Fertility Clinic Celebrates The 18th Birthday Of Its First ‘Baby’
Issue Date: 11 October 2006
Midland Fertility Services (MFS) celebrated the 18th birthday of Brett Rigby, the first baby born after treatment at the unit (yesterday, 10 October).
Brett and his mother Pauline returned to the Aldridge-based clinic that helped her and husband Martin to become parents after seven years of infertility and two unsuccessful cycles of IVF treatment at a London clinic.
They met some of the staff including Heidi Birch, director of nursing services, and Donna Rea-Gardner, administrator, who were part of the original team that treated Pauline and Martin from 1987�\”1990, resulting in the birth of Brett on 16 October 1988 and his sister Michelle (15) on 6 April 1991. The MFS team presented Brett with £75 of Amazon.co.uk gift vouchers.
Brett was born after just one cycle of IVF at MFS, which was established at Little Aston in 1987 and moved to the current Aldridge site in 1993. Pauline and Martin, of Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield, were some of the very first patients to be treated.
“I’ve always been aware that I’m the clinic’s first success story,” said Brett. “It’s something I’m proud of and talk about quite openly.”
“Nowadays almost every class at every school includes a child born after IVF treatment,” said Heidi Birch. “Brett was one of the first IVF babies in the region and is one of more than 3,500 babies born after treatment at MFS in 19 years. We send him very best wishes for his 18th birthday and for the years ahead.”
After gaining 7 GCSEs at Netherstowe School in Lichfield, Brett is currently studying A-levels. Next year he plans to go to university to study product design.
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. In September 2005, the UK’s first twins were born from ‘frozen eggs’ fertility treatment at MFS, followed by the first ‘frozen egg’ boy in December 2005. In April 2006 the UK’s first twins were born following the mother’s treatment with Viagra as part of her fertility treatment at MFS. In July 2006, the 3,500th baby was born after treatment at MFS. Based in Aldridge and Wolverhampton, MFS treats both private and NHS patients.