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June Babies of the Month: Lexi Rae & Allie

June 3rd, 2021 by Brown Fertility

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From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be a mom. I come from a large family as does my husband, as we are both one of five children. My siblings all have three or four children. The thought of needing fertility treatment or interventions had never really crossed my mind as something that would be necessary to have a family. However, as time progressed, and I did research on our situation, I realized that it would be the best option for us. It was a little unnerving, as the likelihood of it working for us was not great, based on my age.

In 2016, we were referred to Brown Fertility by a colleague at my school. In October, we drove from Orlando to Jacksonville for an informational session. We were one of only a few couples in attendance that night, and we were able to speak with Dr. Brown directly to ask our questions and address our concerns about the IVF process. We also won a $1,000 prize to be able to help with the cost of IVF. Those two circumstances encouraged us to sit down and set an appointment to begin the journey. Those first few appointments were a bit overwhelming with all the information and questions, but Camie (our nurse at the time), was able to answer questions and give direction as needed. 

It took us a little while to be ready to move forward–we had to work through the mental or emotional struggles, as well as physical and financial, to be able to be ready to begin. Part of the mental and emotional struggles is that it is uncharted territory. Many women don’t assume that IVF would be their path to motherhood, and when you realize that it is the best or only path, it can feel isolating. During the time we were preparing for IVF, I joined a few support groups on Facebook. I knew the basics of the process, but I wanted to hear from others who had been or were going on an IVF journey. In the ‘real’ world, many people don’t talk about infertility–they don’t talk about the struggles you may face taking the path of IVF to motherhood. I wanted to know the good, the bad, and the ugly. I needed to hear from others to know what could be in my future to prepare myself for whatever may become of our journey. Knowing that they had been where I was helped me process through all the questions and doubts I was having. 

Another emotional struggle with IVF is the waiting. Waiting is the hardest part in IVF–and patience is so important. Waiting for the time to begin the meds; waiting for the phone call to know if our process was moving forward–and how many embryos we had; waiting two weeks to know if the embryo attached; waiting for the ultrasound to know that we were still in it. You will have to find something to do to help you with that waiting process. The beach, for me, was something that helped me find peace and relaxation during those waiting periods. There’s just something calming about the ocean.

We also had to overcome some physical barriers as well. I have a “trifecta” as one doctor called it, of clotting issues. I found out about this when I was 24 and not even thinking about having kids. As time progressed and I learned more about the clotting factors, I realized how difficult it could be to carry a baby to term. I met with my hematologist to discuss how pregnancy could be affected by my clotting factors. Based on my medical history of blood clots and pulmonary embolism, I was told I would have to take blood thinners my entire pregnancy due to the increase in blood volume. She would monitor me during and after my pregnancy to make sure I was not developing clots or other blood related complications.

In September of 2017, we were officially ready to start medication to begin the process. Just before Thanksgiving (and just a few days after our anniversary), we were able to see our miracle girl for the first time–and June 21st, 2018, we were able to hold her for the first time. Lexi Rae was born on the first day of summer and has been ‘Rae’ our sunshine ever since.

I’d love to say that the pregnancy for Lexi was smooth sailing–but it was not. IVF is the start to the pregnancy journey–but it’s just the beginning. I was concerned about my clotting factors–but there are other issues that started to creep in. The blood thinners were more than I anticipated. At first, I thought, no big deal; I had to do IVF meds to be able to become pregnant. And it wasn’t a big deal, until it became time to give the shots…twice a day…for eleven months. They were not pleasant, burning as they went in. The bruising, if I wasn’t super careful (and sometimes, even when I was), made it painful to move. I also developed gestational anemia, which required b-12 shots and iron infusions to be able to keep myself and Lex on a good path. Thankfully, I had a hematologist who was knowledgeable and tracking these iron levels long before I knew it would be an issue for me. 

We knew when we began this journey that we wanted to have at least two children–we wanted them to have each other to walk through life in this crazy world. We waited a little over a year to start on that path to baby #2. In the fall of 2019, we tried again, but were unsuccessful in that transfer. We didn’t anticipate it not working as we had been successful the first time–emotionally, physically, and mentally–it took its toll. I needed a break to process through the loss I felt. I questioned whether or not to move forward, as I didn’t think I could handle another cycle that didn’t work. We waited a little bit long to regroup and mentally prepare for another cycle. We were ready to begin again in February 2020. 

We met with Dr. Cabrera and Mena and discussed the process and plan moving forward. In March, Covid hit and we didn’t know what we were going to do, as it seemed the world around us was shutting down. We are thankful that they were able to keep their doors open and we officially began the process again–in June–in the middle of a pandemic. While the circumstances happening in the world were new, I was thankful that I knew what to expect in the IVF part of the journey. I still had a support group of ladies who were also going through IVF at the same time. I didn’t feel as nervous as I did the first time around.  

In August, we were thrilled to know that our journey to completing our family had officially begun. This pregnancy also had its challenges pandemic included, but each step of the way, we made it through. Each ultrasound, hearing her heart beat, seeing her profile, watching her move–the challenges that I faced physically seemed insignificant. We finally welcomed Allie Rose March 30th, 2021. She was perfect–and such a welcomed blessing during such hard times. 

Going through IVF can be a difficult process–and during a pandemic, it can be overwhelming. I am thankful for the expertise of those at Brown Fertility. Every baby is worth the journey you take to have them–and we are so thankful for the two miracle girls we have from our journeys with Dr. Brown and Dr. Cabrera.

May Baby of the Month: Bennett

May 7th, 2021 by Brown Fertility

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We don’t often share the hard parts of life but infertility impacts so many couples and is so rarely talked about that we feel it’s important to share our story when possible. We began trying for a family as soon as we got married in 2017. Six months later, no cycle, and a ton a negative pregnancy tests, we knew something was very wrong and sought out fertility treatments. I started my journey with a competing clinic and had a very disappointing experience. Several friends had previously started their families with the assistance of Brown Fertility so we scheduled a consultation and, ultimately, transferred to Brown. The experience was light years different. We felt so supported by the staff and confident in our path after meeting with the doctors and nurses at Brown Fertility.

In August of 2018 I underwent an egg retrieval and then a fresh embryo transfer. After two excruciating weeks we got the news that we were pregnant! Our daughter was born the following year and we have never been happier. Within the first month of her birth my husband and I knew our family was not yet complete and we would be returning to Brown Fertility in the hopes of adding a sibling. We completed a frozen embryo transfer in April of 2020 and on our daughter’s first birthday we got the news that I was pregnant again! A few short weeks later we heard two sweet little heartbeats beating away on the ultrasound. Only one baby survived the pregnancy but we are beyond grateful for our little miracle, Bennett.

Bennett was born a little more than three years after our first consultation with Dr. Brown and he made our hearts whole. He is such a sweet, snuggly baby and our entire family adores him. Bennett is his big sister’s favorite person and we could not be more grateful to Brown Fertility for helping us expand our family.

“That ugly part of your story that you’re living through right now is gonna be one of the most powerful parts of your testimony.”

April Baby of the Month: Lukas

May 7th, 2021 by Brown Fertility

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I want to share my story in hopes that it will provide a sense of hope to never give up! My journey of infertility was not an easy one however it was proven that it was not an impossible one. Lots of laughter, prayers, hope, and tears were shed in this process to only end with the best gift ever…. my little piece of heaven in my arms.
It all started back in 2006. I remember I was a newly wed. I was so excited to begin motherhood. We immediately began trying to conceive only to be diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) one year later of actively trying. I went to numerous doctors, trying this and trying that even acupuncture for several years all being unsuccessful for me. I remember I went to one specific doctor who shall remain nameless, I’ll never forget his exact words to me. He told me “Natalie you have less than 3% chance to conceive so you might as well give up. You have PCOS your over weight and there’s nothing I can do for you. by this time it was 2014. I remember I cried the entire way home I felt so hopeless and alone, like I was not worth anything. I mean I couldn’t even do what women are basically called to do. I could not reproduce. I immediately called my husband and I told him my experience and he heard the total devastation in my voice. He told me never lose faith. Faith and hope is all we have at this moment. I remember I used that devastation and turned it into my motivation. Now I was determined to have my baby in my arms… eventually! I began to research and among my research I found this ad of Brown Fertility. There was seminar in Winter Park the following weekend. I immediately signed us up and we went. I remember my husband trying to encourage me he said “honey I have a good feeling about this seminar”. At this seminar we met Dr. Brown and Dr. Cabrera.

