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Overcoming Infertility (1986)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-02-14

Duration: 00:28:06

Subjects: Infertility | Health | In vitro fertilization


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Nachman, Karen Reporter
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • McGaw, Denise Interviewee
  • Dickey, Richard Interviewee
  • Posey, Kathleen Interviewee
  • Taylor, Steven Interviewee
  • Dunaway, Heber, Jr. Interviewee
  • Whitley, Amy Interviewee
  • Whitley, Ty Interviewee
  • Eaton, Susan Interviewee
  • Stuckey, Marvin Interviewee
  • Curole, David Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from February 14, 1986, features a special report on infertility, a problem facing one out of every five couples in Louisiana. First, Ken Johnson reports on in vitro fertilization. He interviews: Denise McGaw of Houma, the mother of Louisiana’s first set of test tube triplets; Dr. Richard Dickey, the founder of the Fertility Institute of New Orleans; Dr. Kathleen Posey, obstetrician; Dr. Steven Taylor, infertility specialist; Dr. Heber Dunaway, Jr., infertility specialist; and the mother of the first test tube baby in Louisiana. Next, Laura Myers reports on the emotional side effects for couples struggling with infertility. She interviews: Amy Whitley and Ty Whitley of Baton Rouge; Susan Eaton, a social worker at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge; and Dr. Marvin Stuckey of Woman’s Hospital. Lastly, Johnson conducts an in-studio interview with two infertility specialists, Dr. David Curole and Dr. Steven Taylor. They discuss: the increase in infertility due to couples waiting to have children; the psychological impact of infertility on a couple; the in vitro fertilization process; the male factor in infertility; the sperm donor program; and the joy associated with helping couples to have children.