Tricia MacKenzie is an RN and is co-leader of the nursing team at Atlantic Assisted Reproductive Therapies.
How and why do you choose to work in the fertility field?
I come from a big family with four brothers and sisters. I also have two children of my own and believe family is important. I think the idea of making that a reality for others is the reason why I wanted to work in the fertility field.
What is the most meaningful part of your job?
The most meaningful part of my job is sharing the burden of infertility with the patients by being there to listen to them and to help them on their journey. Undergoing treatment can be emotionally, financially and mentally stressful. Our team tries to reduce stress as much as possible for the patients.
What makes your job challenging?
The overall misconception of fertility among the general public. Many people believe that you will have a baby when reach a certain point in life, but that’s not always the way it goes. Working in this field has changed the way I see things. Usually people ask couples, “When are you having a baby?” and I now know what many people experience to try and conceive.
What is a success story that has stuck with you?
Success comes in many forms. We want everyone to have a healthy baby. We also want everyone that goes on this journey with us to feel cared for, listened to and acknowledged. At the end of the day, we do everything we can to ensure our patients have the best possible outcome.
One patient struggled with infertility for years. She had a number of cycles with AART and had two successful pregnancies. Most patients do one to two cycles and I feel it is a financial struggle for many. Not everyone can afford IVF and I would love to see IVF funded by the province during my career.
What is a new trend or issue you see coming up more in the last year in the field?
Preimplantation genetic screening and diagnosis (PGS/PGD) is a way for checking embryos for chromosomal abnormalities, which yields a higher success rate for ongoing pregnancy. We are excited to offer this as part of our services at AART.
What words of encouragement would you give to someone just starting on their fertility journey?
I would say to be cautiously optimistic. You are starting a journey that may change the way you see the world. You aren’t alone and we will help you through your journey. Feel free to reach out to us. The nurses return phone calls the same day seven days a week and we are here to help.
Many patients end up becoming friends and it is a great support network. A lot of people don’t talk about fertility treatment and I would encourage patients to connect with one another.
Why would you recommend someone come to AART for fertility support?
Our staff at AART is the best! We are very warm and welcoming and we want the best possible outcome for patients. The nurses can be reached by phone seven days a week and will be there for you throughout your fertility journey. We are a non-profit clinic and our decisions are based on what is best for our patients. Although AART has among the best success rates in Canada, we recognize that not all patients will become pregnant. We are here to support you in your journey and our success depends on your experience at AART.Leave a reply →