Success Stories

If you have been a patient of Gago Center for Fertility / Gago IVF, we would like to hear from you. Please add your story and or picture of your child here and we would be honored to share it with others.

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  1. Thank you Dr. Gago and Team!

    We will never be able to thank Dr. April Gago and her team for helping us reach our dream to have a baby. We struggled with unexplained infertility for over a year before we found Dr. Gago. She really cared about where we had been and where we wanted to go. We co-created a plan that we all felt comfortable with and just a few months later we found out the news that we were going to have a baby. We appreciated her intelligence, patience, and creativeness in helping us reach our dream of having a baby. This past July I gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Anastasia.
    Thank you!
    -Jennifer

  2. My beautiful little man
    I tried to have a baby for over four years and had given up. I met Dr. Gago by sheer happenstance and she made me believe that having a child really was a possibility. She is so caring, honest, and compassionate. Infertility is such a difficult journey, and she made it so much easier. My beautiful son, Nigel, was born on September 11, 2007. This is a picture of him from his first birthday. He is the center of my world and the most beautiful little man I have ever seen. And I never would have met him without Dr. Gago. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. – Colette Parry

  3. Baby Ayre!
    In February 2007 I was diagnosed with PCOS. After a few tests we began fertility treatments in August and I became pregnant in October 2007. Unfortunately, I miscarried 6 weeks later. Dr. Gago recommended a few months off. We tried again in January 2008 and I found out I was pregnant in February. I also utilized the meditation classes, and they were very helpful. I want to thank Dr. Gago, Laurelle and Michelle for their patience and kindness during our struggles. We now have a very healthy and happy 5 month old, Luke James Ayre. He was worth the testing, shots, blood draws and long drives to Brighton at 7am! To anyone feeling helpless, please know you are in the best hands. We plan on having #2 soon! Thanks again, Kevin, Melissa and Luke Ayre

  4. Thank you very much!!

    She was born on 4/16 in Japan. Her name is Aiko.( It means “Lovely Child”) Finally we’re family!! Thank you Dr. Gago and staff. My husband and I had trouble with having baby, but you all gave us chance to have our baby!! We’re very happy now. Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!

  5. New Baby Boy

    We were lucky to get pregnant with our first child the first month of trying but had suffered two early miscarriages while trying to conceive our second child. We were referred to Dr Gago after seven months and I was so happy that she didn’t waste any time trying to figure out what needed to happen to get us a second baby. We got pregnant during our second month of treatment with Dr Gago and gave birth to a son in April 2009! Dr Gago and her team were wonderful and we can’t say enough nice things about how great they are! Thank you again!! -Rick & Samantha

  6. Miracle Baby!!

    We finally had our miracle baby after almost 13 years of trying, but it wouldn’t have happened without Dr. April Gago and her staff. They are absolutely the best at what they do. They were caring, supportive and always answering any question or concern we had. Dr. April Gago looked over all of our efforts to try to have a baby, which was unexplained with prior testing and fertility attempts with two other fertility specialists. We had done everything up to the point of in vitro and took a break, and we were blessed with the adoption of a little boy, but when he was almost 4 years old, we still yearned to have a natural child as well. I was very excited when Dr. Gago opened her office in Livingston County, the first of it’s kind. We met with her in February 2008 and I found out I was pregnant July 2, 2008. I cannot explained how stunned and shocked I was that it had finally happened!! We can never thank Dr. Gago and her staff enough for our baby, and the completeness it has brought to our family. Aaron & Paula

  7. Thank You!!!

    After five years of “trying” we finally got pregnant with the help of Dr. Gago. In May 2007 we delivered a healthy baby boy. We can never thank her enough for her patience with us. She was a real pleasure to work with. Happily three months later we were pregnant on our own. We now have two healthy boys because of her!!!

  8. Thank You Dr. Gago & Staff!
    We first met Dr. Gago at U of M when she explained to us that IVF was one of our only options to ever get pregnant. We loved her so much that years later when we were ready to try IVF, we were ecstatic to see that she opened up the Gago Center for Fertility even closer to where we live. She made us feel so comfortable that we felt like she was our friend and doctor. She & her staff were so warm & inviting & that is really important when you are seeing them on a daily basis. Dr. Gago is an incredible doctor & person. Thanks to her, we got pregnant on our first try with a beautiful baby boy! The doctor does make the difference. We can’t explain how many people along the way have attested to that. We were lucky to find her so early in our lives. It has been exactly a year since we tried IVF & our “Miracle Baby” was born February 28th, 2009. I think of Dr. Gago all the time when I am looking at him & what a blessing he is & she is for helping us get him! I want to thank Dr. Gago & all of her staff for making the IVF process such a great experience for us. You truly made a difference in our lives! Jenn, Jeff & Eric Henry

  9. Baby Greyson

    Dear Dr. Gago and staff,
    When we decided to have a baby, we knew it would likely be a challenge. From the second I walked into the office, I knew our best chance was with Dr. Gago and the wonderful staff. We always felt welcomed, comfortable and cared for. Everybody took time to get to know us, take the pressure off us, and ensure we understood every step of our journey. We could have gone to doctors much nearer our home or work (gas was $4 a gallon then), but we never considered it. It only took a few months and we were pregnant. In May we gave birth to a gorgeous baby boy, Greyson. We weren’t sure a child was in our future, so thank you Dr. Gago for helping us create such an amazing future!
    We hope you are doing well. We’re doing great. I went back to work this week, but I am working at home and have a flexible schedule, so the baby is with us. He is funny, tall and strong. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been wonderful.
    Thanks so much.
    Theresa, Chris & Greyson

  10. Gavin and Peyton

    Infertility is a difficult and emotional process for anyone to go through. My husband and I had tried to start a family for approximately a year and a half before we discovered Gago Center for Fertility. We previously went to another reproductive endocrinologist. The difference for us between the two facilities were the caring staff, not having to wait an hour before seeing the doctor at appointments, and really feeing like we were important and our opinions and feelings were listened to.