I sat there and looked around and seen so many people just like me. I know it sounds mean but I felt so much comfort knowing I was not alone in this situation there were others with hopes and dreams of becoming a mommy just like myself. Once Dr. Cabrera began to speak he stated basically my entire process he spoke about the HSG test and PCOS and infertility issues. Then something happened, I felt as if he knew me and my entire life story yet he didn’t even know my name. I immediately signed myself up for a consultation. Dr Cabrera took his sweet time and reviewed each medical record document I took. And boy were there tons of pages there. (Hahaha) He had so much patience and so much compassion towards me I immediately told my husband I wanted to continue this journey with Dr. Cabrera and see where it took me. I remember Dr Cabrera told me let’s do testing and we will get together again and I will make a plan. In the meantime I began to lose weight as I was obese.  Keeping those hurtful words from that previous doctor in the back of my mind. I listened to every detail Dr. Cabrera told me to do. Actually Dr. Cabrera saved my life. In the mist of his testings and reviewing all my records he discovered I had Adult  congenital Hyperplasia. It’s rare yet one of the reasons my hormone levels would never normalize if left untreated. It could have ended extremely badly for me, but that goes to show you how detailed and intelligent Dr. Cabrera truly is. Dr. Cabrera immediately prescribed a medication which I call my magic pill . After taking this medication for several weeks my body immediately began to feel better and my levels began to normalize. That’s when my true journey to motherhood began. By this time it was mid 2015. I told Dr Cabrera I wanted to take time to allow my body to catch up with all the amazing changes Dr Cabrera helped fix. I returned 2018.

By this time I was ready to go full force. I remember I asked Dr. Cabrera to metaphorically hold my hand and not allow me to give up. I would only give up if he truly believed there were no more options. By this time I had so much faith and trust in Dr Cabrera. To me he was like a father figure to me. When he spoke I listened, when he gave instructions or lectures I accepted every word no matter how deep, happy or sad it may have been because I knew he spoke to me with such compassion and from his heart. We started in February 2019 I did my first IUI (Artificial insemination). To my surprise it was a success I became pregnant for the first time. We all were ecstatic. Only to find out my quantitive numbers were not doubling. By April 2019 on my birthday I found out I was having an ectopic pregnancy. I seen the hurt and disappointment in Dr Cabrera’s eyes when he told me we had to terminate this pregnancy. I remember Dr Cabrera stayed with me to make sure I was ok before letting me leave that office. His paternal heart and compassion kicked in again. He promised me this would not be the end. He reminded me my own words that he would not let me give up. June 2019 I did my second IUI this one was unsuccessful. My husband and I immediately decided to jump into IVF. that July 2019 we began our IVF journey. Began medications and scheduled my retrieval for august 2019. I was not able to do a fresh transfer due to my Hyper Ovarian Stimulation. 2 weeks later I began my treatment for my FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer). 10/2019 Transfer day arrived. We transferred 2 embryos in hopes of getting at least one baby. To our surprise 12 days later we were pregnant.

A few weeks later only to find out we were pregnant with twins. Oh my goodness were we ecstatic!!!! Twins!!! We were so careful and in shock with our second pregnancy. Only to lose twin B at 7 weeks. My twin A had a vanishing twin.On February 6th, 2020 At 18 weeks and 5 days I delivered my son Liam Ortiz due to incompetent cervix. Back to the drawing board we went. Before I could schedule an appointment I received a call from Brown Fertility. One of the nurses, my favorite nurse called me to extend her condolences from Dr Cabrera and all my Brown fertility family. My heart was so full. They truly made an awful situation feel so much better. I felt such warmth from that call from the nurse. I went from feeling so hurt and alone to knowing I had an office full of a team ready to be right by my side throughout my grieving process. By this time we had been through so much together I felt as if they felt what I felt. I immediately scheduled an appointment because I wanted to speak with Dr Cabrera as to when I could go for my next round. I felt so close to my grand prize I knew I couldn’t give up just yet. Just 2 months later I was ready to begin again. When I went to the office I have never felt so much love from Dr. Cabrera and the staff. We cried and hugged at that time Covid did not exist. I then began my second round of FET process again.

This time I knew better and I listened to Dr. Cabrera when he advised me to only transfer 1 embryo. Finally transfer day arrived May 21st, 2020. To my great surprise we were officially pregnant again with our second FET and our due date was February 6th 2021. I immediately broke down to cry, Dr Cabrera just looked at me with complete excitement with the hugest smile in his face and said to me … Seems like it’s fate! Again my heart was full. This time we took extra precautions and I went to MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine) and a cervical cerclage was placed in August 2020 at 14 weeks.

My journey finally had a silver lining. My cervical cerclage was removed at 36 weeks and 4 days, My miracle was born January 26th 2021 at 38 weeks and 4 days. With that said allow me to introduce the miracle Dr. Cabrera and the Brown Fertility staff helped conceive along with faith, hope and perseverance his name Lukas Ortiz. My heart is and will forever more be so grateful to Dr. Cabrera and his staff for allowing and helping my dream of becoming a mother come true. After 15 years of endless treatments my dream is a reality!

March Baby of the Month: Beau

March 4th, 2021 by Brown Fertility

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We got married in 2017 and started trying to conceive in 2018. I consulted my gynecologist before we started trying and she told me if we had any problems wait until a year of trying before we worried. So, we did. We waited and waited until little over a full year later we still had not had any luck.



On a recommendation from a friend, we decided to go see Dr. Brown. After running some tests on both of us he concluded we were good candidates for fertility treatments. We did two different IUI cycles that did not work out. After that we decided to try IVF.



It was really during the IVF process that we got to know Dr. Brown and the staff. We absolutely fell in love with them! I tell everyone I know that I wish Dr. Brown could be my labor and delivery doctor, my general practitioner, and our pediatrician! He is so easy going, has great bedside manner and so knowledgeable about what he is doing. We were thoroughly impressed every step of the way.






The entire process was so organized and laid out very simply for us. We were incredibly lucky to have a lot of eggs during the retrieval and from our very first embryo transfer we now have our precious baby boy. Beau Royce was born on January 13, 2021. We are over the moon in love and cannot thank Dr. Brown enough. Our little family would not have been possible if it were not for him!




Dr. Brown truly makes miracles happen every day. It still blows my mind that we now have this sweet son to call our own! We cannot wait to return to Dr. Brown to help our family grow even more!



February Baby of the Month: Marshall

February 2nd, 2021 by Brown Fertility

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June 2017 we started with a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) aka a fertility doctor. From there it feels like we’ve been on a never ending rollercoaster with far more drops than ups. We were given great chances with IUI (intrauterine insemination) so we did three of those with no success. In December 2017 we moved on to IVF where we were pretty much assured success.
Looking back now, it feels like forever since we started on this. It feels weird to think that there will be a time where I won’t be doing shots, that my life won’t be filled with doctor’s appointments at the crack of dawn, that I will go back to “normal”. For me, it feels like it’s been forever since life was like that. Nearly three years of my life consumed.
Now, in those three years we’ve been pretty busy. Not in the way most people trying to conceive are busy, but definitely busy. In that time we’ve done the 3 IUIs, 5 retrievals for IVF, 7 embryo transfers, 2 hysteroscopies (scope up the vagina, lots of fun), 1 laparoscopy (I’ve now seen inside my insides, also fun), and 1 d&c for our daughter we lost this time last year.
It’s A LOT. In the picture, there are over 800 syringes in that picture. I don’t know how many vials. I’m still giving myself two injections a day to maintain this pregnancy. Countless pills. Countless sleepless nights over this. Hundreds of hours of research to find “what’s wrong”. Diagnosis I’ve got plenty: diminished ovarian reserve, poor egg quality (in my 20s, pretty dang uncommon), premature ovarian aging, endometriosis stage 2, recurrent implantation failure.
There’s been a lot of anger too. A lot of why me. A lot of depression. And a lot of much needed therapy.
But there’s also been a lot of support. My husband, first and foremost, the one I can rely on through anything. My parents, my family, my friends, the wonderful people at Brown Fertility. The amazing people I’ve met through the infertility community. As much sadness and loss and grief, there’s been purpose and love and comfort too. I’ve been able to support other women in similar shoes. I’ve been able to explain and give help where needed. I’ve been opened to a world that 1 in 8 are struggling with.
I will not pretend to be anything other than grateful that our story has taken a turn for the happiness. That our little “Kinder Joy” is truly a scientific miracle.
We are joyous and we are celebrating. We are happy to finally be on the path of success despite everything that it’s taken to be here. I do not believe that everything happens for a reason, but I am okay that it did happen and the people it has opened me to.
For those who haven’t found their success yet, I mourn and grieve with you still. For those who gave up for a myriad of reasons, I hope you have found your peace and hope you find comfort even if it still feels like there’s still a piece of you missing. For those who have found their success, I am grateful to be counted among you.
Infertility has changed me. The grief I’ve experienced will never leave me. I’ll never be able just to forget all the pain I’ve experienced. The jealousy still exists of those who have an easy time. I still fear for this pregnancy even though everything so far has been great. But if infertility has taught me one thing, it’s to keep going onwards and upwards until the end.

