BEDFORD, NH – August 5, 2019 – Boston IVF, one of the nation’s most experienced fertility treatment providers, today announced it has begun the initial steps toward constructing a full-service IVF center in Bedford, New Hampshire. Upon completion, it will become the first ever free-standing fertility center and IVF laboratory in the state. The new center will offer a complete array of fertility tests and treatments, a team of reproductive lab scientists, and an expanded clinical research program.
The announcement comes after the official approval of NH SB279 – a New Hampshire law that will now require group insurance plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of fertility-related conditions for all patients. It will also cover fertility preservation for patients who undergo treatments like chemotherapy that may affect their ability to have children. New Hampshire will join more than a dozen other states requiring insurance coverage of fertility treatments under this new legislation.
Boston IVF’s new fertility center and laboratory in Bedford will be led by Reproductive Endocrinologist, Kristen Wright, MD – who was recently voted the state’s top fertility doctor by New Hampshire Magazine readers for a 7th consecutive year. Wright and her team have treated patients for more than 10 years at Boston IVF’s current satellite office in Bedford – and will continue at the location until the new IVF center and lab are completed.
“This is extraordinary news for individuals and couples in New Hampshire who require fertility treatments to build a family,” said Wright. “New Hampshire residents have long deserved a comprehensive and convenient in-state fertility provider – as well as an insurance mandate for treatment coverage. For both to transpire simultaneously is such a significant, progressive moment in the history of New Hampshire healthcare – and one that will result in vastly enhanced care for so many.”
According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, an estimated 12 percent of U.S. women or 7.3 million people, have problems getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. And access to infertility treatment is declining while the rate of people who need these services is rising.
“We owe a tremendous amount of thanks to organizations like Resolve of New England and Fertility Within Reach – to our current and former fertility patients, Boston IVF doctors and nurses, and countless others who testified before the House and Senate or wrote such heartfelt letters on behalf of the legislation and everyone in New Hampshire who someday may require fertility care,” added Michael Alper, MD – Boston IVF co-founder, Medical Director and reproductive endocrinologist.
“None of this would be possible if not for the hard work and advocacy of so many.”