    Before getting pregnant, we tried a few different medications then proceeded onto IUI (inter-uterine insemination). Our first IUI, we received the good news that I was pregnant. A few weeks later we discovered we were expecting twins.

    Our beautiful babies were born March 30, 2009. Gavin and Peyton are the most precious gift we have ever received. From, the bottom of our hearts, we really appreciate the staff and caring environment we received at Gago Center for Fertility. I have referred friends and strangers that are going through this difficult process. I’m so glad we found your facility.

    David and Leanne

  11. “Success Story” – that’s something we waited 6 ½ years to have, and it is all because of Dr. Gago and her staff that we now have our precious little Nicholas. Yes, after many years of trying, unexplained miscarriages and tears of frustration, God led us to Dr. Gago’s office. It takes a lot of prayer and mental preparation to finally make the call to a fertility clinic, but I knew right when I walked in the office that this place was something special. Right away, Dr. Gago set us on course with a multi-step plan, and even though all the steps were not successful , the final one of IVF– our last shot – resulted in successful pregnancy only six months after meeting her. What is so special about Dr. Gago is not only her positive, compassionate attitude, but also her wonderful staff. I have never been more impressed by the way each person on the staff knew me and cared and hoped for me along the way. It was all worth the many office visits and blood samples! We are forever grateful to Dr. Gago and her team. We wouldn’t have Nicholas without her!

  12. The baby bug bit us in 2005. I stopped taking birth control and nothing happened for about 6 cycles. My doctor assured me that he was capable of diagnosing and helping me with this problem. He was certain that I was suffering from PCOS, althought I really only had the polycystic part and none of the other symptoms that accompany this diagnosis. After wasting a year with him, we tried a fertility clinic highly recommended by several friends.
    The new office seemed great. However, it was one of the offices that displayed beautiful baby pictures everywhere; exactly what an “infertile” couple wants to see during each visit! They accepted the PCOS diagnosis and also let us know that I had a depleting number of eggs; great, the news gets better and better! After uber amounts of drugs, several failed inseminations, one failed IVF, everyone telling us to just RELAX (right), and way too many tears we had to step back and reevaluate how much more we could really take. We were now three years in without ever seeing a positive pregnancy test. Could we live without ever adding a child to our family of two?
    Well, the answer was no. In May of 2009, I stopped eating gluten because I’d read it could be a culprit to infertility. While feeling better, we had to try something else. Another close friend referred us to Dr. Gago where she became pregnant very quickly. We saw Dr. Gago in August 2009 for one cycle and she let us know that she really didn’t believe that I was suffering from PCOS; the pieces didn’t fit. She prescribed me a concoction of medication that I hadn’t tried before and we opted to try it the old fashioned way at home this time. Amazingly enough, we finally got the positive pregnancy test we never thought we’d see! It was an amazing feeling that I can’t describe and that I really never expeceted to feel. I am 30 years old and after 4 years of trying to get pregnant we are expecting our first child in May. We could not be more excited and I am grateful to Dr. Gago for looking further into diagnosis and being the only doctor that took my gluten free diet seriously.

  13. Our story to have a baby started out like most I would imagine. We began with planning the perfect moment to start conceiving making sure all the rest of our life was in order first. Then at that precisely planned moment we started into this journey of making a baby with such anticipation. The first few months were so exciting and hopeful. No one expects it to take more than a few months to happen but we soon learned that our path to a family was not going to be that easy. After about 1 year of trying on our own without medical intervention, the hope definitely started to fade. It was then that we got more active in trying to conceive starting with preliminary testing by my gynecologist. Soon, our hopes were answered and I was finally pregnant. However, the joy did not last long. Within a week or so of learning the exciting news, I also started experiencing severe pain and spotting sending me to the hospital numerous times. I was first told it was a natural miscarriage which was crushing but later after the pain continued to grow in intensity, I was told even worse news. I had an ectopic pregnancy and had to be rushed into emergency surgery on my last visit to the hospital. Subsequently, I lost one of my tubes as a result of the surgery but found a glimmer of hope in the fact that my other side looked healthy according to the surgeon. I willed myself to stay positive and kept hoping that the next time would yield better results. After the ectopic, I also changed OBGYN offices and was immediately referred to Dr. Gago by my new gynecologist given my history. From the moment I met Dr. Gago, I was impressed with her well rounded approach to my infertility problems. She examined things like my thyroid closer and found issues that even my primary physician missed. She made recommendations to start new thyroid medicine that played an important role in ultimately conceiving. Dr. Gago’s testing was so thorough that I found confidence in her treatment course immediately and thought that she could help me. Even so, after many trials of fertility medicines I found myself starting to lose hope again. It had been over a year since starting with Dr. Gago . A year that started very promising but produced many sad phone calls saying once again the pregnancy test was negative. However, throughout this whole process the staff at Gago Center for Fertility never sounded discouraged and tried to keep me feeling the same. One day after yet another negative pregnancy test, I started to talk adoption with my husband fearing that I could not take the roller coaster ride of fertility any longer. Then, as if fate interceded, Dr. Gago personally called me that week in the evening and told me she thought we should try IVF. She emphasized how she felt it was our most promising option given the results of failed medicine trials in conjunction with my test results. She continued by stating she did not want to prolong the process and my emotional battle any longer than necessary. She wanted us to be successful and thought it was time to go for it. It was if she read my mind. I knew that the time was right too. I soon started the IVF process during which I found the nurses and techs at the office so accommodating and helpful answering any and all my questions timely and thoroughly. Dr. Gago attended to every detail ahead of time to ensure a successful, uncomplicated procedure. Preparing for IVF was a long, detailed process but the procedures themselves were fast and easy. Afterwards, though I didn’t feel any different, I knew in my heart that it worked. Naturally, one would think the day I saw the positive pregnancy test was the best of my life, however I was still in too much shock and way too guarded after being disappointed for almost 3 years to really get emotional just yet. It wasn’t until we saw our first ultrasound at 5 weeks that it really hit me that we were going to have a baby. And now at 25 weeks, as we are painting the nursery and getting ready to bring our little girl into this world, I am flooded with more joy, gratefulness and excitement then I could have ever imagined. To all those who are still trying to weave their way through this hard journey of infertility, I pray my story gives you some hope that anything is possible. I think the first thing we have to realize is to throw time tables out the window. It may have taken 3 years but I think it only made this baby and the experience that much more precious. Second, allow yourself to feel the whole spectrum of emotions that come with this journey without judgment. You are allowed to feel anger, resentment, and sadness along the way but ultimately never lose the hope. And realize that hope also comes with having the best team of professional behind you who truly care as much as you do and are in the fight with you like Dr. Gago and her team. I have heard numerous success stories come from her clinic like mine. She really is the best at what she does and can make miracles happen. I think our story proves it and I am grateful everyday God brought us to her.