January Baby of the Month: Liam

January 12th, 2021 by Brown Fertility

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It is important for us to be able to share this wonderful experience with everyone in order to give hope to those who may have given it their all for granted. In the year 2012 I made myself an invitro with two embryos that did not work and only had one frozen one left. As a result of this harsh and sad reality, we were both very shocked and did not want to try again until later.


Seven years later, in the 2019 I went to Brown Fertility consultation with Dr. Rafael Cabrera and with him I did an FET. Honestly, I did not have any more options because I am 38 years old and my eggs were no longer with enough quality to try an Invitro again. All I had left was to do an FET or an embryo transfer.

Dr. Cabrera was always incredibly positive, and I thank him very much for the possibility he gave me when trying the FET.


Everything came out satisfactorily, on January 19, 2020 Liam was born, our most precious treasure.

Many thanks to Rafael Cabrera who carried out the whole process, Dr. Brown who did the procedure and all the medical team that was always there to answer our concerns.


Brown fertility certainly changed our lives when we thought it would be impossible.

It is beautiful to wake up and remember that we have a reason to fight, our life without Liam was empty and sad.


Thank you, Brown Fertility, to make our dream come true.

We are very grateful!


December Baby of the Month: Ava

December 23rd, 2020 by Brown Fertility

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My husband and I have been the best of friends for as long as I can remember.  We both already had kids from our previous marriages.  I struggled with endometriosis for most of my 20’s, and after my youngest son was born, I had a tubal ligation.  When my husband and I got married, we wished we could have a baby of our own together; however, it seemed out of reach since we were both 40 years old and my tubes were tied.



Out of chance, I googled fertility specialists and found Dr. Brown.  His reviews were absolutely amazing, and we were excited.  With a little bit of doubt behind us, we put it in God’s hands.  Then something amazing happened; we won the free IVF cycle at the Brown Seminar.  This was an amazing moment with a feeling it was meant to be.  We went through the cycle, and we were successful on the first try.  I cannot emphasize enough how amazing Dr. Brown and his staff are.



I recommend them to everyone who talks about fertility treatment.  You really feel like family when you’re going through the process at Brown Fertility.  This is our sweet Miracle, Ava Violet Bohan.  Dr. Brown and his team, thank you for this amazing gift.


October Baby of the Month: Anders

October 28th, 2020 by Brown Fertility

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After two miscarriages, we were referred to Dr. Brown to seek answers to the dreaded question, “Why is this happening?” Bloodwork revealed that I have a MTHFR gene mutation along with high homocysteine levels. Both can be contributors to pregnancy loss. This provided some relief as to what the problem was.

The next steps included ovulation medications along with daily doses of aspirin and folate supplements while we continued to try on our own. After a few months, we moved on to IUI. Eventually in January of 2019, we decided to give IVF a try. We collected and successfully fertilized 11 eggs. We had two embryos implanted and got a positive pregnancy result 12 days later. However, at the first ultrasound appointment, there were no heartbeats. Once again, the feelings of hopelessness and disappointment reared their ugly heads.


If it wasn’t for Dr. Brown’s positivity, we would have probably given up. In December 2019, we tried FET and transferred two more embryos. Twelve days later, we got a positive pregnancy result. This time at the first ultrasound, we had a heartbeat! There was only one heartbeat, and we were okay with that. That one heartbeat was the best sound we had ever heard!

As the weeks passed, it was hard not to share our good news because we didn’t want to jinx anything. We finally announced our news to the world after our 20 week anatomy scan. The support we received from those who knew our story was overwhelming, and our willingness to share our story became much easier.



We welcomed our baby boy, Anders, into the world on September 2, 2020 weighing 7 pounds 12 ounces and measuring 20 1/2 inches long. He is truly a blessing! Thank you to Dr. Brown and all the staff for helping us fulfill a life long dream!


September Baby of the Month: Olivia

September 29th, 2020 by Brown Fertility

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We tried for over a couple years to meet our sweet little girl and were unsuccessful. We had a very early miscarriage and were heartbroken. Our family then referred us to Brown Fertility.  At Brown Fertility we began all of the testing and shortly found out that we would pursue IVF in June to July 2019 hoping to meet our long-desired and awaited baby.

IVF was not easy but Brown Fertility made me feel comfortable and cared for.  Dr. Brown was exceptional as well as Dr. Rose who did my Trial Transfer and the Fresh Transfer of our embryo. Dr. Cabrerea did my Egg Retrieval and I was in minimal pain from the procedure, which was far less than I had anticipated.  He did such an excellent job and he retrieved 11 eggs! 

All of the nurses were very helpful, including my nurse Kristiana, who was always available to answer any questions that I had, in the blink of a second.

Twelve days after my Fresh Transfer, we found out that we were expecting. We were so unbelievably overjoyed that the whole procedure worked! A few weeks later we came into the office and had our very first ultrasound and got to hear our sweet baby’s heartbeat for the first time! We were then released to my OB/GYN and had a successful pregnancy and this sweet baby girl.  Olivia Grace Weidner entered our lives April 7th 2020 at 5:56pm, 7lbs 10oz, 19 ½ inches long.

Thank you Brown Fertility for making our dreams come true and for giving us this precious gift of a beautiful baby girl!! 

August Babies of the Month: Bayleigh & Brooklyn

August 3rd, 2020 by Brown Fertility

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We were recommended to Dr. Brown from our OB after two years of infertility. Dr. Brown, Emily & his staff were exceptional from the First Appointment. After having testing done, Dr. Brown explained that we fell into the unexplained infertility category. 

We started the IVF process and for knowing nothing about the process- Dr. Brown’s Staff was so helpful in answering all of our questions. The nurses we met with were amazing and a part of our journey in starting a family. Kristina, the IVF Nurse, made me feel comfortable and at peace with the process and was always available to put my mind at ease. 

We were fortunate that our Fresh Transfer took and we were blessed with Two Baby Girls: Bayleigh & Brooklyn. From our first appointment to our last Dr. Brown & Staff felt like family. We will forever be grateful for our Two Blessings.

July Babies of the Month: Mason and Lylah

June 30th, 2020 by Brown Fertility

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 After having three natural miscarriages, I went in for a consult with Dr. Brown. I was sent out for blood work and while going over my results he said “That’s it, that’s why you keep having miscarriages! Turns out I have the MTHFR (I’m compound heterozygous which means I have a copy of it on both genes. It’s the most severe kind!) gene mutation. He was surprised I had even gotten pregnant on my own. At that time I was not financially or mentally ready to undergo further treatment so I walked out thinking I would never be able to do this.

I met my husband and nine months later we got married. We both come from large families and knew we wanted a big family as well! We tried for six years on our own and got pregnant twice and unfortunately lost both pregnancies. He switched jobs and his new insurance covered IVF but I put it off because I was so nervous about it not working! I went ahead and did another consult this time going straight for IVF.

We were able to retrieve fifteen eggs and of those, twelve fertilized and were waiting to send them out for PGS testing that following Monday. I got a call from Dr. Brown saying all of our embryos disintegrated and our hearts just sank. Turns out my egg quality is bad too…so we decided at our next appointment we would use donor embryos! We were set for FET in October 2018!

I missed an injection and ovulated which caused us to push our transfer further back and I almost gave up all hope! We finally got the green light and transferred two precious embabies (embryos) on December 20th. Found out in January that both were meant to be and we were pregnant with twins! On August 20th, 2019, Mason and Lylah Ilkovich were born at 4:44 at 5.15 lbs. (Mason) and 4:46 at 5.11 lbs. (Lylah). We will be transferring again in about a year for our third baby!!!

Keep the faith, God bless and wishing you lots of baby dust so that you can have your little miracle(s) too.

Meet Arteen: June Baby of the Month

June 9th, 2020 by Brown Fertility

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Thank Dr. Rose and Emily for helping us through this long, tough and painful journey. Thank you for always being there to give us hope when we were ready to give up!

After struggling with infertility for almost 10 years, I still can’t believe that this precious baby is mine. He is our greatest gift! Words can’t describe how happy and excited we are and that how much joy he has already brought to our life these past seven months!

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Part of what kept us going was to always hearing about all the successful stories from couples that were struggling with infertility and went through what we were going through at that time, so I hope that by sharing our story it will give the ones that are still struggling some hope and help them stay strong through their journey.

We are forever thankful!

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May Babies of the Month: Massimo and Valentino

May 12th, 2020 by Brown Fertility

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We were referred to Dr. Brown by our OB. We had been trying to get pregnant for over a year with no luck. The moment we sat down with Dr. Brown, we felt comfortable and optimistic. After getting to know us, examining my charts and medical history, and performing a few tests, he told us we were in the “unexplained infertility” category.

