We recently sat down for an interview with Dr Marjorie Dixon of First Steps Fertility, so let’s take a look at the company itself.
First Steps Fertility – now First Steps Reproductive Health – is a Toronto-based reproductive medicine clinic which was co-founded by Medical Director Doctor Marjorie Dixon in 2007.
Doctor Dixon has helped patients seeking family building options for the last 13 years. She views her role as a fertility specialist to be a privilege and prides herself on offering individualised patient care. She is a highly trained Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist (REI). She has been actively involved in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) since 2002.
Her current practice is oriented towards patients struggling with infertility, as well as those seeking 3rd party options for family planning (for example, patients who are not necessarily infertile, but are in obligate need of eggs, a uterus or sperm). We believe Canada is the best jurisdiction in which to have a family for the LGBTQ community. Therefore, Doctor Dixon’s vision in building First Steps Fertility and – the soon to be opened – First Steps Reproductive Health, is to provide and support all types of families. At First Steps, we know that embarking on the journey to parenthood is not an easy one; that is why First Steps strives to support all individuals to navigate through the daunting world of fertility, so that their experience/ journey to parenthood can be made simple and straightforward.
The goal for First Steps Reproductive Health is to advocate and provide a centre that is patient oriented, and state-of-the-art, while offering individualised, compassionate and evidence-based medical care for all patients, no matter their marital status, sexual orientation, or ethnic/ religious background. How do we accomplish this? By providing patients –whether local, national or international – with informative, educational, and easy to understand programs.
First Steps has presented in educational programs geared toward the LGBTQ community. In early 2015, First Steps sponsored a training video, produced by the “LGBTQ Parenting Network” entitled “Scenes from a Fertility Clinic – LGBTQ People & Assisted Human Reproduction”. First Steps also sponsored a booth at the annual Toronto Pride Week. In October 2015, Doctor Dixon attended the annual conference of “The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)”. There, Doctor Dixon was invited to join the LGBTQ “Special Interest Group” and was present at their Inaugural Meeting.
Personally, Doctor Dixon has gone through fertility treatments herself, thereby giving her a unique perspective as a care provider as well. Doctor Dixon is dedicated to offering world class quality medical care in order to help others build their families, particularly all groups that are often not heard or forgotten.
At First Steps Reproductive Health, patients have at their disposal a variety of advanced reproductive care and other support services under one roof. Such services include:
- State-of-the-art Embryology and Andrology Lab
- Naturopathic Doctors
- Social Workers (experienced in all implications of 3rd party)
- Patient Support Groups
- Access to experienced Fertility Lawyers
- Ultrasound and Monitoring done on-site
- Travel Coordination/Arrangements
At First Steps Reproductive Health, we understand that the journey to parenthood can be a daunting one in all aspects: emotionally, financially and legally. That is why our goal is to assist and guide you as we know this journey is also an exciting time in your life. We want to ensure that your experience and health care is the best possible. Our team of highly qualified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialists, lawyers, counsellors and staff, along with our state-of-the-art facility will ensure you receive the world class care you deserve. This implies understanding that you require a unique, personalised treatment option with informative, educational and easy to understand programs that will help turn today’s hope and advancing technology into the utmost prized reward – your family.