  14. Rebecca had Polycystic Ovaries, a small amount of endometriosis and a heart shaped uterus (septum in uterus). She had corrective exploratory surgery to correct these issues at another facility, however, we never really felt comfortable there from the start and just figured out options were limited.
    An old friend had referred us to Dr. April Gago and we were extremely glad he did. From the first moment there, we were at ease that we were in good hands.
    As a guy, the entire process is not nearly as emotionally intense as it is for a woman. The most important thing is that Rebecca felt comfortable from the minute she walked in. Meeting the doctor was pure delight compared to what we were used to and she showed true compassion and sympathy for our situation.
    Dr. Gago allowed us to move at our own pace and let us choose our own options. She worked with us on the drug choices to see which would be covered by insurance, which had the highest success rate and what procedures we felt comfortable using, along with the associated risks/complications/advantages. She was extremely thorough in her descriptions and showed us a complete array of unbiased choices. We never once felt compelled or pushed in one direction or the other.
    We chose to go IUI or Intrauterine Insemination the first go-round. This was one of the cheaper options and yielded pretty good success in younger women hoping to conceive. The risk of multiple pregnancies was explained to us and we hoped for the best. Rebecca was closely monitored, every other day to see how the follicles were coming along and to estimate approximately how many eggs would be released. If there are too many, they notify you. If you are not ready, they will also let you know. Once they were convinced she would be ovulating within the next 24 hours, we were scheduled to come in.
    The procedure is fairly quick and easy. After taking a semen collection from me, they filter it out and clean it up. They explain the entire procedure to you, but the important thing to note is they collect the most motile and active swimmers (we are yet to see if that will promote a motile and active child!). Once that procedure is completed 1.5-2 hours, they inject the semen into Rebecca’s uterus in hopes of introducing the sperm with the egg. This is a painless procedure and the rest is left up to mother nature.
    This is an emotional time for a couple or mother-to-be to experience. We were so hopeful and the team at the Gago Center only encouraged and supported our hope. They made us feel like they really cared and hoped the procedure would work out as well. Not once did they say “don’t get your hopes up” or “more often than not, this does not work.” They were completely encouraging and helpful to honestly answer any questions asked. We truly believe that attitude plays a tremendous role in the outcome of what happens in your body. With the nurse’s and doctor’s constant encouragement, we feel it gave us the push we needed to stay positive and conceive.
    We are happy to report that after one procedure with Dr. Gago, we were blessed with the gift of life growing inside Rebecca’s womb. While I know this could have taken a couple of tries, and in some cases, many years before it actually takes, I do believe that the support and reassurance given to us by Gago’s team remained a huge factor in the process. For this, we are forever thankful.
    Those who are going through any type of procedure, and speaking from personal experience; be patient. It is normal to feel anxious, sad, let down, broken, dismayed, frustrated, but if you cannot hold on to hope, there will most likely be no hope for you. It sounds a bit like a cliché, but I can attest to the power of positive thinking and having the friendly support of a staff who seems to share the same belief. We certainly hit some bumps in the process, but Dr. Gago was always there with a reassuring hug for my wife and positive reinforcement, and for that, there can be absolutely no substitute. Be prepared for a journey and try to make the most of it. I say when life hands you lemons, you should make some lemonade and enjoy it.
    Would I recommend Dr. Gago and the Center to family, friends or even perfect strangers? The answer is unquestionably, Yes!

    Highest Regards,

    Mike and Becky S.

  15. Our dream boy!
    Our dream boy has brought so much happiness to our lives. Dr. Gago and her team were extremely friendly, compassionate and the most welcoming medical professionals we could have asked for. The respect and comfort level we felt every time we walked into the office helped to ease the stress of trying to have a baby. Dr. Gago is patient and thorough. We appreciated the time she spent with us at each appointment, explaining all options and discussing every angle. Dr. Gago and her team will always be special people in our family’s life. We can’t say thank you or recommend you enough!

  16. We are so excited to be posting on the Success Stories page here. We couldn’t feel more blessed to have our baby girl in our arms now, and we feel we owe a huge thank you to Dr. Gago. We had been trying for a family for nearly 6 years. In the past we had visited two other doctors. With the first we were able to get pregnant but miscarried at 8 weeks. With the second we were told that we would have to participate in major procedures such as IVF in order to have a chance of becoming parents. At 26, we simply were not ready to hear that & we had never felt completely comfortable with this doctor, so we decided to stop trying for a while. It wasn’t until 3 years later when a good friend told us about Dr. Gago that we were willing to go through all of the up’s and down’s again. Needless to say, Dr. Gago gave us great news. She believed that we would only need little intervention to conceive…and she was right! Her knowledge and ability to clearly explain things to makes us feel comfortable and to encourage us every step of the way made working with her very enjoyable. All of the staff at the center were also very personable. We felt very lucky to work with them all.

    It took us just about 2 months to get the good news that we were pregnant. We were so happy! In August of this year we welcomed our beautiful baby girl! We have no problem recommending Gago Fertility Center to anyone who is looking for information or help in beginning or growing their family. Should we decide to one day have more children, we have no doubt we’ll be back at Dr. Gago’s, experiencing the same great care we did this time around! Thank you Dr. Gago and your entire staff for bringing a new found joy into our lives. We couldn’t be more thankful!!

