Our Lab Facilities

At Kaiser Permanente, the in vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratory is often described as the heart of our fertility centers in the SF Bay Area and Sacramento. Like a healthy beating heart, the IVF laboratory provides the essential elements for life to flourish.

Our Equipment

Our highest priority is to ensure all embryos are handled with the utmost care. Using leading-edge equipment, our embryology scientists work closely with your doctor to ensure the most advanced lab techniques are tailored to your specific plan of care. Our labs keep up with the latest IVF technology and techniques, including the latest benchtop incubators (e.g., Labotecht C-Top), advanced laser and micromanipulation systems, as well as critical 24/7 monitors and alarms for cryostorage and incubators.

Quality & Safety

Our labs are equipped with high quality air systems that include carbon filters, which control particulate matter (minute particles that may cause harm to sensitive cell membranes) from entering the lab. Combined with careful handling by the embryologists, this environment allows your tissue (e.g., eggs, sperm, embryos) to develop to its highest potential.

Safety protocols are followed by all lab team members throughout your care. Our labs practice a strict chain of custody procedure that ensures the safety of your gametes and embryos throughout the IVF process in the lab. The advanced technology we have put in place, including alarms and cameras, is utilized so that your tissue is always protected.

Our labs are routinely inspected and accredited by the gold standard College of American Pathologists (CAP) *who ensure our procedures and protocols meet the highest standards for safety, quality, and effective patient care in reproductive lab medicine. We are members of and report to the *Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART), an organization that establishes clinical and lab standards for IVF programs nationally.

Experienced Staff

The embryologists are led by board-certified leaders with more than 25 years of direct experience in clinical IVF labs. Our embryology teams are well-trained, skilled, and meticulous experts in assisted reproductive technology.

A family begins in your heart. Our laboratories, the heart of our IVF centers, are here to partner with you as you achieve the family of your dreams.