International Nurses’ Day at Midland Fertility Services
Nurses at Midland Fertility Services (MFS) will mark International Nurses’ Day on 12 May 2011 with business as usual! That is, helping people have the much-longed for babies they dream of.
International Nurses’ Day celebrates everything that is good about nurses and nursing. The 12 May was selected because it is the birth date of Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing.
MFS is a nurse-led practice with an 11-strong nursing team, including fertility nurse specialists, clinical midwives and fertility nurse assistants. They have more than 85 years of experience at the Aldridge-based unit – in addition to their general nursing and midwifery experience. All the nursing team treat NHS and privately-funded patients.
And in 2010 they were all part of the two significant milestones at MFS with the births of the UK’s first baby born from a vitrified egg and the clinic’s first twins from vitrified blastocysts. In total MFS confirmed 248 livebirths in 2010.
As well as the usual fertility nurse and clinical midwife responsibilities, five of the nursing team also carry out egg collection procedures and surgical sperm retrievals, which are performed only by doctors at other clinics. It means they are some of the most experienced fertility nurse specialists and clinical midwives in the world.
Many have worked at MFS for several years, caring for some patients through two or more treatment cycles, often over a few years. This continuity of care and knowledge of each patient’s specific treatment is welcomed by many patients who appreciate a familiar, friendly face to help them through their treatment.
Heidi Birch, director of nursing services at MFS said: “The nursing team at MFS combine the highest professional skills with compassion for every patient and a genuine desire to give people the baby they want so much.
“I have an excellent team and while comments from the website Forum and countless ‘thank you’ cards throughout the year highlight the appreciation of the patients, they all deserve the extra recognition they will get on International Nurses’ Day.”
Issued: 12 May 2011
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 2008. The 4,500th baby was born in August 2009 and the clinic’s and the UK’s first two vitrified egg babies were born in December 2010 and January 2011. Based in Aldridge, West Midlands, MFS treats both private and NHS patients.