  17. Our son Talan Reid was born on June 13, 2010. Although he was not conceived through the Gago Center for Fertility, we were treated there until we relocated to Orlando, Florida. Talan was our second child conceived through IUI. We met Dr. Gago through the University of Michigan where we were diagnosed and treated for infertility when trying to conceive our daughter Shiloh (born on June 29, 2007). For Talan, we spent 6 months trying at home, went back for treatments and had several IUI procedures before becoming pregnant with a biochemical pregnancy. We were able to undergo one more IUI cycle before relocating to Orlando in May 2009. However, it wasn’t until our August/September IUI cycle that we became pregnant with our son. We were one cycle away from moving to IVF treatment. We are so grateful to all who have helped us along the way. It is a long road sometimes and having a strong support system and doctors you can trust are important. We are thrilled to be a success story. Our children are the most important part of our lives. I couldn’t imagine my life without them.

  18. I got pregnant with twins with only one round of treatment.
    Dr. Gago is so kind, down to earth and sensible.
    My girls just turned three and my husband and I are so thankful for all her help. My advice is NOT TO WAIT!

  19. We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our little girl, Lauryn Elyse! We had her on Valentine’s Day of this year, and couldn’t be happier! Our struggle having children started about two years ago. We got pregnant on our own twice, and experienced two miscarriages. In both pregnancies, we were diagnosed with “anembryonic pregnancy,” where there was a gestational sac, but no embroyo in the sac. We understood that miscarriages happen often, but to have two happen back to back coupled with the fact that the same thing happened twice, made us want to seek out a fertility doctor and be evaluated. Dr. Gago and her staff were wonderful. They did a ton of bloodwork and eventually found out that I have MTHFR-a type of gene mutation that can potentially lead to blood clotting. We devised a treatment based on this finding and I got pregnant again a month later (on our own) and now have our beautiful little girl! We are so thankful we met with Dr. Gago when we did, and are truely blessed to have experienced pregnancy and the birth of our little girl!

  20. Our family is now complete!
    I was a young mother of one and we decided to have one more. To our surprise it was harder then expected. I did get pregnant 3 times and had 3 very early miscarriages. I talked to my doctor and she didn’t seem to think it was a big deal. I asked to see a specialist and was referred to Dr Gago. Thank goodness! The office was a bit far from our house but only had to go twice. After the first visit Dr Gago felt my neck and could tell my thyroid was large. She gave me a scrip and then took blood to run tests. My thyroid was my problem. My OBGYN never even touched my neck! Now we have two beautiful baby girls! I just referred a friend. Would recommend Dr Gago and her staff to anyone that is looking for help….THANK YOU
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  21. Our story to have a baby started out like most I would imagine. We began with planning the perfect moment to start conceiving making sure all the rest of our life was in order first. Then at that precisely planned moment we started into this journey of making a baby with such anticipation. The first few months were so exciting and hopeful. No one expects it to take more than a few months to happen but we soon learned that our path to a family was not going to be that easy. After about 1 year of trying on our own without medical intervention, the hope definitely started to fade. It was then that we got more active in trying to conceive starting with preliminary testing by my gynecologist. Soon, our hopes were answered and I was finally pregnant. However, the joy did not last long. Within a week or so of learning the exciting news, I also started experiencing severe pain and spotting sending me to the hospital numerous times. I was first told it was a natural miscarriage which was crushing but later after the pain continued to grow in intensity, I was told even worse news. I had an ectopic pregnancy and had to be rushed into emergency surgery on my last visit to the hospital. Subsequently, I lost one of my tubes as a result of the surgery but found a glimmer of hope in the fact that my other side looked healthy according to the surgeon. I willed myself to stay positive and kept hoping that the next time would yield better results. After the ectopic, I also changed OBGYN offices and was immediately referred to Dr. Gago by my new gynecologist given my history. From the moment I met Dr. Gago, I was impressed with her well rounded approach to my infertility problems. She examined things like my thyroid closer and found issues that even my primary physician missed. She made recommendations to start new thyroid medicine that played an important role in ultimately conceiving. Dr. Gago’s testing was so thorough that I found confidence in her treatment course immediately and thought that she could help me. Even so, after many trials of fertility medicines I found myself starting to lose hope again. It had been over a year since starting with Dr. Gago . A year that started very promising but produced many sad phone calls saying once again the pregnancy test was negative. However, throughout this whole process the staff at Gago Center for Fertility never sounded discouraged and tried to keep me feeling the same. One day after yet another negative pregnancy test, I started to talk adoption with my husband fearing that I could not take the roller coaster ride of fertility any longer. Then, as if fate interceded, Dr. Gago personally called me that week in the evening and told me she thought we should try IVF. She emphasized how she felt it was our most promising option given the results of failed medicine trials in conjunction with my test results. She continued by stating she did not want to prolong the process and my emotional battle any longer than necessary. She wanted us to be successful and thought it was time to go for it. It was if she read my mind. I knew that the time was right too. I soon started the IVF process during which I found the nurses and techs at the office so accommodating and helpful answering any and all my questions timely and thoroughly. Dr. Gago attended to every detail ahead of time to ensure a successful, uncomplicated procedure. Preparing for IVF was a long, detailed process but the procedures themselves were fast and easy. Afterwards, though I didn’t feel any different, I knew in my heart that it worked. Naturally, one would think the day I saw the positive pregnancy test was the best of my life, however I was still in too much shock and way too guarded after being disappointed for almost 3 years to really get emotional just yet. It wasn’t until we saw our first ultrasound at 5 weeks that it really hit me that we were going to have a baby. And now at 25 weeks, as we are painting the nursery and getting ready to bring our little girl into this world, I am flooded with more joy, gratefulness and excitement then I could have ever imagined. To all those who are still trying to weave their way through this hard journey of infertility, I pray my story gives you some hope that anything is possible. I think the first thing we have to realize is to throw time tables out the window. It may have taken 3 years but I think it only made this baby and the experience that much more precious. Second, allow yourself to feel the whole spectrum of emotions that come with this journey without judgment. You are allowed to feel anger, resentment, and sadness along the way but ultimately never lose the hope. And realize that hope also comes with having the best team of professionals behind you who truly care as much as you do and are in the fight with you like Dr. Gago and her team. I have heard numerous success stories come from her clinic like mine. She really is the best at what she does and can make miracles happen. I think our story proves it and I am grateful everyday God brought us to her.
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  22. Dr. Gago knew there was a Sawyer Joseph in us, even when we felt otherwise. She never gave up on different treatments, even after five unexplained losses. Dr. Gago was willing to try every avenue, ready with a hug when the last one did not work, then throw us her reassuring smile that the next treatment would. My wife and Dr. Gago really worked more like a team than patient/doctor because it took every discussion to discover Sawyer. After a year and a half of too many tears, the right tears started to fall. Thank you so much for helping us create our family. Love, Kari, Todd, and Sawyer.

