Published Mon, 2010-07-12 10:21; updated 4 years ago.
A new era of hope is dawning for women trying for a baby thanks to the launch of Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
The Edgbaston-based hospital is relaunching its fertility services under the new name Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre, previously the Assisted Conception Unit.
The centre will continue to provide the expert care to couples and individuals and is keen to attract women seeking fertility support across the region.
Every year hundreds of local couples and individuals seek treatment and success rates are high with more than 200 babies born each year thanks to the fertility help they receive.
With new services including pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and specialist consultants in reproductive surgery, this centre of excellence combines all aspects of fertility treatment in one setting.
In addition to fertility treatment, the centre offers fertility preservation services, including an egg freezing programme that has delivered excellent pregnancy rates.
The clinical team at BWFC has been invigorated by two new senior staff arriving.
The team is led by consultant specialist, Mrs Madhurima Rajkhowa, who has expertise across infertility with a special interest in polycystic ovary syndrome – a condition very prevalent across the Midlands.
Mr Arri Coomarasamy, who is a joint appointment with the University of Birmingham, is again an infertility and reproductive surgery specialist, with a strong research interest in miscarriage and has already been awarded over £2 million in research funding for this area in the last year.
Mrs Rajkhowa said: “The launch of Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre and associated new services is an exciting time for the whole team working here to deliver our excellent success rates and quality care. We provide services across the broad spectrum of fertility.
“The benefit of our services is that we are the only unit of this kind in Birmingham that is based in an NHS hospital and this means that we can provide a full range of services from diagnosis of infertility right through to the delivery of your baby on one site.
I am particularly pleased that we will now be able to offer a range of new services including PGD locally for couples across the Midlands who previously had to travel to London for this service.
Mum Sarah Cook had a son, now one year old, following egg donation treatment at the Women’s, and may well consider further treatment using her frozen embryos.
Sarah said: “Our daughter was born with complications and we never thought we could have more children but egg donation treatment at the BWFC gave us the chance to have the family we'd always wanted.
"At what can be such an emotional rollercoaster of a time, everyone at the clinic was so supportive and understanding, we can't thank them enough and our little boy is an absolute delight."
Joanne Hopcroft underwent a number of IVF cycles for some time, before welcoming their daughter, Bethany, now seven years old, to the family.
Joanne said: “We could not have got through the highs and lows of treatment without the wonderful care and support of the staff.”