He said he felt very confident that we would get pregnant using the plan he laid out. We first visited Dr. Brown in April of 2017 and by December of that year, we were pregnant.  In January of 2018, we found out that we were blessed with not one, but two miracles! Massimo and Valentino were born on August 20, 2018. To say we are thankful to Dr. Brown and the Brown fertility staff would be an understatement. With their help, we conceived our two sweet boys and we couldn’t imagine life without them!

April Baby of the Month: Raegan

April 21st, 2020 by Brown Fertility

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Growing up, the one thing I knew I wanted to be was a mom. At age 25, I gave birth to my first child. Looking back, I realize the ease that came with his entrance into this world and how I never doubted my fertility. Being that I had a son, a second child was always a possibility I never second guessed. Fast forward several years later, I meet the love of my life, Josh. Josh and I had an instant connection and we knew our future was with one another. We talked of children pretty soon in our relationship and again, I never doubted that giving him a child was out of the realm of possibilities.

When we became ready to start trying, I discontinued my birth control and off we went. Each month there was a negative pregnancy test and they just kept coming. At age 32, you are surrounded by friends, family, and co-workers who seem to be getting pregnant at the drop of a hat. I wondered why I wasn’t the same and the disappointment, anger, and even depression began to build. After four or five months I also began to notice my cycles changing. Being in the medical field and quite in tune with my body, I knew something wasn’t right. I made an appointment to see my OBGYN and he agreed to do an ultrasound. A few days later, I got the news that they had found 25+ cysts on each of my ovaries. After some blood work, I was informed that I had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. My OBGYN recommended I see Dr. Brown if I wanted to continue my fertility journey.

Josh and I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Brown at the Jacksonville office soon after. Our first impressions of Dr. Brown were that he was warm, friendly, and experienced. He spoke with optimism and assured us, “we can get you pregnant.” I was still young, healthy and the odds seemed to be in my favor. So after more tests, more blood work and some research, we continued our journey to intrauterine insemination (IUI). When you dream of getting pregnant, it’s not in a doctor’s office, legs in a stirrup and a timer ticking away in the background but hey, a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.

After two unsuccessful tries at IUI, we FINALLY got our big fat plus sign. We were over the moon! I eagerly scheduled my blood work to confirm my hCG levels. The first blood draw looked promising. For my second result, I did off site and was told the office would call me for the results. I waited for what seemed like 1,000 hours for the call when finally, my phone rang while at work. I quickly picked it up and was told my levels had not increased, and there was no chance there was a viable pregnancy.  I fought back tears as I finished up my day working then headed home where I could let it all go. My husband was so hurt by my pain, he was ready to throw in the towel and just live our lives as a family of 3.

A few months later, as the pain and disappointment had subsided, we decided to pull out the big guns, and go for IVF. Shot after shot, it seemed like it would never end. But, we kept our eyes on the prize and counted down the days until egg retrieval. I was very fortunate to get 11 eggs with 9 that progressed into embryos. Recovery from retrieval was quite brutal and ultimately I was diagnosed with ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome. I was so disappointed when our fresh embryo transfer was cancelled. During my recovery, I hit an all time low. Two family members announced their pregnancies and in my depression, it seemed like it would never happen for us. Week after week, I got better and our new focus was our frozen transfer.

We transferred two embryos October 25, 2018. I sit at my desk writing this now with our 3 month old daughter in my lap. I couldn’t be more thankful to the entire staff at Brown Fertility. To Dr. Brown, to Emily, Kristina, Tonya, Mena, and countless other nurses and assistants who helped make this possible, thank you. What you do does not go unnoticed and I couldn’t thank you all enough for the miracle that you have brought into our life and countless of other moms out there. Every blood draw, injection, set-back and tear on this journey is 100% worth it. To any moms out there still on your journey: don’t give up. Just when you think you have hit your bottom, give it time, pick yourself up and keep on. One day it will all be worth it.

March Baby of the Month: Meet Wheeler Mathis

March 3rd, 2020 by Brown Fertility

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I have always wanted to be a mom. Always longed to hold and nurture something so miraculous. I got married late in life so I had given up on becoming a mother. My husband (who had a vasectomy 20 years ago) said, ‘Let’s do it, let’s have a baby.” I was ecstatic and nervous. After meeting with Dr. Brown and his staff, I learned I was of ‘advanced maternal age’. I’m 40. That’s not old. Life is just getting good!! 

Since a vasectomy reversal isn’t very successful after 10 years, my husband had a procedure done to retrieve his sperm. (Bless his heart, it had to be painful).

We tried two rounds of IVF, but with low ovarian reserve, we only got 3 eggs each time. I remember after the first transfer I just knew I was pregnant. I mean, we got the egg, we got the sperm, Kevin (the embryologist) has them multiplying in his lab, Dr. Brown put them in. This is it. We’re pregnant. Sadly…no.

We go for round two. The same results.  

We were pondering donor eggs from the beginning but wanted to give my eggs a try first. After two failed rounds, we decided to go with a donor.  I wasn’t sure yet how to feel about using a donor but the more I prayed on it, I realized it didn’t matter. I was going to be the one carrying it, supplying blood and oxygen to nurture this baby into a being.  We started the meds and the shots to get my womb ready to accept an embryo. We went in for the transfer on November 14, 2018.  I cheated and took a pregnancy test on November 20. There was only one line so I knew it hadn’t worked. I threw it away. I walked outside and prayed and just talked to GOD. Wondering if this just wasn’t the path he had for me. I walked back inside a little voice said check it again.  I pulled the pregnancy test out of the trash and I started shaking. There was the faintest upon faintest pink line. It had worked!! I was pregnant!   

We went in for our 6 week check up with Dr. Brown and heard the heartbeat. Our miracle happened! Wheeler Mathis was born July 25, 2019 weighing 8 lbs 1 oz and 19.5 inches long.

Thank you Dr. Brown, Emily, Lauren, Tonya and the entire Brown fertility staff! We will be back to see you soon.

February Babies of the Month: Meet Connor, Tyler and Nicole

February 4th, 2020 by Brown Fertility

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My journey to be a mom took about 10 years and a total of 10 IVF cycles. They say good things come to those who wait! Well, I am here to tell you that is definitely true!

When I first met Dr. Brown, he was my fourth fertility doctor. I felt connected with him immediately. I knew from our first meeting that he was completely different than my previous doctors. Dr. Brown seemed genuinely concerned in his patients’ success.

I had already done several IUI and IVF cycles prior to meeting Dr. Brown, so at our first meeting I was very frustrated and hopeless. After talking to him for more than an hour, I got my hope back and knew he was the doctor that was going to help me achieve my dreams. I put my faith and trust in God and Dr. Brown and in 2014 I was blessed with my first son Connor, who changed my world.

I knew the time was going to come when I held my baby for the first time that I would say to myself, “This was all so worth the wait.”

In 2016 I went back to Dr. Brown in hopes of giving my baby boy a sibling. Once again, I went through a lot in order to get pregnant. In July of 2017 I found out I was pregnant with TWINS! My babies, Tyler and Nicole, were born January 2018! Thanks to Dr. Brown my  family was complete and all my prayers and dreams came true.

BELIEVE in your dreams. NEVER give up hope. KEEP your FAITH! GOD IS GREAT!!!

Farrah Javaheri

January Baby of the Month: Meet Lena

January 3rd, 2020 by Brown Fertility

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My husband and I started trying for a baby shortly after getting married. We knew that PCOS could make getting pregnant difficult. After 5 years of trying we had our first daughter with the help of Clomid and my OBGYN. We decided to start trying again within a year. We were able to get pregnant on our own but miscarried. My doctor started me back on Clomid but this time it didn’t work for us. We were referred to a local fertility clinic where we had a terrible experience with our first round of IVF. A friend told me about Brown Fertility and how wonderful everyone there was so we made our first appointment. The amazing staff in the Orlando office made us feel so welcome! We did our second round of IVF and had two embryo transfers when we finally got the news we’d been praying for! After another 5 years of trying for another baby, almost 2 years of fertility treatments and 3 miscarriages our last remaining embryo made it! On August 30th at 8am our daughter, Lena, came into the world weighing 7lbs 4oz!

Don’t give up! Our rainbow was so worth the wait in the storm! I can never thank Dr. Brown, Dr. Cabrera, our nurse Mena, and the whole staff that we met along the way enough for the family they’ve helped us achieve!