  23. Ayre Babies!
    Our journey began in 2007 when we started trying for a family. In 2008 Dr. Gago helped us get pregnant with our first son, Luke. He was born Oct. 15, 2008 through IUI and injection therapy. In 2009 we decided to get pregnant on our own and lost the baby at 16 weeks. Six months later we were pregnant again with an ectopic. Because of the miscarriages, we decided to try IVF and in July 2010 we were expecting twins! Drew and Anna were born on March 21, 2011. I can’t thank Dr. Gago and her team enough for giving me the family I have always wanted.
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  24. As an “older” mom, I needed a little help getting pregnant. Dr. Gago knew just what to do! The result? Milo Bradshaw Lepard, born April 19, 2011. He’s a constant joy! Thanks, Dr. Gago!

  25. Infertility. Such a harsh and ugly word, and certainly something that could never happen to us. Or so I allowed myself to believe through four long years of “trying” before being guided to Dr. Gago and her wonderful staff.

    Picking up the phone and making the call to her office was one of hardest – yet most important – things I have ever done in my entire life. Of all of the things that I could need “help” with in my life, this was definitely one of the last things that I had ever imagined. Conceding to the fact that we DID require help with this was very hard, but it was very clear right from the beginning that we were going to receive the medical knowledge and compassionate care that we wanted and needed.

    I work in a place where daily quotes and affirmations of hope and possibility are posted for our patients to see. One day, one of those quotes read: “Harmony is possible, but not without effort”. With this thought in the back of my mind, the very next day I found myself sitting in Dr. Gago’s exam room staring at a beautiful painting of a Chinese character. Thinking nothing of it, I then glanced down and saw the word “Harmony” written in English at the bottom of the painting. My eyes locked in on that word, and at that moment, I committed myself to putting forth any amount of effort, and doing anything and everything that it would take for me to achieve my own personal harmony. In that instant, it also became very clear to me that we were entrusting the right person and place to help us get there.

    One year after that first appointment, I sent Dr. Gago a note, giving her an update, and I included the following: ” 12 months, 1 sonohysterogram, 2 surgical procedures, 1 hysteroscopy, 1 failed Clomid cycle, 3 failed Femara cycles, 1 pregnancy loss, 1 infection, multiple transvaginal ultrasounds, countless blood draws, 5 Ovidrel injections, 4 Menopur injections, 12 boxes of Endometrin, 2 bottles of Prometrium, 25 acupuncture treatments, 1 IUI, 3 pap smears, 2 colposcopies, a biopsy, a cancer scare, hours and hours of reading and researching, and a million tears and prayers later…I can tell you wholeheartedly that I have lived and breathed that statement every single day of my life for the last 365 days.”

    Our son was born in September, 2009. He is beautiful and joyful in every possible way, and he was definitely meant to be ours.

    We are eternally grateful to Dr. Gago and her staff for their knowledge and guidance, and providing us with the absolute best in compassionate care. To you: THANK YOU.

    To everyone else: Harmony IS possible. Hope always.

    D, J & B W
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  26. Dr. Gago and her wonderful staff gave us our fantastic daughter Natalie Oct 2009! We started trying to have a baby in Dec 2006 when I was 36, I wasted time trying with my ob and doing clomid before being recommended to Dr. Gago in Nov of 2008. In Jan of 2009 I became pregnant via IUI. We tell people how amazing Dr. Gago and everyone in her office is (Lisa, Cindy, Michelle, Jenny, Laurell, Sara, etc). We would never visit any other fertility office but Dr. Gago’s, she is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My advice, do NOT wait longer than 6 months trying on your own, I wish I would have started with Dr. Gago before I turned 38. We are back hoping for baby #2, if there is any doctor that can make that happen, it’s Dr. Gago. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Michele and Nigel

  27. My husband and I married in 2005 and we began trying for a family right away. After a few years with two miscarraiges and no baby, we decided to seek treatment for infertility. We saw a specialist who ran several tests before telling us our only option was IVF. We thought his diagnosis was extreme – especially because we were able to get pregnant twice, and miscarried early in both pregnancies. My family doctor referred us to Dr. Gago and making an appointment with her office is the best decision we ever made. After meeting with Dr. Gago in November of 2010, she suggested going with IUI. We began our first cycle in February and were shocked to hear that we were pregnant after the first try! Our daughter Delaney Olivia was born on December 4, 2011. She is happy, healthy and at times I still can’t believe she’s here. We cannot thank Dr. Gago and her staff enough for bringing such joy to our lives. They are caring, kind, wonderful people that truly care for their patients. Thank you again, Aaron & Randi

  28. We met Dr Gago after 2 years of trying to conceive. Others have rightly commented on Dr Gago’s kindness, compassion, professionalism, and genuine caring for those she helps, and we were no exception. I can’t count the number of times she or her team called long after business hours to discuss things with me, or describe her genuine empathy and caring. She clearly has a passion for what she does and for the people she helps. In addition, I was consistently impressed by her technical expertise, not just in developing a treatment plan, but in performance of procedures. She has both the gentle touch and the procedural skills to make potentially painful procedures almost painless. Minimizing pain/cramping then further increases chances of success.

