Miracle babies celebrate their first Christmas

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Miracle babies who were born after successful IVF and other fertility treatments at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) returned to the centre to celebrate their first Christmas.

The BCRM at Southmead Hospital hosted a special Christmas party for babies born this year after their parents were successful in their fertility treatment.

Peter Wardle, lead consultant for Fertility Services at the BCRM> ,  said: "We moved to this new centre three years ago today and since then we have seen 2,500 babies born from fertility treatments here.

"In the last year that has been increasing and we expect that we will see almost 1,000 babies born in 2010, over 500 of those from IVF and ICSI treatments.

"That's 10 babies born a week which is remarkable.

"What better way to celebrate then inviting back some little people who were just small cells under a microscope the last time we saw them, and haven't they grown up well."

The BCRM offers a full range of fertility services to both NHS and self-funding patients and is one of the top 10 fertility clinics in the UK with pregnancy rates from IVF and ICSI treatments consistently above the national average.

The centre has a strong international reputation based on over 30 years of providing outstanding fertility services to patients travelling from across the South West region, Wales and across the country.

The BCRM moved into their current home, a £3.5 million state of the art building at Southmead Hospital, in January 2008.

June and David Wright, from Emerson's Green, Bristol, will be having their first Christmas as a family with six-month-old Lucy, who was born after the couple went through three rounds of Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment.

ICSI involves injecting a single sperm directly into an embryo in order to fertilise it which is then transferred to the woman's womb.  

Mr and Mrs Wright had been trying for a baby for five years before the arrival of Lucy.

Mrs Wright, 35, said: "It is amazing to have her as she is so precious to us, we are having a big family Christmas as it is such a special time for us.

"We are so lucky to have her and that she is here after five years of waiting.

"Mr Wardle was great and he never gave up on us when we felt like we should give up.

"I felt that there was always bad news but the staff at BCRM always found a solution, that they would not give up on us and I am so glad that we didn't."

Fertility advice and information about treatments at the BCRM can be found at www.bristolivftreatment.co.uk.