Midland Fertility Welcomes Baby 6,000

Issue Date: 27 October 2014

Fertility nurse specialist Victoria King with Sam and Sarah Rhodes and their 8 week old son, Xander Stephen John, who is the 6,000th baby to be born after treatment at Midland Fertility
Fertility nurse specialist Victoria King with Sam and Sarah Rhodes and their 8 week old son, Xander Stephen John, who is the 6,000th baby to be born after treatment at Midland Fertility

Midland Fertility is delighted to confirm the birth of the 6,000th baby born after treatment at the clinic.  Xander was born in August 2014 to Sarah (31) and Sam (32) Rhodes of Birmingham.

After trying to conceive for more than three years, and following an unsuccessful IUI cycle at their local hospital, Sarah and Sam were referred to Midland Fertility for further help in 2012. The couple, who both work in the mortgage sector, also received NHS funding for their treatment.

Investigations showed that the couple would need ICSI treatment to maximise their chances of success. But after the egg collection, Sarah was unable to have her embryos transferred as her endometrium was not developed enough to receive them.

“I understood why the embryo transfer could not go ahead and I was happy that the right decision had been made to give us the best possible chances of a successful treatment cycle,” Sarah said.

All 11 embryos were frozen for future treatment and in March 2013 the couple returned to Midland Fertility for a frozen embryo transfer. A single embryo was returned to her uterus and two weeks later, the couple was delighted to get a positive pregnancy test.

Two weeks after that, a six week scan at Midland Fertility revealed a strong heartbeat – but then no heartbeat was detected at their NHS 12 week scan. “We were just devastated at the news. It was particularly painful after our happiness of having the positive pregnancy test,” said Sam (32).

After a short break from treatment, Sarah and Sam felt ready to try a further frozen embryo transfer cycle. Another positive test followed, and, again, the six week scan showed a single heartbeat.

“We were really pleased with the result but this time I was petrified every day until I started to feel him move. I couldn’t really relax and enjoy being pregnant for some time,” said Sarah.

After a trouble-free pregnancy, Xander was born at Good Hope Hospital – and once the clinic had been notified of the date of his birth he became a part of Midland Fertility history by becoming ‘Baby 6,000’!

“The team were thrilled when they learned of Xander’s birth” said Jill Anthony-Ackery, communications manager at Midland Fertility. “He, with our other milestone babies, represents and celebrates all the 6,000+ babies born after treatment at Midland Fertility.

“Many congratulations to Sarah and Sam on the birth of such a wonderful little boy, from everyone at Midland Fertility.”

Facts about infertility in the UK:
• 1 in 6 couples have difficulty conceiving (around 3.5 million people)
• a couple will be diagnosed as infertile if they have not managed to conceive after a whole year of trying
• in the UK, of all the couples having IVF treatment, 50% have female fertility issues and 50% have male fertility issues
• common causes for infertility in women include a lack of regular ovulation, fallopian tube blockage and endometriosis. Common causes for men include poor quality of semen ie low sperm count. For 25% of couples, the cause of infertility is unknown
• more than 60,000 cycles of IVF are performed in the UK each year
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