    After 4 years total, with many failed attempts as I stopped responding to medications to stimulate ovulation, and two miscarriages, we finally tried IVF using donor eggs from my sister as our “last try.” We conceived and delivered a healthy baby boy this January. His name is Nathan, meaning “a gift.” We also have 2 more excellent quality embryos saved to try for a second pregnancy. We are ecstatic, and have Dr Gago to thank.

  29. After reading many of the stories posted on this site, I too suffered infertility in my relationship. My husband and I were married in 2008, but started trying a few months prior to the wedding. I had a feeling that I would have trouble, so I convinced him start trying prior to getting married. I saw another physician in the area who told me there were no other options other than IVF. I had another one of those “feelings” that it wasn’t the only answer. After months of holding off, my husband and I made the decision to see Dr. Gago. She is very considerate when it comes to your religious beliefs. I am catholic and didn’t believe in IVF at the time. The level of comfort that she gave was amazing. After much discussion with her, we decided to go for the injections with the option of IUI at the end. We went for the “whole”, and did the IUI to increase our chances and it took the first time. Throughout the visits, Dr. Gago spent as much time as necessary with me. I never waited during an appointment, so that shows that the scheduling procedure is perfect as well. I was usually in and out. If we are unable to succeed with a second child on our own, we will be going back to Brighton to visit Dr. Gago.

  30. We saw Dr. Gago after trying for over a year and suffering one early miscarriage. My OB wasn’t concerned, but I was and asked for the referral. It took us 3 medicated cycles and 2 IUI’s but we had our beautiful Emma in February this year and it was all worth it. We are forever grateful to Dr. Gago and all her staff for helping us achieve this miracle baby.

  31. After 3 failed cycles using Clomid, my OB referred me to Dr. Gago. We determined that I was not ovulating on my own (because no follicles were maturing) and would need to use injectible follicle stimulating meds.

    My body did not respond easily to the medication–too much medicine would cause too many of the follicles to respond at once; too little would have no effect at all–so each cycle meant anywhere from 10 to 20 days of injections at different dosages and daily trips to the clinic for ultrasounds to check on follicular growth and hormone levels to see what the next day’s dose would be. Everyone at Dr. Gago’s office was so wonderful–my emotions were all over the place, but they did everything they could to be encouraging and supportive. I especially have to thank Jenny and Laurelle, the ultrasound techs, for keeping my spirits up through every long cycle.

    After several attempts with injectibles and regular intercourse, we moved on to several attempts at IUI, which were not successful. At that point we knew that IVF was the only avenue left. Before we moved forward, Dr. Gago performed an operative hysteroscopy to remove some polyps on my uterus (which I think, in the end, was necessary to allow for implantation).

    I started the medication for IVF in October of 2011. During our first cycle of IVF, Dr. Gago harvested 23 mature eggs, 19 of which fertilized–an amazing result. My husband and I were thrilled. 3 days after retrieval, however, there were 8 viable blastocysts, and by day 5, there were only two left. Dr. Gago transferred both eggs, which meant that there were none left to freeze for future attempts.

    My husband and I waited nervously until we got the amazing and thrilling news that after 2 years of trying (about 9 months of which were with Dr. Gago), one of the eggs stuck. On July 23, 2012, I gave birth to our son, Isaac. He is perfect in every way and we could not be happier. We feel so lucky to have had success (and to have had success so quickly in the grand scheme of things). We are so grateful that we had Dr. Gago and all of her staff for making it possible.


  32. We were referred to Dr. Gago by our OB initialy due to having high FSH level and difficulty conceiving in late fall of 2011. Dr. Gago was very thorough in our treatment and discovered that in addition to high FSH, I had a fibroid tumor and uterine polyp that may be interferring with our trying to get pregnant. The tumor and polyp had to be surgically removed and while recovering from a second surgery, another polyp developed. Three surgeries and one hybrid cycle later, we found out in July 2012 that the first round of injections had worked and we were pregnant.

    We had our precious bundle of joy on February 22, 2013. We could not have done this without Dr. Gago. From the start she was very, very thorough and considered numerous factors that may have been contributing to our problems, treating them accordingly. Because of my age (37) and the ability of things to grow in my uterus (other than a baby) as soon as I was recovered from the 3rd surgery she began aggressive fertility treatments on us, which worked after one cycle.

    We can’t thank Dr. Gago and her wonderful staff enough for Isabella Rose Melotti!!

    Julie & Dan Melotti


  33. Dr. Gago,
    I just nursed my beautiful precious baby girl down for the night and was pondering for the gazillionth time how much I appreciate you, and your staff, and your good work. If you ever have a day you feel discouraged in your work, think of our family (and countless others, I’m sure) and know that what you do is so important and so valued.

    Seriously. When I think back to what we went through to welcome this dear little soul into our lives and family- well, it’s all totally worth it, but in retrospect I am amazed. I was 43 when she was born, plus I was breastfeeding my older daughter and we had already miscarried identical twins, and had a subsequent chemical pregnancy. Plus we used frozen embryos.

    You believed it could work. I know I talked to at least two other RE’s (including the guy in Colorado), and they wouldn’t even consider working with me until I weaned my older daughter, and I LOVED how your whole attitude was like – “Oh, that’s silly – your hormones are fine!” It was so validating. And how when you heard that another doctor said I should just go home and enjoy the baby I had, that my uterus was so scarred from the hematometra, you said something like – “Well, I can’t promise you that it will work, but I can guarantee that you won’t get a baby if we give up.”

    I knew our odds were low, but I also felt hope in working with you and your staff. I remember one day not long before the transfer during one procedure or exam or another, amidst my usual fretting, fretting, fretting – suddenly feeling an overwhelming sense of peace come over me, and the deep knowing that nothing could stop this baby from coming into our lives. I didn’t know if she would come through my body, or adoption, or even surrogacy, but I knew we had another child coming to us. That awareness helped me a lot in the weeks that followed. She is such a joy, the sweetest, sweetest little baby.
    So, thank you.

