MFS Celebrates The Birth Of ‘Baby 3,500′ And 19 Years Of Fertility Treatment
Issue Date: 24 August 2006
Midland Fertility Services (MFS) celebrates its 19th birthday and the birth on 10th July 2006 of Lola June Turley – MFS’s ‘Baby 3,500′ – at a huge party on Saturday 2nd September.
Lola’s parents, Marina (37) and Lee (36) of Norton Canes, Cannock tried for a baby for more than two years, after which, hospital tests revealed problems with Lee’s sperm, and that they would need fertility treatment to conceive. Their three cycles of treatment over four years included three egg collections, five embryo transfers, three negative pregnancy tests, the miscarriage of twins and, finally, the birth of their daughter.
Marina and Lee married in August 1998 and immediately started trying for a family. But every month brought no luck and after two years they went to their GP who arranged for a sperm test for Lee and a laparoscopy for Marina.
The results of the sperm analysis confirmed that they would need fertility treatment to conceive and they were also told that Walsall PCT would fund an initial single treatment cycle. They first visited MFS in June 2002 and were advised that Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) could increase the couple’s chance of having a baby.
In October 2002 Marina had her first egg collection, which was carried out with pain relief and sedation. After two days she returned to MFS for two embryos to be transferred back to her uterus.
Marina and Lee than began the long two week wait to do a pregnancy test to see if the treatment had worked. But on day 11, they were devastated when Marina started to bleed, indicating that she was not pregnant.
In January 2003 they returned to MFS for a frozen embryo transfer. Two weeks later they returned to the clinic more hopeful, because Marina hadn’t bled during the two week wait. When the nurse told them the pregnancy test was negative, they were numb.
Three months later they returned to MFS to use the best of their remaining six frozen embryos. This time the pregnancy test was positive!
But 10 days later, Marina again started to bleed and they both feared the worst as they returned to the clinic for a scan. Fear turned to relief and delight as a scan revealed two heartbeats.
The couple returned to MFS a couple of weeks later for an eight week scan. But again there was disappointment, as only one heartbeat was visible.
Finally they got to the 12 week scan on 4th July at the Manor Hospital and the couple were told devastating news that the fetus had ‘died’ at around nine weeks.
For the rest of 2003 and throughout 2004 the couple chose to have no further treatment and at the end of the year Marina was made redundant. However, they viewed this as blessing as it reduced the stress on Marina.
2005 began with a visit to MFS to start their second full cycle of treatment. Despite hopes being raised from a faint blue line on the pregnancy test, six days later Marina started to bleed and confirmed she wasn’t pregnant.
In August 2005 Marina and Lee returned to MFS to begin their third cycle, which resulted in a positive pregnancy test. Two weeks later, Marina and Lee returned for their six week scan which confirmed a single strong heartbeat.
During the first 13 weeks Marina was just a little queasy and she ‘bloomed’ until week 28, when she started to bleed and was admitted to Stafford hospital. After eight weeks in and out of hospital, Marina was admitted again and Lola June was born by emergency caesarean section on 10th July 2006 at 36 weeks, weighing a healthy 6lbs 9oz. She spent just one hour in the special baby care unit and was back with Marina for her first night.
Marina said: “We’ve been through so much and dealt with some real lows, but having Lola means everything to us and it hasn’t put us of trying again. The staff at MFS were fantastic and helped us cope with everything we went through. Without them, we may have given up sooner.
“Nowadays almost everyone knows of someone whose baby, child or teenager was born after assisted conception,” said Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director of MFS. “Sometimes, couples have a baby after just a single treatment cycle and others require more than one and experience heartache along the way. So we are delighted to celebrate the birth of Lola and all the 3,500+ babies who have been born after treatment at MFS over the last 19 years.”
Midland Fertility Services was established in 1987 and is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. In 2000 MFS became the first UK IVF clinic to use inhibin B to assess ovarian reserve and in 2002 the UK’s first ‘frozen egg’ baby was born following treatment at MFS, using the baby’s mother’s own egg and giving hope to young cancer patients worried about fertility preservation. In 2004, MFS celebrated the birth of the 3,000th baby following treatment at the clinic and in June 2005, registered its 13,000th patient. In September 2005, the UK’s first twins were born from ‘frozen egg’ fertility treatment at MFS. Based in Aldridge and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, MFS treats both private and NHS-funded patients from throughout the UK and abroad.