ORADELL, N.J. — Hundreds of guests enjoyed a grand opening reception Wednesday at the new Oradell home of the Fertility Institute of New Jersey and New York .
The co-medical directors — Dr. Inna Berin of Hillsdale and Dr. Zalman Levine of Teaneck — gave guided tours.
Sparkling chandeliers lit the way through 9,100 square feet of state-of-the-art labs, operating and recovery rooms, and clinical areas.
The practice moved from its Westwood location, where it started in 1995.
“We have grown quite a lot. We have 22 staffers,” Berin said. “This space was much bigger and we got to design it from scratch.”
The metrics of the medical practice tell the tale.
The most key one, Berin said, is the pregnancy rate: 65 percent for patients under age 35, which is one of the highest rates nationwide.
“If they end up doing pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS), that rate can go up to 80 or 85 percent,” she said, “and that’s irrespective of their age if they have normal embryos.”
There are more statistics:
Every month, 20 pregnant patients, after their first trimester, are released, goodie bag in hand, to the care of their obstetricians/gynecologists.
“The chance of miscarriage after that point is less than 5 percent,” Berin said.
The practice offers an array of services, starting with fertility checks for patients thinking of getting fertility treatments.
It also freezes and stores eggs for those not yet ready to conceive, Berin said. There are 2,000 frozen embryos onsite.
For those trying to conceive, she added, there’s oral medication, intrauterine insemination (IUI), and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Levine, who is both a medical doctor and a rabbi, said PGS is one of the most major advances in the fertility world over the last few years.
“When a couple needs IVF, we can use PGS, a technology that allows us to take biopsies of each embryo and to actually test the embryo to see whether the chromosomes in it are normal,” he explained.
In that way, embryos can be screened out if they are not compatible with life or if they’re so abnormal that they wouldn’t take.
“By placing an embryo inside a woman’s uterus that we know has a good chromosomal makeup,” Levine said, “we can significantly increase the chances of that woman becoming pregnant, carrying the pregnancy to term, and having a healthy baby.”
Through everything, Berin said, the practice strives to be warm and personal.
“We cry together,” she said. “We laugh together.”
The guest list for the reception included local obstetricians/gynecologists and other healthcare providers as well as Oradell first responders and the New Milford Ambulance Corps.
The institute, located at 680 Kinderkamack Road in the borough, serves patients in New Jersey and in Rockland, Orange, and Sullivan counties in New York.