New Embryologist For Midland Fertility Services

Issue Date: 21 July 2005

Victoria Duffield, trainee clinical embryologist at MFS
Victoria Duffield, trainee clinical embryologist at MFS

Midland Fertility Services (MFS) has appointed Victoria Duffield to its team of embryologists. Victoria joins as a trainee clinical embryologist after achieving a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Medical Science, from Leeds University.

Her responsibilities include the diagnostic assessment of semen samples, the in-vitro culture of eggs and embryos and the cryopreservation of patients’ sperm, eggs and embryos.

She will complete her Certificate in Clinical Embryology by 2007 to become a fully qualified embryologist and licence her involvement in egg recoveries and embryo transfers, as well as the injection of sperm into eggs as part of the IVF ICSI procedure.

Victoria welcomes her new role: “Embryology is a fast-developing lab discipline and offers me constant variety. Working at MFS also gives me the added bonus of daily patient contact – it’s very satisfying getting a positive treatment result and seeing happy patients!”

“Victoria joins MFS at a very exciting time,” Says Su Barlow, MFS laboratory director. “Our clinical pregnancy rate of 26.4% per cycle started for IVF and ICSI for January to May shows an improvement of 123.7% on the same period for 2004, as a result of constantly improving techniques and the skills of the embryology team at MFS.

“In addition we are currently awaiting the birth of the UK’s first twins conceived from frozen eggs after the mother’s treatment at MFS.”

Originally from Sunderland, Victoria (24) lives in Lichfield.


MFS was established in 1987 and is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to offer a range of fertility treatments and procedures including IVF, ICSI, egg donation, egg and embryo freezing and sperm recovery. In 2002 the UK’s first ‘frozen egg’ baby was born following treatment at MFS. In 2004 MFS celebrated the birth of the 3,000th baby born after treatment at the clinic and in June 2005, registered its 13,000th patient. Based in Aldridge and Wolverhampton, it treats both private and NHS patients.