MFS Appoints Award Winner As New Fertility Nurse Manager
Issue Date: 15 May 2007
Midland Fertility Services has appointed Mandy Godwin as the new nurse manager at the Aldridge-based fertility clinic.
Mandy (40) joined MFS in 2003 as a midwife fertility specialist, after qualifying as a direct entry midwife at Good Hope Hospital in 2002 and working in the Sandwell Hospital maternity unit. She lives in Streetley.
In 2006 she won the British Fertility Society Canadian Nurse Exchange after presenting a paper on her research into fertility drugs, which she prepared as part of her MSc in Women’s Health.
She was congratulated on her new role by patient Laura Kemp (30) and her son Alfie, who was born in February 2007 after two full cycles of IVF treatment at MFS. Laura and her husband Martin (36) were treated by Mandy for most of their second cycle and she says: “Mandy was a major support for us – both face to face or on the phone. I was so stressed after our first treatment, but Mandy guided me through the second cycle step-by-step and was very reassuring.”
As nurse manager at MFS she will continue to manage her own patient caseload and also have immediate responsibility for the team of 10 midwives, fertility nurse specialists and fertility nurse assistants. She will also work closely with Heidi Birch, director of nursing services to continue to improve the high clinical standards of MFS and ensure patients have the very best care.
“Mandy’s experience as a midwife and fertility specialist and her rapport with patients are valuable assets for MFS,” said Heidi Birch. “We are delighted that Mandy can further develop her career at MFS and that the clinic and its patients will benefit from her knowledge and empathy.”
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 May 2002 the UK’s first ‘frozen egg’ baby was born following treatment at MFS. 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 unit’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 and the clinic registered its 15,000th patient in January 2007. Based in Aldridge and Wolverhampton, MFS treats both private and NHS patients.