Clinical Services

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  • ART / In Vitro Fertilization

    In 1978, the world was amazed by the birth of Louise Brown, the first baby born as a result of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The IVF procedure involves taking oocytes, or eggs, from the woman's body. Eggs and sperm are brought together, or fertilized, in the laboratory (in vitro). Developing embryos are placed in the uterus where pregnancy can occur.

    Originally developed as a treatment for women with blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, IVF is now used to treat many forms of infertility. The common nature of this procedure is evidenced by the fact that about 70,000 cycles of IVF are performed in the United States each year. Our IVF program is the first IVF center established in Mississippi.

    The basic steps in an IVF treatment cycle:

    • Down-regulation
    • Ovarian stimulation
    • Egg retrieval
    • Insemination, fertilization, micromanipulation, embryo culture
    • Laser-assisted hatching
    • Embryo transfer
    • Cryopreservation

    For more information about UMMC's ART/IVF program, click here or visit

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    Our dedicated team of IVF specialists, reproductive nurses, embryologists, and support staff are committed to providing the best care for our patients.

    • Appointments
      • (601) 984-5330
    • Physicians
      • J. Preston Parry, MD
      • John D. Isaacs Jr., MD
    • Nurses
      • Vicki Butler, RN
      • Betsy Sims, RN
    • Laboratory Support
      • Victoria M. Sopelak, PhD
      • Lisa Dorman, MT
    • Office Personnel
      • Wanda Thompson