Walsall Family Joins 900 At Fertility Clinic 21st Birthday Party

Issue Date: 30 June 2008

The Harris family join the party
The Harris family join the party

Midland Fertility Services (MFS) celebrated its 21st birthday at a huge party on Saturday 28 June attended by 500 current and former patients and the 400 babies, toddlers, teenagers and young adults MFS helped them to conceive.

Guests enjoyed three hours of magic-themed fun hosted by Wizard Wonky, including face painting, Tumble Tots, giant puzzles, arcade games, art competitions and a ‘fantasy’ fancy dress parade for the children.

Jane (43) and David (50) Harris from Shelfield, near Walsall joined the party with their three daughters conceived after two cycles of ICSI fertility treatment at MFS. ICSI is a development of IVF where a single healthy sperm is injected directly into the centre of the egg using a fine glass needle 1/10th the width of a human hair.

Gracie (4) was born in April 2004 and, after another treatment cycle, twins Scarlet (2) and Natasha (2) followed in May 2006. With three children, David and Jane shared their good fortune after their treatment by choosing to donate their remaining embryos and giving another couple the chance to have a family.

“The girls had so much fun at the party and it was a chance for us to say thank you to the staff at MFS for giving us the family we thought we might never have,” said Jane. “It was also lovely to be able to talk to other parents who had had a combination of twins and singleton babies after their treatment at MFS.”

“More than 4,100 babies have been born after treatment at MFS over the last 21 years, giving many couples the families they so longed for,” said Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director at MFS. “The party celebrated the birth of all these babies, many of whom are now teenagers and young adults and who have brought so much to the lives of their parents and wider families. It was wonderful to see so many of them at the celebrations.”

“In the year where the world also marks the 30th birthday of the first-ever test-tube baby, the variety of ages of the MFS babies at the party was a reminder that IVF ‘babies’ are not just taking their first footsteps or getting their first teeth, but are also taking GCSEs, A-levels and attending universities.” MFS is the longest established independent fertility clinic in the West Midlands and treats both private and NHS-funded patients at its clinic in Aldridge.

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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 Vi4gr4 as part of her fertility treatment at MFS. In erly 2008, the 4,000th baby was born after treatment at MFS and the clinic registered its 16,000th patient in February 2008. Based in Aldridge, West Midlands, MFS treats both private and NHS patients.