Farragut Press Touts Role of Southeastern Fertility, Dr. John Gordon in Historic Birth

Our hometown newspaper, the Farragut Press, recently reported on the role of Southeastern Fertility in the historic 1,000th embryo adoption birth facilitated by our nonprofit partners at the National Embryo Donation Center. The NEDC is the first embryo adoption program in the world to surpass the 1,000-birth milestone.

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John David Gordon had the honor of performing the transfer that resulted in the birth of Emmie Sue to proud parents Josh and Ashley Brookhart.

You can check out the article by clicking this link. We’ve also included the text of the article, which sheds good light on why Dr. Gordon moved to Knoxville to join Dr. Keenan at Southeastern Fertility, verbatim below:

Farragut’s own National Embryo Donation Center has become the first embryo adoption program in the world to reach the milestone of 1,000 births.

When Emmie Sue Brookhart, “adopted” as a frozen embryo, was born healthy Sunday, Oct. 18, in Davenport, Iowa, to parents Josh and Ashley Brookhart, she became the 1,000 birth facilitated through NEDC.

NEDC physician Dr. John David Gordon performed the successful frozen embryo transfer through the NEDC’s medical partner, Southeastern Fertility, earlier this year.

“I am just so happy to have been part of Josh and Ashley’s journey,” said Gordon, who joined the practice in 2019, partnering with Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, NEDC president and medical director. “Every single one of those 1,000 babies has their own unique story, and these successes are a result of the amazing team effort put forth by the NEDC.

“Embryo adoption is a fantastic option for many couples that struggle with the issues inherent in assisted reproduction. Since joining the team at Southeastern Fertility, I have an even greater appreciation for the outstanding work done by the NEDC to coordinate the embryo adoption process.”

“Starting and running the NEDC, in addition to an academic and clinical medical practice, has been a huge amount of work, but I would do it all over again without hesitation,” said Keenan, who brought Gordon on board to help with the SF workload. “I would have never predicted, 20 years ago, that the NEDC would turn into the largest, most experienced and most successful embryo adoption clinic in the world.

The NEDC opened in West Knoxville in 2003, forming as a direct result of a vision cast by Christian Medical & Dental Associations CEO Dr. David Stevens, who saw the need for a high-quality, scientifically and ethically sound way to honor the dignity of the human embryo.

Since then, the faith-based organization has gained distinction as a leading comprehensive non-profit embryo adoption program whose purpose is to protect the lives and dignity of frozen embryos that would not be used by their genetic parents and to help other couples build the families they have longed for via donated embryos.

Embryos have been donated to the NEDC from all 50 states, and couples have traveled to Knox County from all over the United States, as well as some foreign countries, for their embryo transfers.

Gordon’s start here

It was for these very reasons that Gordon, a third-generation physician, agreed to partner with Keenan in 2019.

He said as his reproductive endocrinology career unfolded, “Moral dilemmas came up regarding fertilizing embryos and what to do with them afterward,” Gordon said. “It became hard to wrestle with,” especially as he learned there are currently more than one million frozen embryos with unknown futures.

“When my patients ended up with too many eggs, there was the situation left with what should be done with them,” he added. “Do you continue freezing them? Destroy them? That was a huge dilemma for me.”

Already praying about the situation, meeting Keenan helped Gordon see what his next professional step needed to be.

While Gordon readily admits, “I don’t like change. My daughter even said to me that I hate to even change toothpaste brands,” he, his wife, Allison, and Susannah — their youngest of four children — moved from the Washington, D.C., area to Farragut last year.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Should You Worry About Cramping & Spotting After an Embryo Transfer?

It’s not uncommon for women to experience a variety of physical symptoms in the days following an IVF embryo transfer. These symptoms can include cramping, spotting and more. So when is it time to worry, and which are probably no big deal?

