Can you describe your role at FCI?
I am currently the Embryology Lab Manager. I work with a Director, two supervisors, and six embryologists and provide training, coaching, and mentoring as needed. I also work in the lab doing the embryology procedures most days.
How long have you been with FCI?
I am in my 14th year in the FCI Embryology Lab – and I have the white hairs to prove it!
What made you decide to work in fertility?
I started out in fertility medicine as a fluke. A former student had an opening in the embryology lab and reached out to me to see if I would be interested. I was and the rest is history.
What do you love about your role?
I love teaching and coaching, both of which I get to do in my current role. That is probably one of my favorite parts of the job. I am also a science geek, so I really enjoy working with a microscope and human gametes.
What is your proudest moment at FCI?
Some of my proudest moments are when former patients seek me out to share their stories and show off their beautiful, healthy babies. It is really gratifying when we see that we have helped to positively change a couple’s life in that way. I am also very proud of the patient education sessions we have created here at FCI. I believe an educated patient is a happier patient.
You see everyone go through the ups and downs. How do you support patients?
There are definitely ups and downs in this business, and while words can never erase the pain that can come with the territory, I can be a shoulder to cry on or even a friend to rejoice with. Going back to the enjoyment of teaching – I have the ability to explain the IVF process in terms that patients can understand, and I think they appreciate that. It hurts me when a patient doesn’t get pregnant or loses a pregnancy, and it elates me when everything goes well. I think patients see that and appreciate that as well.
What is a quote that inspires you?
My favorite quote is about character, and it is how I try to live each day.
“You express the truth of your character with the choice of your actions.”
Want to Meet Jill? She’s Hosting an Event!
Wednesday, April 26 | 6:00PM-7:30PM | Register >
Jill Mathews, TS(ABB) – Embryology Manager
Embryologists play the central role in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. Join embryologist, Jill Mathews, and learn what actually happens to your eggs, sperm, and embryos in the lab. You will learn how eggs are fertilized, embryos grow, and eggs, sperm, and embryos are frozen. This fascinating presentation is recommended for anyone planning to go through IVF, already been through IVF, or are simply curious. Take a peek inside the lab with us! Bring your questions!
This is an event to celebrate National Infertility Awareness Week! Visit our NIAW page to learn more!