Searching For The Teenage ‘Miracle Babies’
Issue Date: 16 April 2008
Midland Fertility Services (MFS) is searching for some of the babies who were born after their parents had treatment at the clinic in the late 1980s and through the 1990s, to be part of a unique celebration of MFS’s 21st birthday.
The clinic has commissioned a photograph which will include children born in each of the 21 years since 1988, when the first ‘MFS baby’ was born.
“We have had a fantastic response from patients who would like their child or twins to feature in this historic photograph,” said Jill Anthony-Ackery, communications manager at MFS. “But we are missing children who were born in some of the years between 1989 and 1999 and would love to hear from any patients with whom we may have lost touch and whose sons or daughters are now aged nine to 19.”
“We are not aware of any other fertility clinic in the world that has produced a photographic ‘snapshot’ of such a variety of ages of assisted conception babies and these teenagers and young adults are an important part of the story the picture will tell.”
The photograph will feature in the regional and national press and will also be displayed at the MFS 21st birthday party on Saturday 28 June 2008, which will be attended by hundreds of current and former patients and their families.
Former MFS patients should contact firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 April 2008 if they would like their children to feature in the MFS 21st birthday photograph.
Since MFS was established in 1987 almost 4,000 babies have been born to more than 16,000 registered patients.
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 clinic’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 16,000th patient in January 2008. Based in Aldridge MFS treats both private and NHS patients.