December Baby of the Month: Meet Maggie

December 6th, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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We began trying for a family as soon as we got married in April 2017 but after six months of trying we knew something wasn’t quite right. I hadn’t had a cycle in two months but all the pregnancy tests were negative. With a sinking feeling in my gut, I scheduled a new patient appointment with a competing fertility clinic. After countless hours of bloodwork and testing I was diagnosed with PCOS and we were informed that IVF would be the only treatment option available for our particular set of circumstances. Our time with the competing fertility clinic left us feeling hopeless and alone. They could not have been more clear that we were just another number, a paycheck to them.

Several friends had previously had success with Brown Fertility so we scheduled a consult. Meeting with Dr. Brown and his staff was night and day from our previous experience. Everyone was so welcoming and comforting that we felt right at home and were relieved that we had decided to switch clinics. Dr. Brown was kind, reassuring and optimistic. He took his time to explain our challenges and our options and ultimately helped us devise a treatment plan. After leaving our first consult we felt comforted. Our anxieties were calmed and we were hopeful again. This time, we had an entire team working towards our success and we were anything but “just a number.”

We met with our nurse, Kristina, to review the process and scheduled our first round of IVF for August 2018. Infertility can be a difficult road to walk but once we transferred to Brown Fertility we never felt like we were alone on this journey. Kristina and the rest of the staff were very present and assisted us with everything -scheduling, medication procurement and usage, and even helped navigate the roadblocks that the insurance company inevitably put up. I cannot say enough positive things about the staff at Brown Fertility but Kristina in particular was always available for reassurance when I needed it or to answer any silly little question that popped into my mind.

The retrieval process with Dr. Rose went smoothly and was relatively painless. Shortly afterwards we found ourselves back in the office to do a fresh embryo transfer. After an excruciating two week wait we got the call that our bloodwork was positive for a pregnancy and a few weeks later we were back at the office watching our little miracle’s heart beat on the ultrasound.

Maggie was born one month after our two year wedding anniversary and she is by far the greatest gift we’ve ever received. Waking up to her sweet smile every day, hearing that adorable giggle and watching her grow into her happy little personality has truly been the highlight of our lives and we are so unbelievably grateful to Dr. Brown and his staff for helping us achieve our dream of parenthood.

-Anthony and Alisha Macri

November Baby of the Month: Meet Lakelyn

November 1st, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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Our story is quite long as it consists of a span of eight years of infertility. 

I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2005 and because I have a long family history of it, I knew that it could cause issues getting pregnant. I never imagined the magnitude of it and the years it would take. I assumed that I’d be able to get pregnant even with my diagnosis. Most of my relatives with it had one or more children. At that time in my life, I was fresh out of college, and I was not even thinking about babies. 

I met my husband in the spring of 2006, and we got married in October 2009. We knew that we wanted to have kids. The summer of 2010 we began trying to conceive. For some reason, I was not having a cycle, so I went to my OB. He told me it was probably the endometriosis. After a few months, he put me on Clomid and it never worked. We tried other medicated cycles and even tried medicated cycles with a trigger shot. All resulted in negative pregnancy tests.

In June 2011 we attempted our first IUI (intrauterine insemination). It was successful. When I saw the positive, I just had a feeling that something wasn’t right. Sadly, it ended in a very early miscarriage/chemical pregnancy. In the Winter of 2011, I decided to have my third laparoscopy surgery to remove the endometriosis. I was thinking that if we had the surgery then a couple of months later attempted another IUI, then it would be successful. It was not! 

We did four IUI’s with my OB and one with another fertility clinic. Every IUI, every medicated cycle in the following years turned up nothing but negative pregnancy tests. Each month was heart breaking. Each month I cried. 

I felt sad because I knew I wanted to be a mother but was in constant fear that I would never get that opportunity or that maybe it was not in God’s plan for me. I did know that God would not put the desire to be a mother in my heart if it was not in His plans. I felt guilty because I couldn’t make my husband a daddy and my parents and in-laws grandparents. I felt inadequate because I couldn’t do what every other woman could do. We were all getting older, and I was scared. 

I even attempted a holistic approach, acupuncture and different vitamins. We tried everything. We knew about IVF and we knew people who had gone through it. We researched clinic after clinic trying to find the best price and the one with the highest success rates. 

Some friends of ours and a co-worker had used Dr. Brown, and their IVF cycles were successful. Dr. Brown conveniently came to Tallahassee for consults, so we met him there. By then, I was well into my 30’s and he told me I was young although I thought I was old in terms of maternal age. He also told us we would get pregnant. He was positive and that’s what I needed to hear. 

In 2017 we decided that in the summer of 2018 we would attempt IVF. We chose Brown Fertility Clinic due to Dr. Brown and his staff’s kindness, positivity, success rates and Christian basis. We knew we could only afford one cycle. In 2017, I started having some other issues and my OB did an SIS (saline infusion sonohysterography) and saw something in my uterus. He scheduled me for a hysteroscopy where they found I had Asherman’s syndrome. I was completely devastated, and I thought my chances for a successful IVF cycle were out the window. My OB referred me to Dr. Brown for the surgery to remove Asherman’s. 

In February 2018 Dr. Brown did a hysteroscopy and found out that I did not have Asherman’s after all. He found only a small area on my uterus that he removed which was a relief. 

On June 30, 2018, we began the shots and medications to prep my body for the egg retrieval. We went to the Jacksonville clinic for monitoring because we wanted everything to be done correctly. At the final monitoring ultrasound that Dr. Brown, he saw that I had only five eggs. I was so upset because I knew it was a lower number. He said I had a little bit of a low ovarian reserve. I began to cry, and he hugged me and told me that all it took was one embryo. 

Our egg retrieval was on July 9, 2018, and I was 35 years old at that time. We wound up with three embryos. On July 14 one embryo was transferred, and I was 36 years old at the time. There were times through the two-week wait that I worried and had questions, but it was so convenient that I could email the IVF nurse, and she’d reply quickly. Sometimes all I needed was reassurance. 

On July 26 we got the phone call that the blood test was positive. I couldn’t believe it. After eight long years of prayers, treatments, surgeries, and medications, my miracle baby was finally on the way. 

Close to six weeks into the pregnancy we had a scare, so Dr. Brown’s office got us in early to check the baby. We heard her heartbeat and it was such a relief. It was the best sound I had ever heard. I’m so thankful to Dr. Brown and his staff. 

Our miracle baby was born on March 19, 2019. We named her Lakelyn. Our home, family, and lives are now complete. We are happy, blessed, and thankful for our sweet little miracle.

October Baby of the Month: Meet Calvin

October 1st, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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I remember being one of those patients looking longingly at the miracle babies that came to visit Brown Fertility and hoping I’d get to do the same one day.

My husband and I were devastated when our first pregnancy turned out to be ectopic and required emergency surgery. Not long after, our hopes to conceive were derailed yet again when an ultrasound revealed I had a cervical polyp that needed to be removed. We tried without success for many cycles before I tearfully called Dr. Cabrera for a fertility consultation. We desperately wanted to be parents. One VERY lucky round of Clomid and Ovidrel later…I had a positive pregnancy test.

At my six week ultrasound with Dr. Brown, I held my breath, half expecting him to tell me I wasn’t pregnant after all. He cheerfully showed us this tiny little dot, with an already beating heart, and said, “This one’s a keeper! Congratulations!” We cried with joy the whole way home and 9 months later we welcomed our precious baby boy, Calvin. He was worth the wait.

For those still waiting for their miracle or rainbow babies, don’t give up. Seeking help from Brown Fertility changed the course of my life forever. Dr. Cabrera and Dr. Brown have my eternal gratitude.

September Baby of the Month: Meet Myles

September 1st, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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My boyfriend and I have been together since 2009 and knew that we wanted kids eventually, but after a few years of tracking and planning, we were getting nowhere. In October 2017, I finally got a positive test. We were so excited, but at our eight week ultrasound we were told that the baby was not developing and it was going to end in a miscarriage. Four weeks later – right before Christmas, I went to the ER with terrible stomach pains. The baby had been developing in my tube and ruptured. I had emergency surgery and they removed my right tube

when they discovered that I had stage IV endometriosis and pelvic adhesive disease – finally providing a diagnosis for the struggle we had been having. I thought for sure our dreams of having a baby were over.

After recovering, I met with my OBGYN and he started me on Clomid. I requested an HSG test to see if my remaining tube was even functioning and as I suspected, it was completely closed. I just knew that was the end of the road. That’s when we were referred to Dr. Brown.

From the first consultation, we felt like this was where we were supposed to be. Dr. Brown made us feel like having a child was going to be easy. He told us that my problems were not that serious and I was actually a perfect candidate for IVF. By bypassing my tubes all together, we had a really great chance at getting pregnant. From finding a loan, learning how to use the medication, and going step-by-step through the process, everything seemed really easy with the help of the Brown Fertility staff. We started our first cycle in July 2018 and by mid-August, I was pregnant. I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason but this really solidified that. If all of these things wouldn’t have happened, we would have never known what the problem was or met Dr. Brown and we wouldn’t have our miracle baby.

