Midland Fertility’s ‘Homegrown’ Staff

Emily was conceived after IVF treatment at Midland Fertility and now she is a member of the admin staff at the fertility clinic!
Emily was conceived after her parents’ ICSI treatment at Midland Fertility and now she is a member of the admin staff at the fertility clinic!

One of the newest members of staff at Midland Fertility is also one of the babies the IVF clinic helped to conceive. Filing clerk Emily Metcalfe (17) was born after her parents, Helen and Nigel, received ICSI treatment in 1997.

When she was offered the job, Midland Fertility, on Ventura Retail Park, was unaware that she was ‘one we had prepared earlier’! Emily is now one of the weekend administration team, while also studying for a level three diploma in animal management, at the South Staffordshire College Rodbaston Campus.

Helen and Nigel, of Tamworth, were advised they would need fertility treatment following two ectopic pregnancies. The team who treated them included Su Barlow, now the laboratory director, and Heidi Birch, the director of nursing services.

Emily Metcalfe (2nd left),  with her parents Nigel and Helen and sister Charlotte. As one of the scientists on her parents’ treatment team, laboratory director Su Barlow (centre), would have viewed Emily as an embryo!
Emily Metcalfe (2nd left), with her parents Nigel and Helen and sister Charlotte. As one of the scientists on her parents’ treatment team, laboratory director Su Barlow (centre), would have viewed Emily as an embryo!

Emily was born in June 1998 after a single cycle of ICSI treatment – and her sister Charlotte (13) followed in July 2001, after a frozen embryo transfer. As their embryos were created at the same time, they are actually ‘conceptual twins’, but born three years and one month apart!

Emily joins the unique group of 30 other ‘Midland Fertility Milestone Babies’ as the ‘first baby to become a member of staff’. Her mother Helen said: “We’re so proud of Emily and her unique place in Midland Fertility’s history.”

“Five of the current staff have been successful patients at Midland Fertility, but Emily is the first member of staff who is actually one of the 6,000+ babies who have been born since the unit opened in 1987,” said Su Barlow, laboratory director.

“It’s lovely to think that I saw Emily as an embryo of just a few cells and here I am now, working alongside her!

“Many of our patients feel forever linked to Midland Fertility, and now Emily and her family will always have an extra very special connection with the unit.”

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Issued: 30 June 2015