in Fairfield County for Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology, as well as the expansion of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital to the Bridgeport Hospital campus.

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.