Myles was born May 4th, 2019 at a whopping 9 lbs. 6 oz. and 21 1/2 inches long. We will forever be grateful for Drs. Brown and Rose and our embryologist, Kevin. Everyone at the office was so helpful and I just know we will be back for a snow baby or two in the next couple of years.


August Baby of the Month: Meet Isaac

August 1st, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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I have been diagnosed with PCOS for many years. With a history of infertility at age 39, we knew conceiving would be an uphill battle. We first switched to a plant-based diet which we continued through conception and tried naturally for a few months.

Next, we did a few rounds of Clomid through our OB along with Metformin. With no success and no ovulation whatsoever, she referred us to Brown Fertility and we had heard many great things about them. We met with Dr. Brown, who was kind, professional and very down to earth. Because of my age (now 40) we agreed that a “compressed” fertility plan was the best option for us. We didn’t want to skip any of the options, we just didn’t want to waste too much time or money. We considered going straight to IVF, however, Dr. Brown suggested we try IUI first. This was the most economical technique, but the odds were against us. We’d seen the statistics but jumped right in to the nightly Ovidrel injections. When the time was right, we met with Emily for the IUI procedure and it was a success! We were overjoyed and completely shocked that it worked on the first try!!

As with the ups and downs of any infertility journey our elation didn’t last long. At the 6 weeks mark we lost the baby. This was our first experience with a miscarriage, and it was awful and devastating. We took some time to recover and decided to give it one more try at IUI.  Another round of injections, blood samples and we were pregnant again! We were blessed to carry to term this time.

On December 29, 2017 we welcomed our 9lb 11oz little miracle baby, Isaac Gray, into the world. He is full of charm, personality and curiosity. He’s now 15 months old and fills our house with joy every day. He and his 9-year-old sister, Abby, have such an amazing bond already. She’s quite the helper! We know we are blessed to have such a short and extremely successful journey.

Infertility is a complex and emotional challenge. The ups and downs, tons of appointments, you feel like a pin cushion from all the injections and samples taken. But, it is worth it. You will see in the waiting rooms, you are not alone. There are many families going through this with you. Dr. Brown and everyone at Brown Fertility is compassionate and experienced and made the whole process seamless. If you are experiencing infertility, this is the place you want to go. Every journey is different, have faith and know that when it is your time, it will happen.

Rafael & Andrea Appe

July Baby of the Month: Meet Charlotte

June 30th, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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When my husband and I got married we each had two children from separate marriages. I had a son and daughter, and he had two daughters. Having a baby together was never even talked about. My husband had a vasectomy over 14 years ago. One day on my way to work I was listening to the Promise on the radio and I heard an advertisement for Brown Fertility and that Dr. Brown was going to be taking phone calls on the air.  Someone called in with a story that resonated with me. After discussion with my husband and a lot of prayer, we scheduled to attend a fertility seminar that Dr. Brown facilitated.  After speaking with him, we were convinced we would attempt IVF to have our first child together. 

While the process initially seemed overwhelming, we were comforted by Dr. Brown and his positive, encouraging staff.  We were cleared for IVF and began the egg retrieval process. I remember the first time having to give myself a shot I had to have my husband do it for me. After the fear passed from that first time, I was able to do it myself moving forward.  When the egg retrieval took place, I was scared, but remained excited and optimistic due to Dr. Brown’s positivity.  I experienced pain after the retrieval, and Dr. Brown’s staff was extremely caring and compassionate. We were extremely blessed to retrieve 24 eggs.

During an ultrasound, we found out my ovaries went into overdrive and had filled my abdominal cavity with fluid.  I was put on bed rest for a week and we had to postpone our transfer.  Switching from a fresh transfer, to a frozen transfer, our probability of successful pregnancy decreased from 80% to 65%. We were disappointed, but still remained positive.  Two months passed and my body had recovered and we were ready to proceed with the transfer.   

On our transfer day, my husband and I were extremely anxious, but excited. After my first blood draw, they called informing me that our numbers had gone up. We took this news as optimistic confirmation.  Six weeks into the pregnancy, I started having severe cramps and spotting, so I called the office.  They told me I needed to come in to be seen.  We arrived and met with Dr. Rose.  He performed an ultrasound and informed us that I was in the process of having a miscarriage and that my pregnancy was actually a chemical pregnancy.  Devastated does not even describe how we felt.  The physical and mental pain lingered for weeks until I decided to call the office to meet with Dr. Brown.  I am so thankful that I did.  Dr. Brown was so encouraging, compassionate, and informative of what we had just experienced.  He stated that while it may take multiple transfers, he was confident he could get us pregnant.   

Four months later, we went back for our second transfer.  Thanks to Dr. Brown and Christina’s encouragement, we were not as anxious this time around.  We transferred two embryos.  When we went for our ultrasound six weeks later, Dr. Brown congratulated us that one embryo successfully implanted – we had a successful pregnancy.  We are so thankful to God, for leading us to Brown Fertility, answering our prayers, and blessing us with our own miracle daughter, Charlotte (Charli) Rae.  

Scott and Amanda Witwer 

June Baby of the Month: Meet Scarlett

June 1st, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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In 2007 my husband Justin and I we found out we were pregnant and on December 6, 2007 we welcomed our son, Ryder Clifton Gaskins. When Ryder was 4 we discussed adding another little one to our family.  We didn’t worry at first when I wasn’t getting pregnant because we were so busy with three active boys, two of which came from my husband’s previous marriage. We then started to worry a bit more on why I wasn’t conceiving as I had done so easily before.

I saw an amazing OB/GYN in Jacksonville who ran tests, one of which was to see if my fallopian tubes were open for the eggs to travel through.  He discovered that in all the trauma having my son my cervix had closed.  He did a procedure to re-open my cervix and we then proceeded with Clomid and 2 rounds of IUI.  Nothing was working to our dismay. So he referred us to Dr. Brown. From the get go, Dr. Brown was positive and incredibly optimistic about us getting pregnant.

So much so that when he inserted the first embryo on our scheduled day he said “That’s it, congratulations, you’re pregnant!” And WE WERE!!!  It was so amazing.  The boys were so excited and we set out on the first part of the first trimester of pregnancy.

On January 27th we went in for an appointment with our OB.  They found no heartbeat.  They did an ultrasound and found that we had lost the baby.  We were absolutely devastated.  Over the next month we took the time for my body to recover.  We discovered that the baby was in fact a boy and we named him Hayer Davis Gaskins. His name is from all three of the boy’s names H (Hunter) ay (Payton) er (Ryder).

We contacted Dr. Brown’s office the following month and they said we could do another round of IVF.  With more weight on our shoulders, and more concerns than ever, we began the journey once more.  And once again we were met with amazing optimism, positivity and this time hugs and reassurance that we will have our little one soon.

On January 26, 2018, almost one year later to the day of losing our son, we welcomed our little GIRL and rainbow baby Scarlett Rayne Gaskins.  A beautiful, healthy baby girl!!  She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 inches long.  She is the happiest baby.  She loves all her big brothers and of course Mommy and Daddy are her world.  She’s already mastered how to get any of us to do exactly what she wants and we all do it with a giggle and say, “That’s our Scarlett, the Queen!”

When we look at her we are reminded of the incredible journey we had to go through to get her here.  Dr. Brown gave us our little angel, our little rainbow baby, our little girl and the most precious little miracle ever.  God bless you all that work for this amazing office and God bless you Dr. Brown for everything you’ve done to give us our sweet Scarlett!

Stacie Gaskins


May Baby of the Month: Meet Ciela

May 3rd, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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My husband and I were married in November 2015 and immediately started trying to conceive. Having been diagnosed with PCOS and being over the age of 35, my OBGYN said we should only try unassisted for about 6 months before seeking other options. After the first 6 months we wanted to try Clomid before anything else and once again, we found ourselves disappointed month after month. With 40 fast approaching we decided to look into finding a reproductive endocrinologist and after lots of research and a glowing recommendation from my OBGYN we decided it was time to begin our journey with Brown Fertility. 

  We went through all the testing and were completely shocked when our results came back and I was diagnosed with diminishing ovarian reserve.  Dr. Brown was very caring, compassionate and even more so, very honest with us. He let us know that he was willing to help us with IVF if that is what we wanted, however, he did not believe that it would be successful and mentioned donor eggs as an option in which we were not open to due to our beliefs. This was all such devastating news, however, God had already shown and prepared us for our path even before our results came back. We had learned about donor embryos (“snowflake babies”by a family member and had already started to do the research before going into the office to get our results.  We also had researched adoption and fostering.  We decided to ask Dr. Brown if there was anything he knew about it and if he could refer us to someone who could assist us moving forward towards donor embryos. To our surprise he let us know they had donors right there waiting and everything could be handled by Brown Fertility. We knew in that moment we were right where we were supposed to be and felt a sense of hope that we thought we lost along what had been so far a very difficult path.  

