Needing to go the Fertility Specialist route can be nerve-wracking for some because if you’re anything like most of us, you fear the unknown. In this interview with Dr. Marie Werner, MD, FACOG,HCLD/TS(ABB) of Reproductive Medicine Associates of NJ (RMA NJ) I want to introduce you to a sweet and kind expert in the field of Fertility who will be there for you on your journey.
When did you first decide to become a physician? What attracted you to your specialty?
I have wanted to be a doctor from a young age and I think a big piece of that was growing up with strong role models in the medical field. I love the opportunity to work closely with patients and find medicine intellectually fascinating. While in medical school my close family member (and seemingly all of her friends) were going through fertility treatments and I watched them grow into incredible parents. Specifically, my sister-in-law’s struggle with infertility taught me how powerfully this field of medicine can touch people’s lives, and I knew it was a perfect match the day I delivered my niece.
If you had to do it all over again, would you still specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology?
Absolutely, yes! The journey to motherhood is such a special time in a woman’s life and to be a part of the story is an incredible privilege.
Has being a Fertility Specialist met your expectations? Tell us all about it.
I can honestly say I love what I do. It took a long time to get here, but it was all worth it. I feel fortunate that I work in a practice that has the necessary tools to offer patients the best possible outcomes.
What services do you and RMA NJ provide?
At Reproductive Medicine Associates of NJ I strive to offer patient-centered care tailored for each person’s history. As a first step, diagnoses is most important. The initial consultation is focused on identifying underlying issues that may need to be treated. Next, the goal is to develop a timeline and a treatment plan based upon diagnostic testing.
We may start with tracking ovulation in a natural cycle, medications, inseminations, or some may even need in vitro fertilization. For patients with known genetic conditions, we have the ability to screen embryos prior to implantation so that we can do everything possible in an attempt to ensure a healthy pregnancy. At RMA NJ, we are here early every day so patients have the autonomy to engage in care on their timeline.
When should a couple be concerned that they are not conceiving?
If you’re under 35 and have been trying for a year without success or can’t stay pregnant it’s time to speak to a specialist who can help you find the safest and most effective options that feel right to you. If you’re over age 35 and in the same situation you should speak to a specialists after six months.
Not all fertility centers practice medicine the same way, so patients need to do a little homework. Where you go for infertility care can make a big difference in your chance for success. At RMA NJ our success rates are about 60% for patients under 35, nearly 20% higher than the national average.
What are the most challenging and rewarding parts of your job?
Tough question! Navigating the journey to becoming a parent is both the most challenging and rewarding part of what I do. I have the most amazing patients and I might be their biggest cheerleader as they go through treatment cycles.
What types of outreach/volunteer work do you do?
I think community outreach is really important and Reproductive Medicine Associates of NJ supports this initiative. Most recently we have hosted fertility wellness events to educate patients on the importance of communication between the mind and body in collaboration with providers such as nutritionists, doulas, and acupuncturists.
I also believe in the importance of educating patients and future doctors with the most up to date evidence based medicine. We host lectures throughout the year, you can check out our Events Calendar here. I also routinely lecture for both residents and fellows in obstetrics and gynecology and I am actively involved in research.
What is the biggest piece of advice you can offer couples planning to get pregnant?
The most important advice I give couples is to have fun while trying. Remember to enjoy the journey together.
Dr. Marie D. Werner, MD, FACOG Dr. Marie D. Werner is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director. She completed her Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship at RMANJ in the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson fellowship program, where she had the privilege of training in clinical medicine, molecular genetics and embryology. Dr. Werner completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center where she served as the administrative chief resident. She obtained her B.A. from Boston College in 2004 and her M.D. from New Jersey Medical School in 2008.
As a mother of two young children and a proud aunt of an RMA baby she values the importance of family and is excited to help others during their reproductive years. Dr. Werner understands that the journey to pregnancy is important, but she also values efficiency in reproductive management to maximize every opportunity. Dr. Werner enjoys the salt air and warm breezes of living at the beach, spending time with family and friends, and dancing.
To schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Werner, click here.