How many people does it take to make a baby?
Issue date: 1 July 2016
Welcome to a new blog series which follows the fertility journey (yes, it’s the ‘J’ word!) of Laura and Chris Washington, and the conception and safe arrival of their gorgeous daughter Amber, and which profiles the 16(!) members of the Midland Fertility team who helped make this possible.
Laura and Chris had tried for a family for five years before being referred to Midland Fertility for help from the dedicated team of experts.
“I had been diagnosed with a double Fallopian tubal blockage so our chances of conceiving naturally were practically zero,” said Laura.
The couple, from Cannock, underwent their first cycle of NHS funded ICSI treatment which resulted in a positive pregnancy test. The couple’s joy however was short lived when Laura sadly suffered an early miscarriage.
Without delay the couple underwent another frozen embryo transfer cycle and again, a positive pregnancy test followed. Unfortunately, their worst fears were realised when Laura miscarried for a second time.
In the following months, tests by the miscarriage team at Midland Fertility also revealed that Laura had a ‘sticky blood syndrome’ known as MTHFR, and natural killer (NK) cells in her endometrial lining which meant her own body would attack embryos, believing them to be a foreign invader. Both these would cause early pregnancy loss.
Despite being treated with a different combination of drugs, two further embryo transfers both produced negative test results.
During 2014, Laura and Chris bravely decided to give it one last try.
Midland Fertility used intralipid infusions to help suppress Laura’s immune system and allow the embryo to implant, along with a specific combination of drugs to counteract her ‘sticky blood’ and low Protein C.
A further clinical procedure that the Midland Fertility team felt would benefit Laura was the endometrial scratch. This involves a very fine plastic tube being passed through the cervix and into the uterus. It is then moved around gently to disrupt the endometrial lining. Evidence has shown that this procedure can improve the chances of embryo implantation.
In addition, EmbryoGlue® was added to the embryos before transfer to increase the chance of the embryo bonding to the uterus and for successful implantation. And Amber is the first baby to be born following the use of EmbryoGlue® during transfer at Midland Fertility!
The couple were delighted to report a positive pregnancy test and a six week scan confirmed a healthy heartbeat.
Week by week Laura and Chris relaxed into pregnancy and welcomed their daughter, Amber, in August 2015.
“Our dream of becoming a family wouldn’t have been realised without the hard work of the Midland Fertility team,” said Laura.
Who exactly are the team and how did their input make a difference to Laura and Chris’ treatment?
Follow The Babymakers series on the blog, over the next 16 weeks to find out more…