Clowning around with fertility treatments
For couples undergoing the serious process of fertility treatments, a little levity can be welcome both emotionally and now, it turns out, scientifically. According to a recent study published in “Fertility and Sterility”, clowns may have a markedly positive impact on the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer.
With that in mind, Medical Director of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Reproductive Centre Dr. Hananel Holzer will be welcoming two professionally-trained Israeli medical clowns to the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology this Thursday.
With big red noses and a comedic disposition, clowns Jerome Arous and Nimrod Eisenberg, will be making hopeful future parents smile and laugh with the goal of improving the chances their embryonic transfers will take. According to the study, such efforts have helped increase the success rate from 20 to 36 percent.
Arous and Eisenberg graduated with B.A.s in Theatre and Therapy for Medical Clowns from Haifa University in Israel. Both have honed their clowning techniques by studying in Paris at Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq. Eisenberg also studied in Padua at Kiklos Theatre.
The two clowns who have been travelling across Canada will be performing for willing patients undergoing IVF treatment at the MUHC. The MUHC has frequently drawn on the services of medical clowns, collaborating with Montreal-based organization “Dr. Clown”.
Media interested in attending the clown performance are asked to contact the MUHC Public Affairs in advance. Please note that some filming restrictions may apply to respect patient privacy.
Dr. Holzer and the clowns are available for interviews before and after the clown visit. All are fluent in English and French.
What: Clown performance to support hopeful mothers undergoing IVF
When: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 8:30 a.m.
Who: Jerome Arous and Nimrod Eisenberg, medical clowns
Dr. Hananel Holzer, Medical Director of the McGill Reproductive Centre at the MUHC, Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University.
Where: McGill Reproductive Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital of the MUHC, 687 Pine Avenue West, Women's Pavilion - 6th floor, ROOM No. F6.58
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