 We immediately began looking at profiles and getting everything set up for the next cycle. A few weeks before our transfer we were contacted about a profile that we should take a look at and sure enough we felt drawn to these little embryos!! On September 21, 2017 God, Dr. Brown, the staff at Brown Fertility, and this selfless donor family helped make our dreams come true. 

  Our beautiful miracle Ciela Grace was born absolutely perfect on June 8, 2018 and has brought so much joy into our lives as well as all of those she meets. We are so very blessed and forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Brown and all of those at Brown Fertility who helped us along our journey.   

The Burkett Family 

April Baby of the Month: Meet Reid

April 1st, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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Our two year old, Reid, is truly our baby blessing! After four long years of infertility we were not sure what the future held for us in terms of having a child. When our doctor referred us to Brown Fertility Clinic we were anxious, scared and afraid of what we may be told. After meeting with Dr. Brown and his staff, we knew that we had found someone who was capable of helping us have our son.

Although multiple attempts of artificial insemination failed, we did not give up. Our next step was IVF. We were blessed with Brown Fertility and the IVF process was seamless. We were truly amazed and could not believe it when they told us that IVF worked and we were going to be parents.

Reid is full of energy and everyone who knows him, loves him. He is a church baby, an animal lover, and loves to be outdoors.

Thank you, Dr. Brown and Brown Fertility for helping us have our baby boy, Reid.

Dustin and Danyel Rucker




March Babies of the Month: Meet Savannah and Elizabeth

March 1st, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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My husband, J.R. and I have been together over 14 years. We started out as a couple with no interests in marriage or a family, just career minded and young. The longer we were together, we realized that we of course wanted to get married and eventually start a family. God worked in many ways in us.

I was diagnosed with PCOS in my late twenties, and had been on birth control for the better part of a decade when we decided to try for a baby. After a very short introduction to Clomid following a year of trying to get pregnant naturally, our son Jack joined our little family in 2013. Though Jack kept us very busy with baseball games, millions of bubbles, and hot wheels our little family didn’t feel complete. Knowing I was inching close to the dreaded “over 35” category I started Clomid with my OB and after 6 months it seemed as though Jack would not get a sibling. I was referred to Dr Brown, who upon consultation looked at all my “scary diagnosis” and said, “you want to have another baby, you will have another baby.” He was very respectful, took his time, explained all our options and initiated a plan. His staff, other physicians, and practitioners are amazing. Never an impatient remark, they take their time, and you truly feel like you’re their only patient.

I decided to under go all the testing and the first cycle of medication at the same time. Nervous that the process required me in the office so frequently at first, and of course as we get prepared to finalize the first cycle, Hurricane Irma made her landfall causing my husband to be on a hurricane ride out team (away from the family) and one of my medications (that was temperature controlled) to be held up in Miami.

Despite the few bumps, I got that beautiful “pregnant” reading a few weeks later. But with it was very unwelcome nausea and morning sickness. A very different experience than with my first. I should have known then…I joked “…it’s gotta be a girl, there is already too much estrogen in this body!” Upon seeing the ultra sound, we found out we would not be welcoming 1 new sibling, but 2. Twin girls.

Savannah Katherine (Savvy) Logan and Elizabeth Grace (Gracie) Logan came naturally and amazingly into the world 5/11/2018. They were 36 weeks 5 days, and weighed 6;1, and 6;12 respectively. They are our wonderful miracles, and though days may be hard now and again…this simple couple that wanted never to get married and to have no children have embraced being not only the parents of a very active 6 year old, but the staff at Brown’s made it possible for us to welcome 2 beautiful girls as well.

Thank you so much for all you do; and how you made this process quite easy and peaceful for me and my little (BIG) family.

God Bless, Kat Logan

February Baby of the Month: Meet Nolan

February 1st, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15, so we knew when we were ready to start a family we might struggle. My primary care physician put me on Metformin to try and help, but after six months we decided we needed to be more proactive, and that’s when we found Brown Fertility. During the initial consultation they wanted to do a sperm analysis just in case- and surprise, it came back saying my husband had a low sperm count. With both of our issues, Dr. Brown let us know that IVF with ICSI was going to be our best bet. We could try other methods if we wanted to, but he didn’t want us to waste our money. 

In July 2015, we did our first round and were so happy to finally get that positive pregnancy test! On March 21, 2016, our impatient boy, Brayden, came three weeks early and has since brought so much joy to our lives. 

In September 2017, we were ready to try again with the frozen embryos we had left. With how easy it was to get pregnant the first time, we were super confident this time around. Unfortunately, neither of the embryos took and we were left heartbroken. When we had our meeting with Dr. Brown a couple weeks later, we asked if it would be best to start over instead of using the rest of the frozen embryos. He could’ve said yes and made a lot more money from us, but instead said he was confident that there was another baby for us in the ones left. That’s what we like most about him. He isn’t there to just line his pockets, he really is in the business to help people. I left that appointment feeling so much better about it not being my fault it didn’t work and having regained my hope that we will have another successful pregnancy. 

In February of 2018, we tried again and this time it did work, our son was going to be a big brother! November 1, 2018 our second son, Nolan, was born and has become the perfect addition to our family. Since I was a little girl, all I ever wanted to be was a mother. Because of Dr. Brown and all of his staff, my dreams have come true. We can never thank him enough for our amazing children and for never letting us lose hope. 

The Hinrichs family 

January Baby of the Month: Meet Kalel

January 1st, 2019 by Brown Fertility

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My wife and I have been married for about 14 years, and she has been in my life and the lives of my three children throughout that time. After trying to conceive for many years and undergoing surgical treatment, we still could not have a child together. We had been treated on two different occasions by well-known fertility clinics in the country but still had no luck. 

We had lost all hope of having a child together. One day, a friend of my wife who works with children told us about Brown Fertility and in that moment, our hope returned and we decided to try one more time. 

From the first moment we visited Dr. Brown’s office, we realized that this time what we wished so much for could be possible. The entire team always maintained a friendly, positive and professional attitude. We were lucky to work with Dr. Cabrera, who took all of the necessary measures to ensure that we had the best possible outcome. 

After the IVF process, my wife was pregnant for the first time. On November 27, 2018, my wife gave birth to a beautiful, healthy boy who we named Kalel Azael Vasquez Rosario. Kalel, meaning “the voice of God,” and Azael meaning “God made me.” Thank you Dr. Cabrera and the entire Brown Fertility team for granting us this miracle— our little gift from heaven.

December Baby of the Month: Meet Nolan

December 1st, 2018 by Brown Fertility

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“After years of struggling with infertility because of severe endometriosis and fibroids, our good friends recommended we schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown. They had a beautiful baby girl because of him, so we were very hopeful the same thing could happen for us. 

We felt right at home from our very first appointment with Emily. When we met Dr. Brown, he was so knowledgeable and so good about explaining everything to us. His bedside manner was impeccable, and that was huge for us. He felt that in our case, we should go straight to the IVF process and assured us that we would eventually get pregnant. We totally trusted his professional advice, and are so happy we did because we got pregnant with our beautiful baby boy from our very first IVF cycle! 

On February 27, 2018, our biggest and most beautiful dream came true when we welcomed our son Nolan into our family. This would not have been possible without Dr. Brown and his staff. It was one of the hardest things we’ve ever been through— full of tests, medications, daily shots, surgeries, and countless appointments and procedures. We would do it a million times over to have Nolan. He is worth it all and we are so grateful we were able to have him; thanks to Dr. Brown, our faith, and science of course! 

Love and light, 

The Gonzales Family

November Baby of the Month: Meet Declan

November 1st, 2018 by Brown Fertility

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Before my husband I and were married, we contacted Brown Fertility to find out if we had any infertility issues as we both wanted to have children. I was 38 years old, had never been pregnant before and had been on birth control almost my entire adult life.  Dr. Brown soon discovered that I had multiple infertility issues.  We then determined that after we were married, we would start the IVF process. Dr. Brown promised that I would get pregnant that year.   

After the first fresh IVF cycle failed, we immediately signed up for the next frozen IVF cycle.  In my mind I was expecting the worst. However, we were overjoyed when we found out we were pregnant. Dr. Brown had kept his promise! 

On July 7, 2018, we welcomed our baby boy, Declan, into our family.  We are so grateful to Dr. Brown and his amazing staff for our little miracle.  Without the help from Brown Fertility, we would not be the family we are today.  We are even considering having another baby as we still have some embryos in storage.