Southeastern Fertility IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum says mild spotting or bleeding is generally nothing to worry about. Cramping is also likely not cause for concern. In fact, these can all potentially be good indicators that the transfer is on its way to yielding the hoped-for results.

On the other hand, if you’re experiencing sharp pains or excessive bleeding, it’s time to call the physician’s office and let them know what’s going on. These are potentially troubling signs.

For more detail on what is generally cause for concern and what is likely not, check out this brief conversation below between Lynda and Southeastern Fertility’s Mark Mellinger.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

About Sibling Embryo Transfers…

How does it work when you come back to Southeastern Fertility for a sibling embryo transfer? That’s the topic of this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility” (below) with Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John David Gordon, IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum and a special guest.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

How does it work when you come back for a sibling embryo transfer? That’s the topic of this week’s Talk Fertility. Here are Dr. G, Lynda and a special guest.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, September 18, 2020

 

Possible Side Effects of Fertility Medication

Anytime you begin new medication, it’s only natural to wonder about the possible side effects. Certainly it’s very reasonable, when you enter the brave new world of infertility treatment involving medication, to ask about potential side effects. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John David Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum address possible side effects of some of the most common fertility medications below in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.”

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Possible Side Effects of Fertility Medication

What side effects can accompany fertility medication? Answers, plus some nice yarn-spinning from Dr. G, in today’s Talk Fertility.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, September 11, 2020

Why You Need a Full Bladder for Your Embryo Transfer or Trial Transfer

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum explain why you need to have a full bladder when you come in for embryo transfers and trial transfers. Check out the latest edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility” below.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Why you need to have a full bladder when you come in for embryo transfers and trial transfers, in today’s Talk Fertility.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, August 21, 2020

How We Handle “Extra” Embryos

Learn why you will never have a dilemma about what to do with remaining embryos when you go with Southeastern Fertility -plus enjoy a little sci-fi nerding out- in this edition of our Internet show “Talk Fertility.”

To schedule your free 15-minute online consult with Dr. G, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

How We Handle "Extra" Embryos

Why you will never have a dilemma about what to do with remaining embryos when you go with Southeastern Fertility, plus a little sci-fi nerding out, in this edition of our Internet show "Talk Fertility."

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, July 17, 2020

Freedom from the Frozen Embryo Dilemma

How can you have freedom from the dilemma of remaining frozen embryos? Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum explore that below in this edition of our Facebook Live show “Talk Fertility.”

To schedule your free 15-minute online consult with Dr. G, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Freedom from the Frozen Embryo Dilemma

How you can have freedom from the dilemma of remaining frozen embryos, in today’s Talk Fertility.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, July 3, 2020

Ordering Your Steps on the Infertility Treatment Escalator (or is it Escalaytah?)

How should you order your steps when it comes to infertility treatment? Take some quick pointers from Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum in this edition of our Facebook Live show, “Talk Fertility.”

How should you order your steps when it comes to fertility treatment?

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, June 26, 2020

To schedule your free 15-minute online consult with Dr. G, call 865-777-0088 or click here.

To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Hope for Those Dealing with Male Factor Infertility

Dealing with male factor infertility? Think you’ve explored all the possible solutions? There may be some potential avenues of help you haven’t investigated. Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum look into those in this edition of our Facebook Live show “Talk Fertility.”

Struggling with male factor infertility? Here’s some HOPE!

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, June 19, 2020

To schedule your free 15-minute online consult with Dr. G, call 865-777-0088 or click here.

To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Getting Started with Southeastern Fertility

Just about ready to get started on your treatment with Southeastern Fertility? In this edition of our Facebook Live show “Talk Fertility”, Dr. John Gordon and IVF Nurse Lynda McCollum venture to the great outdoors to tell you what you need to know.

Getting Started with Southeastern Fertility

Just about ready to get started on your treatment with Southeastern Fertility? Dr. G and Lynda venture to the great outdoors today to tell you what you need to know.

Posted by Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery, PLLC on Friday, May 29, 2020