Families Gather To Celebrate Fertility Clinic’s 18th Birthday
Issue Date: 3 September 2005
Babies, children, parents and grandparents celebrated Midland Fertility Services’ 18th birthday at a huge party on Saturday 3 September.
Brett Rigby (16), the first baby born after treatment at Midland Fertility Services (MFS), attended the party with his mum Pauline and sister Michelle (14), who was also conceived after IVF treatment.
Brett was introduced to Leo Smith from Conwy, who at three weeks old is one of the clinic’s most recently-born babies.
More than 400 other babies, children and teenagers, who have all been born as a result of treatment at the Aldridge based fertility clinic, and their families joined the fun. The children and their families enjoyed live music, face painting, bouncy rides and the opportunity to meet so many other ‘miracle babies’.
Pauline and Martin, from Wylde Green, tried for a baby for more than five years when tests revealed that Pauline’s fallopian tubes were damaged, preventing any chance of natural conception. They re-mortgaged their house to pay for two cycles of IVF in London in 1986. When both attempts failed, they became patients at the newly-opened MFS in 1987.
Brett was born after three cycles of IVF on 16 October 1988. His sister Michelle followed after a further treatment cycle on 6 April 1991.
“I don’t think it makes any difference whether you are conceived naturally or with a little help in a test tube,” said Brett. “I don’t make a secret of it and I’m quite proud to be the clinic’s first IVF baby.”
“Nowadays almost everyone knows of someone whose baby was born after assisted conception, and some are now growing children and teenagers,” said Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director of MFS. “Many of these have younger brothers and sisters also conceived after fertility treatment. MFS is delighted to have helped so many couples over the last 18 years to start and complete their families, often with more than one baby.”
317 babies were born after treatment at MFS in 2004, a huge increase on the five babies born during the clinic’s first year of births.
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.