Development of Reply Ob/Gyn & Fertility began in 2013 with discussions between Dr. John Thorp, a division director in the University of North Carolina’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and KNDR HealthCare. The discussions were inspired by the sabbatical visit to UNC of Dr. Joseph Stanford, who is Director of the University of Utah’s Office of Cooperative Reproductive Health, a board member of the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine (IIRRM), and a leading global advocate for cooperative and restorative healthcare. Development shortly was under way for a new clinic and new program of medical research focused on fertility awareness and the cooperative approach to reproductive healthcare.
Our development included:
- a visit to retired Swedish ob/gyn and medical researcher Dr. Erik Odeblad, the early pioneer and champion of fertility awareness who made original discoveries about the properties of cervical fluid. Dr. Odeblad’s discoveries paved the way for more sophisticated methods of family planning and integration of women’s cycle biomarkers into their clinical care.
- sponsorship of a group of Triangle area fertility practitioners in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System™, to help raise local awareness about fertility awareness and its benefits.
- sponsorship of a group of fertility practitioners and medical professionals, including four Reply staff members, in the German Sensiplan™ method, which has been licensed for use at the Reply clinic.
- creation of Listen Fertility™, a new fertility awareness method taught in-house at the Reply clinic.
- creation of the Biofertility Study, a new medical research program that will investigate the association of various biomarkers with reproductive health, fertility, pregnancy, and early childhood development outcomes.
- construction of the new Reply clinic in Cary.
A video tribute to Dr. Odeblad is featured below.
More information about Dr. Joseph Stanford and his Office of Cooperative Reproductive Health can be found here http://medicine.utah.edu/dfpm/public-health/research-service/ocrh/, and about the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine here http://restorative-reproductive-medicine.com/#sthash.s0sj07uf.dpbs
More information about local Creighton Model practitioners can be at FertilityCare Services of Eastern NC http://www.fertilitycarenc.org/
For more information about the Biofertility Study, please subscribe to Reply’s newsletter, which will contain announcements as this work progresses.