Fond Farewell to ‘The Baby-Maker’
Patients and staff of Midland Fertility Services said a fond farewell to fertility nurse specialist Vicki Robinson, who has performed crucial stages of treatment resulting in the births of almost 1,000 babies.
She was joined on her last day by four ‘Midland Fertility Babies’- Connie Anthony-Ackery (11) from Ledbury in Herefordshire, Toby and Barney Elton (4) from Sutton Coldfield and George Bissell (1) from Stafford. All four were born as a result of IVF treatment where Vicki did either the egg collection or embryo transfer – or both! Coincidentally, their three mothers were also colleagues of Vicki’s at Midland Fertility.
Vicki (47) joined Midland Fertility in 1996 and further developed her excellent ultrasound scanning skills to perform both IVF egg collections and embryo transfers. These procedures are usually performed only by doctors, but as a nurse-led practice, Midland Fertility nurses and midwives were some of the first in the world to develop these skills and to regularly carry out these important stages of IVF treatment. It continues to be unusual for nurses to undertake these highly skilled roles.
In 1999 Vicki was appointed nurse manager, but after seven years in the role she chose to scale back her hours and concentrate on egg collections.
During her 18 years at Midland Fertility, Vicki performed almost 3,000 IUIs and embryo transfers and nearly 3,000 egg collections – and almost 1,000 new lives were the result!
Heidi Birch, director of nursing services at Midland Fertility said: “Vicki has been a very important member of the Midland Fertility nursing team and is admired and hugely appreciated by patients and her colleagues alike. Her legacy is the hundreds of children, born after her involvement in their parents’ fertility treatment – they are a fantastic testament to her nursing skills.
“We will miss her, and wish her and her husband the very best for their future plans.”
“Midland Fertility has been a wonderful place to work,” said Vicki. “The clinic is committed to staff training to provide the most up to date services to patients. I will miss both staff and patients enormously but will look forward to hearing about the continued success for both Midland Fertility and the 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 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. The clinic’s and the UK’s first two vitrified egg babies were born in December 2010 and January 2011, followed by ‘MFS Baby 5,500’ in October 2012. In 2012 MFS marked 25 years of ‘making babies’. Based in Aldridge, West Midlands, MFS treats both private and NHS patients.
Issue Date: 3 March 2014