A Medley of Christmas Carols at Midland Fertility Services

Midland Fertility Services (MFS) will celebrate another year of helping people to have babies, with a medley of ‘Christmas Carols’ . . . and Caroline and Carolyn and Karolina and Charlotte and Carl and Carol-Ann!

A medley of ‘Christmas Carols’ at MFS: (clockwise from front) Caroline Price, receptionist; Carol-Ann Smith, office manager; Charlotte Rea-Gardner, filing clerk; Dr Karolina Palinska-Rudzka, clinical research fellow; Carl Birch, facilities manager and Carole Heap, housekeeper
A medley of ‘Christmas Carols’ at MFS: (clockwise from front) Caroline Price, receptionist; Carol-Ann Smith, office manager; Charlotte Rea-Gardner, filing clerk; Dr Karolina Palinska-Rudzka, clinical research fellow; Carl Birch, facilities manager and Carole Heap, housekeeper

Seven of the 49 staff have the festive-linked name and they will be leading the Aldridge-based clinic’s staff celebrations of 249 babies who have been born since last December, with another 232 babies expected from on-going pregnancies.

Receptionist Caroline Price joined MFS in 1993 at a time when fewer than 100 MFS babies had been born.  Since then she has been joined by similar namesakes Carl Birch, facilities manager and Dr Karolina Palinska-Rudzka, clinical research fellow and more recently by Charlotte Rea-Gardner, filing clerk; Carolyn Sage, secretary; Carol-Ann Smith, office manager and most recently Carole Heap, housekeeper. Their names all derive from Charles, originally a German name, meaning ‘free man’, but all now have the Christmas connection.

In the last year they have been part of the team of clinical and laboratory experts, administration staff and the business support team who have treated more than 735 couples who want to have a baby, with a range of infertility investigations, treatments and preservation services – including 640 IVF cycles.

During 2010, the unit’s 23rd year, MFS marked the birth in June of MFS’s first twins born from ‘flash frozen’ blastocyst embryos and, before the end of the year, the team is looking forward to the birth of the UK’s first baby born from IVF treatment using a ‘flash-frozen’ egg.  In early 2011, MFS will register the 20,000 patient enquiry and later in the year, will celebrate the birth of the 5,000th baby born after treatment at the clinic.

Caroline Price said: “Christmas is an extra-special time of the year, especially when there’s a new baby in a family.  So many of our patients have waited a long time to celebrate with their own baby and so the staff at MFS – and all its ‘Christmas Carols’ – wish them all a very Happy Christmas.”

For more information visit www.midlandfertility.com or call 01922 455911.

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Issued: 21 December 2010

Editor Notes

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 early 2008, the 4,000th baby was born after treatment at MFS and the clinic celebrated its 21st anniversary in June 2008.  The 4,500th baby was born in August 2009.  Based in Aldridge, West Midlands, MFS treats both private and NHS patients.