  34. How do I even begin to say thank you to Dr Gago and her staff? Words cannot express the feelings of pure joy that they have brought to our lives. We have been blessed with two beautiful daughters because the individuals we worked with who took the time to get to know us, understand our situation and collaborate on a plan that had the best chance for success. From the moment we walked into their office in 2009, to our last visit in 2012, we felt supported, and as though we were not alone. Dr. Gago kept things as simple as she could so that we understood the ‘why’ behind everything that was happening and so that we had a clear picture of what was coming. That made all the difference. We were a family, not a number.

    Thank you Gago Center, for filling our lives with a love we didn’t know was possible, for giving us the opportunity to know pure joy, to see the excitement that comes from a child’s learning and for showing us that even the seemingly impossible can be possible. Our hearts are forever changed, and we are so grateful!

  35. We were referred to Dr. Gago by our OB and we can not thank her enough for the referral! Dr. Gago and her staff were wonderful, thorough and treated us like we were part of their family. They took every measure and precaution to ensure that we would have a healthy, successful pregnancy. We could not have been more happy with how informative everyone was, their attention to detail and the quality of treatment.

    In May of 2013, after 3 tries of IUI, we were blessed with our first bundle of joy thanks to Dr. Gago & her staff and are expecting our second blessing in October of this year, after only 1 try! We are forever grateful to Dr. Gago and her staff for helping us to create our perfect little family that we always dreamed of, we could not have done it without them!

  36. I was a patient of Dr Gago last year and I had the best experience with her and her team in the professional and personal level. They are very knowledgable and carismatic. I had some health issues to take care before any fertilization procedure and Dr Gago took care everything and she got me ready and 100% for the most important procedure of my life. I had so much success that I only needed 1 time procedure and got pregnant that soon. Through the pregnancy I had some complications but they were fix and my twins are healthy and beautiful. I am the happiest women with my 2 babies ( Eric Sven and Lauren Grace) I am so thankful to God and Dr Gago and her team for giving me the best thing in my life and a gift that no one will take away from me. I will always remember that Dr Gago is part of one of the most important journeys of my life. Thank you do so much

  37. I was a patient of Dr Gago last year and I had the best experience with her and her team in the professional and personal level. They are very knowledgable and carismatic. I had some health issues to take care before any fertilization procedure and Dr Gago took care everything and she got me ready and 100% for the most important procedure of my life. I had so much success that I only needed 1 time procedure and got pregnant that soon. Through the pregnancy I had some complications but they were fix and my twins are healthy and beautiful. I am the happiest women with my 2 babies ( Eric Sven and Lauren Grace) I am so thankful to God and Dr Gago and her team for giving me the best thing in my life and a gift that no one will take away from me. I will always remember that Dr Gago is part of one of the most important journeys of my life. Thank you so so much

  38. My husband and I tried for over a year to get pregnant with no success and so my OB/GYN referred me to Dr Gago. Her and her staff were so knowledgeable whenever we had questions, supportive when I was frustrated, and comforting when I needed a hug.
    Before seeing dr. Gago, I tried a few rounds with Clomid with no success, one more round once I got to Dr. Gago and again didn’t work. So Menopur injections were used with the Ovidrel “release” injection I think it was called once I had one follicle that was mature. That’s right, only one follicle was maturing to the size that it needed to be. After the first round of Menopur we were pregnant! Yea!!! Blood work was showing all the hormone levels were great and doubling the way they should. Then for our first ultrasound….1,2,3 sacs! Oh geez, how did we get three!?? My husband started laughing like a dumby to which I yelled at him “it’s not funny!” He didn’t know how else to react, the poor guy was in shock. We were left alone in the room and I just remember crying….I was so happy but so afraid for the babies and for me….how can I carry three babies and make sure they are all healthy? I’m a small person as it is and have never been pregnant before. And we only had one follicle!!
    Well we did it :)) We are so so blessed….I can’t imagine not having these three angels…all girls…all healthy….all doing wonderful!!! I wouldn’t want it any other way….It was a pretty easy pregnancy I think besides the getting huge so fast. I didn’t have any complications except at the end and having contractions from week 18. I would have to go to triage but nothing ever progressed, it was just my poor uterus saying “what the heck! Too much stretching…”…I was able to carry them to 31.5 weeks, May 15, 2013…..all 3 weighed around 3 1/2 pounds….and were in NICU at U of M hospital for a month. I was forced into delivering them because I had developed Preeclampsia the last week. I was in the hospital for a week before giving birth and about a week after to deal with the out of control blood pressures. But the babies were just downstairs from my room so I got to spend all day with them. And once i was discharged home, my routine would be to spend the whole day with them, my husband would bring dinner after work and we would stay until 11 o’clock at night. We got to know the nurses at NICU so well. And then one day, time for them to come home! They all came home on the same day!! June 15th :)) Life has been amazing. We are so happy…

    I can’t believe my husband and I made these three little people, thanks to Dr. Gago and her staff. We would not have them if it weren’t for Dr. Gago. Our life is so wonderful and complete…We are so lucky that they we were all so healthy… ;)) Haley, Katelyn and Elaina

      1. Congratulations Kelley. I also have triplets from Dr. Gago. Mine are BBB and were born 3/2012. :). We have a Michigan triplet Facebook group if you want to join. Congratulations on your precious GGG. 🙂
        Jen

  39. Our beautiful baby boy Alexander arrived Dec. 2nd. 6lb 7oz. I remember calling Dr. Gago in the middle of the night crying because my hcg levels didn’t double. Not only did she help make this miracle happen, she comforted my worries on several occasions. Thank you, Dr. Gago and staff.

