A big welcome to issue 25 – a special issue to celebrate Midland Fertility Services’ 25th anniversary.

The MFS 25th Anniversary '25 Milestone Babies'
The MFS 25th Anniversary '25 Milestone Babies'

Let’s go back 25 years to 1987. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister for the third time, hurricane force winds hit the south of England and Terry Waite had been kidnapped in Beirut. ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Fatal Attraction’ were huge box-office hits and George Michael released ‘Faith’, while U2 sang ‘With or Without You’. The average UK home cost £44,040 and a gallon (that’s a gallon, not a litre) of petrol was £1.89, Louise Brown was nine years old – and the first patients began treatment at Midland Fertility Services, which had just opened at Little Aston Hospital.

So, back to 2012, while much of the UK has spent the summer celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and our Olympians will be going for gold at London 2012, Midland Fertility Services has celebrated its own silver anniversary – 25 fabulous years of helping people to have babies. In Made in Aldridge, read about a special event to celebrate all the 5,000+ MFS babies, represented by 25 of the unit’s ‘milestone babies’.  They were invited to be a part of the picture, purely by the milestones they represent, but if we had ‘auditioned’ them on looks and personalities we couldn’t have found a more gorgeous, engaging and delightful group of babies, toddlers, ‘tweenies’, teenagers and young adults. It was a total privilege to meet all of them, and their families, at this unique event.

In other news, read about staff changes and achievements, and catch-up on Dr Lockwood’s review of ESHRE, the international fertility conference, in Istanbul.

We hope you enjoy this celebration e-newsletter and welcome your feedback. And if you’ve found it a good read, why not tell a friend?


Jill Anthony-Ackery
Communications Manager