We’ve all seen the story by now, the California fertility clinic’s massive mistake that led to two couples giving birth and raising babies that were not genetically related to them for months before realizing the mishap. You’ve probably asked yourself, how could this happen? And if you’re considering IVF, how can you make sure this won’t happen to you? To get you answers, we sat down with Raleigh’s own Embryologist, Alease Daniel, who has more than a million views on her TikTok channel @aleasetheembryologist.

CAP stands for College of American Pathologists and accreditation includes an on-site high level evaluation of laboratory policies and practices. “I would never in a million years go to a lab that’s not CAP accredited,” said Daniel.

SART is the primary organization of professionals dedicated to the practice of IVF, or assisted reproductive technology (ART). The organization represents the majority of the ART clinics in the country. The mission of SART is to establish and maintain standards for ART so that you receive the highest possible level of care. “There really is a lack of legislation of what is required in an IVF lab,” added Daniel but clinics should at least be reporting to SART.

If the staff does not seem happy they likely don’t treat their staff well so would they treat you well as a patient?

Daniel tells her TikTok followers, “I’m all for second opinions and if they get offended they are likely not on board with what’s best for the patient.” 

Alease Daniel studied genetics at North Carolina State University when she discovered the field of reproductive health and medicine and now works full-time at Atlantic Reproductive in Raleigh.