‘Conceptual Twins’ For Cannock Couple
Issue Date: 20 August 2007
Michelle Fullard and Sean Anderson of Norton Canes, near Cannock are celebrating the birth of their second son, a ‘conceptual twin’ for their first baby who was born following fertility treatment at Midland Fertility Services (MFS) in Aldridge.
Their first son Tyler Reece was born at 9.51am on 21 July 2005 and little brother Kai Preston was born at 9.52am on Thursday 19 July 2007 – and both measured 51cm. Because their embryos were created at the same time during IVF treatment, they are ‘conceptual’ twins, although separated in birth by almost two years.
Michelle (30) and Sean (43) tried for a baby for more than four years before her GP suggested they try fertility treatment to help them conceive.
After tests at MFS on both Michelle and Sean, fertility experts recommended IVF ICSI, where a single healthy sperm is injected into the middle of the egg using a glass needle 1/10th the width of a human hair.
Both babies were born after just a single cycle of privately funded IVF treatment at MFS. After the embryo transfer resulting in the birth of Tyler, Michelle’s and Sean’s four remaining good quality embryos were frozen in liquid nitrogen at -196˚C giving them the chance of a brother or sister for Tyler.
Following the thaw of all four embryos in November 2006, and the transfer of the best two into Michelle’s uterus, the couple returned to MFS two weeks later for a pregnancy test.
“I couldn’t believe we could be so lucky to have two pregnancies and two babies from two embryo transfers from one treatment cycle,” said Michelle. “We were delighted that we had the chance of another baby without the cost and emotion of another full course of fertility drugs.
“We know we are very lucky and that other couples having fertility treatment don’t always get pregnant, but it does show that fertility treatment doesn’t always involve using all your savings and that it is possible to have one or more babies from just one IVF attempt.”
“Conceptual twins are always a double celebration because the parents have not one, but two longed-for babies from a single treatment cycle, sometimes after years of being unwillingly childless,” said Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director of MFS.
“Not all clinics are able to successfully freeze, thaw and transfer embryos, but from January to June 2007 the clinical pregnancy rate at MFS for frozen embryo transfers was 38%, which is only marginally lower than the 40% for IVF and ICSI fresh transfers.
“Good quality embryo freezing and transfers give many patients another chance to have a baby – or to have conceptual twins or even a third baby in the future.”
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.