National Gianna Center announces opening of first major affiliate in U.S. Southeast

July 24, 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Fertility announced today the grand opening of its first major affiliate in the southeastern United States, Gianna of the Gulf South. Founded in New York City in 2009, with national headquarters and a primary surgical hub at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, N.J., the National Gianna Center has grown to include affiliates in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with 14 additional centers under development in the United States.  The National Gianna Center’s goal is to become a leader in the field of women’s reproductive health care by offering a unique approach called restorative reproductive medicine.

“Restorative reproductive medicine has the potential to revolutionize the way women think about their reproductive health care – and the way that physicians think about women’s health,” said Ronald C. Rak, JD, founding president of the National Gianna Center for Women’s Health & Fertility.

A woman’s fertility cycle – the cyclic hormonal changes that make pregnancy possible and generate a monthly menstrual period – is accompanied by detectable signs and symptoms that women and doctors can learn to interpret in order to identify states of health and disease.

“Women are empowered to understand the changes in their body and to identify medical problems,” said Anne Nolte, MD, co-founder of the National Gianna Center’s New York City affiliate.

“My patients are surprised to learn that certain patterns of bleeding or pelvic pain may indicate a future risk of infertility or that severe, prolonged PMS may be a sign that a woman is at risk of having a miscarriage,” Nolte added. “They are shocked to learn that certain patterns in their cycle may put them at risk for premature development of heart disease and diabetes.  Once women learn that their symptoms matter and they begin to pay attention to the language of their fertility cycle, they feel empowered to become partners in improving both their reproductive health and their overall health.”

“Women are increasingly seeking more natural alternatives for managing reproductive and gynecologic health problems,” Rak noted. “In the past, the only alternatives for menstrual cycle problems were the potent hormones contained in hormonal contraceptives or, for couples facing infertility, invasive procedures such as in vitro fertilization.  I am proud that Gianna of the Gulf South is collaborating with the National Gianna Center to offer alternatives for treating women’s reproductive health problems and infertility by using more natural alternatives that work in concert with a woman’s natural cycle. In the area of infertility, couples are able to conceive naturally without having to resort to in vitro fertilization.”

All Gianna centers offer education in the Creighton Model Fertility Care System, medical treatment for gynecologic and reproductive health problems using alternatives to hormonal contraceptives, and restorative alternatives for treating infertility and miscarriage.  Gianna New Brunswick and Gianna of the Gulf South also offer advanced gynecologic surgery for treating conditions such as endometriosis in women that contribute to infertility and reproductive health problems.

 About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital; and Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corp., which oversees the system’s outpatient facilities. These include the CARES Surgicenter; New Brunswick Cardiac Cath Lab; Community Care Services Inc.; the Margaret McLaughlin McCarrick Care Center Inc., a residential skilled nursing facility in Somerset; and Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center in Monroe Township. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600

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