PRESIDENT / FOUNDER
Why does infertility matter to you, personally?
As a woman and mother that struggled with infertility myself, I know how hard it is to deal with the uncertainty of infertility. From miscarriage, to failed IUIs, failed IVFs, and now a perfect “frozen baby” that I am so blessed to love on every day and watch her grow. Infertility does not discriminate - and staring a family should not be negotiable for any woman.
How common is it?
Did you know that 1 in 5 women suffer with infertility in the US?!?! It’s so common, that nearly 20% of women between the ages of 15-49 with no prior births will have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. I’m not a betting woman, but with those odds, it’s a miracle that we are blessed with so many new babies every year! And just goes to show how strong and determined women can be when it comes to their children, and starting a family.
When did you decide you wanted to start this foundation?
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for anyone dealing with infertility because it can be such an isolating experience. Through our store, I was able to connect with women who were dealing with the same uncertainty, and I loved being able to share stories, experiences, and the emotion of it all in person. Our entire company is focused around a new mom and her baby, and I’ve always loved sharing my own experience and knowledge of infertility with others young women.
Hypotheticlly, if you were to look back on this foundation - 5/10/15 years in the future and be proud of ONE accomplishment, what would that be?
Our goal for Conceive has always been to help educate, support, and inform all women about their reproductive health and starting a family. Every single family we can help along the way will be a huge success, and I can only dream about the day that we will be able to celebrate every healthy baby that was born with the love and support from Conceive Fertility Foundation.
"Most women would probably say that the birth of their child is an even bigger day than their wedding day. For us to be a little part of that is a huge privilege." This is the inspiration behind Conceive Fertility Foundation: to help women struggling with infertility, a battle Katy faced in growing her own family. Her hope is to bring new life into the world and help create the miracle of families, from one generation to the next.
Dr. Retzloff is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has served on the Executive Council for SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies) and has authored and presented numerous studies related to IVF and ICSI at national professional society meetings. His special interests include infertility, fibroids, surgery related to fibroids, advanced operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, to include daVinci robotic assisted surgery, and in vitro fertilization.
Look for his publications in leading journals such as Fertility and Sterility, The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Hasty is from Jefferson, TX where she graduated valedictorian. She attended Texas A&M University (whoop!) and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Biomedical Science in 1992. She completed medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she was inducted into the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. While in medical school, Dr Hasty elected to stay in San Antonio for her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency. Here she met Dr. Nancy Rector-Finney who had the same dream as her: to build a small, nurturing medical practice where patients would feel comfortable and relaxed while receiving excellent care. With one existing patient, the two opened Four Seasons Ob/Gyn in August 2001.
Dr Hasty chose obstetrics and gynecology because it provides her with the ability to develop long lasting relationship with her patients as well as do major and minor surgeries that improve the quality of women’s lives.