  40. Sitting here with my little Angel thinking about how lucky and happy we are to have her as our Daughter. We are forever grateful and thankful for Dr. Gago and her staff for making this possible. My husband and I were TTC for 4 in half years with no success. We started seeing Dr. Gago about 2 years ago after no success and terrible treatment at another fertility clinic. Dr. Gago and her staff made us feel so comfortable and kept a close eye on our treatments the whole time we were there. We finally got a POSITIVE pregnancy test after our second round of IUI. We were absolutely thrilled. We gave birth to a beautiful baby Girl October 11th 2014. I had to post my success story for everyone looking for hope when you are feeling like there is none. I was one of those people and Dr. Gago and staff have made our lives fulfilled with more love we ever knew existed and we are so appreciative. I have attached a few pictures of our sweet Baby Girl. Alivia Renee:)


  41. We cannot begin to describe our gratitude to Dr.Gago, Dr.Paige and the entire staff for everything they have done for us. Everyone welcomed us with open arms and they treated us like family. Many times they answered questions, held our hands, cheered us on and were shoulders to cry on. I’m not sure there are words to express what they have done for our family and us. When we first came to Gago Center for Fertility we were feeling a bit hopeless and lost but we soon learned that sometimes what seem totally impossible could be possible. I could never imagine how one little dot could fill my heart with so much joy and love. No one could ever explain how holding my sweet girl and my baby boy for the first time and seeing her and him in there daddy’s arms for the first time could totally melt my heart. Our house is filled with pure happiness and laughter and we could not feel more grateful. Thank you for making our family complete.




  42. Thank you Dr. Gago and Gago Center for Fertility!
    We have suffered with infertility for many years. We have had multiple cycles of IUI and IVF. We have worked with multiple Infertility practices. We were lucky enough to adopt a baby boy, but we wanted him to have a sibling and of course to be parents again. Luckily we went to Gago Center for Fertility. Dr. Gago was able to look at our records from previous attempts and come up with a plan that we wanted to try. She connected with us and gave us hope, even after all our previous unsuccessful attempts. We were successful on our first attempt and now have a beautiful and healthy 6 month old boy.
    We can’t thank Dr. Gago enough for helping us complete our family!

  43. We can never thank Dr. Paige, Dr. Gago, and all of the amazing staff at Gago Center for Infertility enough for the gift of our beautiful daughter, Ellie. After years of heartbreak trying to expand our family we sought the help of Dr. Gaga and her staff. We were treated like family from the very first appointment. The staff listened to our concerns, answered our questions, and provided us with a plan to achieve the family we desired. After years of no luck every month our dreams came true after just one month with Dr. Gago! Our time with Dr. Gago was thankfully short, but the experience was a positive one we will never forget.

  44. I just wanted to update on our success story. Our girls just turned 1 and we truly are blessed. We can’t thank Dr Gago and her staff enough for giving is our wonderful baby girls. It took awhile for us to get there..after a few iui cycles not working out then stopping a couple years to save money for ivf.. but we did it!! Thank you again for everything.. nothing but praise. You and your staff are God’s angels here on earth helping to make dreams come true.

  45. My story is a long one but after going through IVF with several known physicians and fertility clinics in Southeastern Michigan and about to go through the process one more time; I was strongly directed by a professional in the egg donor business to see Dr. Gago. I took her advice and set up an appointment. My consultation with Dr. Gago gave me hope. I finally felt that I had a Dr. that was treating my “specific” fertility issues and was completely dedicated to helping me have a child. She was up for the challenge and was very positive despite the history of many failed attempts. That year I gave birth to Brayden who is now four and recently my husband and I found out that we are having twins in May.

    Dr. Gago’s staff is equally dedicated and clearly are advocates for their patients. Unlike other clinics when I left a messages for the nurses I always received a returned call in a timely manner. I was given calendars, daily calls to review my medicine protocol and if I was feeling nervous they were always there to help address my concerns.

    The process one goes through to have a child can be a tearful one and coupled with financial aspects can be mentally exhausting. Dr. Gago’s team helped me navigate through the emotional and financial aspects as well. I truly believe I would not have Brayden who is the love of my life or the two new bundles of joy, who are on their way, if it were not for Dr. Gago.

    Because my experience with Dr. Gago’s office was such a good one when the time comes to share Brayden’s story with him, it will be a happy one. It will be nice to revisit the pictures I have of the staff and Dr. Gago holding Brayden. I will share the iron will and knowledge of Dr. Gago and her team’s emotional commitment in making Brayden a reality.

    My words of wisdom to those who are about to go through this process, if you want good memories before, during, and after your child is born, I assure you that Dr. Gago and team with provide you that. You need to dig in, follow your protocol, and never give up! To Dr. Gago and Staff a big thank you!

  46. We just wanted to update on our success story.our boy turned 3 months old and we can’t thank enough Dr.Gago and her staff for giving us our wonderful & handsome boy ‘Vivaan Balyam’.
    Thank u again for everything from bottom of our hearts for making our dream come true.:)

  47. After a year of trying on our own, one round of IUI with the Gago Center, we were pregnant. Incredible. Gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, 8 pounds 15 oz. Life changing. Amazing. Eternally thankful.

  48. We came to Dr.Gago after 3 years of trying to conceive with another fertility Dr. Dr.Gago was amazing and we can’t thank her enough for what she did for us. After only 3 months with her we were able to conceive and now we have a precious little girl born may 28.

  49. Thank you for our beautiful baby Gago Center for Fertility! On December 2nd, 2015, Lillian Olivia Ross came into our lives and has been our whole world ever since. I always just assumed that when we were ready for children I would get pregnant so when we decided we were ready and I didn’t get pregnant I made an appointment with your office. After trying medication for several months (one early miscarriage) and 2 cycles of IUI (one 2 month miscarriage) we did IVF with genetic testing and had our 2 healthy embryos implanted. One of them grew to be Lillian. Through the dozens of blood draws, injections, procedures and everything else Gago’s office was supportive and encouraging and we are forever grateful. Our little family is complete. Lillian is almost 9 months old now, crawling all over the place, standing up and trying to walk. We love her more every day. Being a mother is so much more than I ever could have imagined.

  50. We loved working with Dr. Gago and her team. Being two women, we needed help from the beginning! We were extremely lucky and got pregnant on our first round of IUI. On February 3, 2016, Rebecca had our two week over due, 10lb baby, Rhuland (Rhu). We are smitten and cant wait to try for the next one!

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