Thanks again to Brown Fertility for our party of three.


The Parham Family


October Baby of the Month: Meet William

October 5th, 2018 by Brown Fertility

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After trying to conceive for two years, we were referred to a fertility clinic. We started our journey at a clinic where we were left feeling alone and confused. Our friends had previous success at Brown Fertility and recommended that we go there.

At our first consult with Dr. Brown, we felt right at home. He was able to answer all of our questions and calm our anxieties about moving forward. He helped us make a plan that we felt comfortable with. After testing, we started the IUI process with Emily and the staff, who were welcoming and reassuring. Several failed attempts led us back to Dr. Brown, who suggested IVF— this was a very scary term for us. We had no idea what IVF would involve. Dr. Brown did an amazing job explaining the process and comforting us through our decision.

Kristina (our nurse) was helpful during this part of our journey and Dr. Rose comforted us during the procedures. All of the staff became like family.

Our IVF cycle was successful and we welcomed William into our family in October 2017! We cannot thank Brown Fertility enough for helping us make our dreams of a family come true. We have confidence that Brown Fertility will successfully help us again in the future.

September Baby of the Month: Meet Noah

September 13th, 2018 by Brown Fertility

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After years of not getting pregnant on our own but being too fearful to go to a doctor, my husband and I got pregnant with our first child. We lost our baby due to a miscarriage. We then were referred to Brown Fertility where I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure. I learned that miscarriages and infertility, while not talked about as often as they should be, are very common. With lots of ups and downs, many prayers and the amazing support of Lauren, Emily and Dr. Brown, we became a family of three on January 13, 2017.

There is nothing more perfect then starting every day off with kisses from our son Noah and hearing the words we longed to hear for so long—mama and dada. We are so thankful for God’s grace and power and to Brown Fertility for helping us become the family we always dreamed of. The journey may not have always been easy, but it was definitely worth it. —2nd Corinthians 5:7 











With lots of love,

The Morris Family

August Baby of the Month: Meet McKenzie

August 2nd, 2018 by Brown Fertility

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“My husband and I got married at a young age, but decided we would wait to have children until we were both done with school and felt prepared.  After 9 years together and both of us graduating from college, with our careers started, we decided we were ready to start our family. However, things did not go as planned. After a year and a half of trying, we decided to seek help.

After both of us went through extensive testing, blood work, and specialist visits, there were still no answers as to why I wasn’t pregnant yet.  We were extremely frustrated and confused at this point. It seemed that everywhere we looked, people were getting pregnant and having children. We were both young and healthy. What was wrong with us? After talking to Dr. Brown, we decided that IVF would be our best option. 

After two more months of doctors’ appointments, blood work, medications, worries, and tears, we were able to see our little miracle’s heartbeat.  And we were also relieved to find out that we had several more embryos available for future siblings for our little one. Our baby girl is now almost 9 months old.  Her personality and laughter fill our life with a happiness we didn’t know existed. We would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for Dr. Brown and his staff, and the support from our family and friends.  McKenzie is the best thing to ever happen to us and I am thankful every single day that we reached out to Brown Fertility when we did. ”

July Baby of the Month: Meet Paislee

June 28th, 2018 by Brown Fertility

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From a young age I was diagnosed with PCOS, however as an adult I had no clue how it would affect my ability to get pregnant. If I could change anything about our story with infertility it would be to have met Dr. Brown sooner. For years, 11 to be exact, my husband and I struggled on our own trying to get pregnant. Finally, we decided to get help to understand why it wasn’t working. After years of trying with medical help, many failed attempts with my OBGYN using Chlomid and a round of IUI with a different fertility doctor, losing one of my ovaries due to a nasty cyst, a friend suggested we call Dr. Brown.

Calling Dr. Brown was the best decision we ever made. From the very beginning Dr. Brown told us we would get pregnant. His confidence was exactly what we had prayed for. We tried a few rounds of IUI with Dr. Brown and his staff however it didn’t work. The next step was IVF. We wanted a baby more than anything and were willing to do everything they suggested to make it happen.

Dr. Brown and his staff made the cycles a breeze. They shared in our ups and downs and gave us comfort when times were tough. I can remember like it was yesterday when talking to Dr. Brown about the two failed transfer attempts and knowing we only had enough embryos left for one more transfer. He told us we would get pregnant this time, that lots of people on the last try do. Fast forward to transfer day, it just felt different. We were laughing and joking during the procedure and it just felt like this was it. A couple of weeks later I had a feeling I hadn’t felt before going into their office to get my bloodwork because I just knew I was finally pregnant. A few hours later my husband and I were sitting in our living room holding hands and praying when they told us the exciting news that we were pregnant. Multiple people were on the call that day which shows just how much they care and share in your joy when you embark on this journey with them!

My family and I can’t thank Brown Fertility enough for being God’s tool in giving us our hearts desire. We now have a perfect baby girl and Paislee is everything we’ve ever wanted. Thank you! 

May Baby of the Month: Meet Adam

May 9th, 2018 by Brown Fertility

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We had been struggling with my severe, stage 4 endometriosis for close to eight years when we came across Brown Fertility. Up until then, I had endured six surgeries to remove endometriosis tissue from my abdominal organs, and multiple fertility treatments including drugs, IUI, and even IVF that, sadly, ended in a miscarriage of my baby girl.

At the time we learned of Brown Fertility, I had long since let go of the idea of having my own child and had set my mind on adoption. I was relieved to know I would not have to go through the pain of trying to have a baby any longer.

Instead, my husband came home to announce that he had learned of Brown Fertility and wanted to attend their upcoming seminar. I was not interested in the least.

But my husband said, “If you will go to the seminar, and hear what they have to say. If you don’t like what you hear, then I will never bring up IVF again. I promise. It’s completely up to you. Just go with me.”

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In the days leading up to the seminar, I learned that they planned to give away a free round of IVF to one lucky winner. I cannot explain just how much turmoil I felt in my heart as I prayed the following prayer:

“Heavenly Father, you know I do not want to do this. But if this is what You want, then You will see me through this and give me a healthy child. If and only if that child will grow to love you, then let me win the free round of IVF. If you do not do it, then I will not go forward.”

A couple of weeks later I found myself sitting at a table at the seminar as Dr. Cabrera gave the presentation. My husband was fully attentive, turning his chair toward the front, hanging on to every word, graph and statistic that was presented.

All I could hear was unwanted, all too familiar terminology that brought up painful memories. Finally, the presentation ended.

Then, someone took the microphone and announced that it was time to have the drawing. “Just be happy for the winner, Ashley,” I told myself, “God has other things for you.”

And then, I heard my name. I had actually won the free round of IVF! It was such a surreal moment.

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Over the next 10 months, the staff at Brown Fertility walked me through some very challenging days. We had my severe endometriosis to address, my blocked fallopian tubes, my high blood pressure, and my extremely fragile emotional state. Seriously, I had more break downs at my visits than not, and they handled it so well!

It was a hard road. I had to have another surgery before they could do the embryo transfer, and even that surgery was unsuccessful due to the extent of my endometriosis. We went forward anyway.

On Wednesday, October 26th, we got the call that the test had come back positive. I was pregnant! We were ecstatic!

And on June 18, 2017, our little miracle was born. We named him Adam Nikhil. Adam as a reminder that, regardless of methods used, he is God’s creation. Nikhil after my husband, which means “complete.” He has completed our family!

My years of sorrow have ended. God has blessed me, and He used Brown Fertility to do it!

April Baby of the Month: Meet Wyatt

April 3rd, 2018 by Brown Fertility

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“We began trying to get pregnant in 2016. I had a gut feeling we needed to get help from a doctor because I wasn’t having regular cycles. I decided to seek help and call Brown Fertility.

Dr. Brown was very comforting and reassuring we would get pregnant. Then, I was diagnosed with PCOS.

In 2016 we got pregnant on our first IUI. Sadly, I went into preterm labor at 23 weeks, and we lost our sweet baby boy. We started trying again in 2017, and IUI wasn’t working for us.

Emily suggested I see Dr. Rose about a new procedure called IVM. I wanted to start the process right away. I saw Dr Rose. We did our retrieval. We decided to do a frozen embryo transfer, so my body could get to where it needed to be. It felt like forever! Transfer day came, and I was confident it would work.

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I’ll never forget that phone call with my lab work telling me it had worked. We were pregnant! I cried while on speaker phone with the staff. They were so excited for us. Now we have our sweet blessing from God with the help of Dr. Rose and Dr. Brown.

Our sweet miracle is absolutely PERFECT! Thank you Dr. Rose and all the staff at Brown Fertility. They are very friendly and amazing people. We love you all.”

-The Mobley’s

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