Patients Bring Nurses Back To Fertility Clinic

Issue Date: 14 November 2007

Sarah Watson and Jennie Sandford
Sarah Watson and Jennie Sandford

Two experienced nurses have returned to Midland Fertility Services (MFS), because they missed the patients.

Both Sarah Watson and Jennie Sandford returned to the clinic where they had previously nursed for five and six years respectively, after the clinic advertised for just one new fertility nurse specialist.

“I moved to North Wales to start a gift shop, but nursing at MFS really is the best job in the world and I missed the patients too much!” said Sarah (35), who now divides her time between her business near Harlech and MFS in Aldridge.

Jennie (37) who commutes to Aldridge from Kinver added: “After my career beak, I considered a possible career change, but nothing could compare to helping people to have babies, so I knew that I wanted to go back to MFS.”

“Sarah and Jennie bring all their experience of both general nursing and treating infertility and we are delighted they have re-joined the team of 15 nurses, midwives and nursing assistants,” said Heidi Birch, director of nursing services at MFS.

“Our highly trained nurses carry out some procedures that only doctors are allowed to perform at other clinics and hospitals and Sarah’s and Jenny’s previous experience and their rapport with patients further strengthens the nursing team at MFS.”

“MFS recently achieved Investor in People (IiP) re-recognition and welcoming staff back to work is evidence of the IiP comment that ‘MFS places no constraints on development or opportunity’.”


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.