Fertility Clinic Celebrates Its 19th Birthday And The Birth Of ‘Baby 3,500′ With A Party For 650 Patients
Issue Date: 2 September 2006
Midland Fertility Services (MFS) celebrated its 19th birthday and the recent birth of its 3,500th baby at a huge party on Saturday 2nd September.
Making her public debut was Lola June Turley, MFS’ 3,500th baby, with her parents Marina (37) and Lee (36), who live in Norton Canes, Cannock. Lola was born on 10th July 2006 after Marina and Lee tried for a family for almost eight years, including four years of fertility treatment.
After trying to conceive for two years, hospital tests revealed problems with Lee’s sperm, and that Marina and Lee 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.
“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,” said Marina. “The staff at MFS were fantastic and helped us cope with everything we went through. Without them, we may have given up sooner.
“We know that Lola is very special and being MFS’ 3,500th baby makes her even more so. It’s a wonderful milestone to be a part of.”
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 in the fun, enjoying live music, face painting and the opportunity to meet so many other ‘miracle babies’. Many of the couples were happy to share the stories of their fertility treatments to give hope to other couples trying to conceive.
“Nowadays almost everyone knows 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.”
At the party, Lola was photographed with two other MFS ‘milestone babies’ when she met ‘baby 2,500′ Francesca Brookes (3½ years) born in May 2003 and Cameron Sinclair (22 months) who was the 3,000th baby born after treatment at MFS at his birth in November 2004.
286 babies were born between July 2005 and June 2006 after treatment at MFS, a huge increase on the five babies born during the clinic’s first year of births.
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.