MFS becomes 1st IVF clinic in the UK to use Inhibin B to assess ovarian reserve
Helped establish new IVF unit in Jamaica
April: birth of MFS ‘Baby 2,000′ – Molly and Hannah Pitchforth (pictured in 2012 with parents Jim and Sally)
Fitness for Fertility’ programme introduced – special diet and exercise programme for patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
June: the UK’s first ‘frozen egg‘ baby born following treatment at MFS (pictured in 2012 with mum Helen Perry), giving hope to young cancer patients who can now ‘preserve’ their fertility by egg freezing before chemotherapy
July: the UK’s first baby born after her mother was treated with Viagra to thicken the lining of her womb, as part of her fertility treatment at MFS
May: birth of 2,500th baby following treatment at MFS – Francesca Brookes (pictured in 2012 with parents Michelle and Garry)
April: UK’s first twins born after the mother was treated with Viagra to thicken her womb lining, as part of her fertility treatment at MFS
July: birth of 3,500th baby after treatment at MFS – Lola Turley (centre – pictured with her mum, Maria, Francesca (baby 2,500, left] and Cameron [baby 3,000, right) and Dr Gillian Lockwood [centre back])
October: 18th birthday of MFS’s 1st baby (see 1998)
January: MFS expands to include the second floor of Centre House in Aldridge
May: MFS medical director, Dr Gillian Lockwood and MFS communications manager, Jill Anthony-Ackery co-author Fertility & Infertility for Dummies
February: birth of MFS ‘Baby 4,000′ – Erin and Lewis Cross (pictured in 2012 with parents Darren and Carole)
June: MFS celebrates its 21st birthday with a party attended by 1,000 patients and MFS babies, children and teenagers
June: birth of the first MFS frozen blastocyst baby
August: birth of MFS ‘Baby 4,500′ – Ellie and Richie Gummerson (pictured with parents Libby and Mark, and Jill Anthony-Ackery from Midland Fertility)
October: 21st birthday of MFS’s 1st baby (see 1988)
December: MFS confirms clinic’s first twin pregnancy from vitrified blastocysts
June: MFS confirms birth of the clinic’s first twins born from vitrified blastocysts
November: another MFS record-breaker! Ryleigh Mae Rose Shepherd is born on 18 November 2010 after her embryo had been frozen and stored for 11 months, 2 months and 5 days, before transfer. She is a conceptual triplet to her sisters Megan Mary and Bethany Jayne born on 13 August 1999
December: . . . and another UK milestone too! Olivia Grace Bate, the MFS’s and the UK’s first ‘flash-frozen’ (vitrified) egg baby was born in December 2010 bringing delight to her parents and confirming MFS’s position as the UK’s leading egg freezing clinic.
January: MFS confirms the birth of the first boy and the UK’s second ‘flash-frozen’ egg baby, following the birth of the clinic’s, and the UK’s, first vitrified egg baby (see above) in December 2010 (pictured in 2012 with parents Satnam Singh and Palvinderjeet Kaur)
April: birth of MFS ‘Baby 5,000′ – Harry and Jacob Moreby (pictured in 2012)
June: ESHRE conference confirms birth of the world’s 5 millionth IVF baby
October: birth of MFS ‘Baby 5,500′ – Isaac Joseph Bettesworth (pictured in April 2013 with his parents Emily and Scott and Shelagh Fogarty of BBC Radio5Live)
10 April: death of Sir Robert Edwards, who with Professor Patrick Steptoe developed the IVF technique and were responsible for the birth of Louise Brown,the first world’s first test tube baby in July 1978
23 April: Midland Fertility hosts a live 2 hour broadcast of the BBC Radio5Live Shelagh Fogarty health show
October: EmbryoScopeTM comes to Midland Fertility – a time-lapse imaging incubator which will improve livebirth rates
April: Midland Fertility announces new blastocyst reults: following IVF treatment, from May 2013 to April 2014 the current pregnancy rate for blastocyst transfer for women of all ages is 60.2%
July: Birth of 1st Time-Lapse Imaging Baby. Pixie was born following ICSI treatment and then her embryo was incubated and observed with time-lapse imaging
August: Midland Fertility launches new branding and corporate ID
August: Birth of ‘Baby 6,000’. Xander was born following ICSI treatment (Xander pictured with his parents Sarah and Sam)
6 September: last patients are treated at Centre House, Aldridge. Director of nursing services, Heidi Birch performed the very last embryo transfer, just as she had done at Little Aston in 1993, before the move to Centre House
8 September: Midland Fertility opens for business in Tamworth
August: 1st Baby born after EmbryoGlue treatment. Laura and Chris had four embryo transfers which all resulted in early pregnancy loss, before Laura was treated under the miscarriage service which included EmbryoGlue during her fifth transfer, resulting in the birth of Amber.
March 2016: Midland Fertility confirmed a livebirth rate for women aged up to 35 years was 50.0% for IVF – compared to the current published national average of 31.1%. For more info
May 2016: In response to patient feedback, Midland Fertility launches ‘Shared Motherhood‘ IVF for lesbian couples, which enables one partner to be the genetic mother of the baby, while her wife/partner is the birth mother.
November 2016: Midland Fertility Joins The IVI Group
IVI is a world leader in assisted fertility treatment with over 2000 professionals providing care across more than 50 clinics in 11 countries worldwide.
IVI has clinics opening across the UK and warmly welcomes Midland Fertility to the IVI family.
Partnering with leading fertility experts in the UK, IVI is committed to bringing the most innovative techniques and treatments based on our extensive and ongoing scientific research to our patients.
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Midland Fertility treats both self-funded and NHS-funded patients who may be referred by either their GP or consultant, or who may self-refer if they are aware of an existing condition or set of circumstances that means
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Midland Fertility is located at:
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Patients' free on-site parking - come through the gates and turn right, and then left around the corner of the building,
Midland Fertility has joined the worlds largest assisted reproduction group IVI and will be trading as IVI Midland.
All Content on the site will be live until the 11th May 2017 and the clinic contact details will remain the same.
If you have any questions please contact the patient relations team on 01827 311 170 or visit ivi.uk/clinics/midland