The Yorkshire Clinic welcomes the first Orbit Fertility baby

The Yorkshire Clinic welcomes the first Orbit Fertility baby
Tuesday 25 April 2017

Mr & Mrs Ireland from Baildon, West Yorkshire together with Poppy visited The Yorkshire Clinic on Thursday 19th April with 2 week old Poppy. Dr Beckett and the Orbit fertility nurses- Elizabeth Thornton and Peta Harrison were present, along with Jan Matin (Yorkshire Clinic Matron) and Debbie Craven (The Yorkshire Clinic, General Manager).

Michael Ireland and Samantha Ireland have had a long journey in achieving their dream of starting a family.

Michael has had both kidney and pancreatic transplants in 2011 after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 8 years old. After meeting Samantha  in 2011 and trying to conceive naturally for 5 years they sought the help and advice of their local GP. She was very understanding and immediately sent Michael for investigations to asses why they were experiencing fertility issues. Michael was diagnosed with a condition called ‘retrograde ejaculation’ where semen passes back into the bladder instead of passing through the penis.

In July 2015 Michael and Samantha’s GP referred them both to Bradford Royal Infirmary where they were introduced to Dr Virginia Beckett (FRCOG). After initial assessments, Dr Beckett advised Samantha to increase her overall bodyweight by around 10kg to improve the chances of fertility and to support a pregnancy. Over the course of the next year Samantha gained 10kg. The couple’s care was transferred to Orbit Fertility at The Yorkshire Clinic once they were ready to commence IVF treatment.

Michael and Samantha had one NHS-funded attempt at IVF  and, in July 2016 they both took the necessary steps to complete this first cycle. They were delighted to receive the news, 10 days after implantation, that Samantha was pregnant. They then had the agonising wait for 7 weeks for a ‘viability scan’.

During Samantha’s pregnancy they were both keen to keep as active as possible and could be found at the weekend surfing in Bideford (near Michaels mum’s home). As well as keeping up with plenty of walking during her pregnancy, Samantha also worked as a full time chef so was on her feet up right up until 35 weeks pregnant.  During the pregnancy the expectant parents picked out the name Poppy after their 20 week scan that confirmed they were having a baby girl.

 On the 5th April at around midday Samantha started to experience some of the symptoms of labour and visited her GP surgery to see her midwife who confirmed that she was in the early stages of labour. As Michael was travelling with work, his cousin Kevin came to take Samantha to Bradford Royal Infirmary for the delivery of their baby. After pushing for 2 hours in the early hours of 6th April Samantha went for an emergency caesarean at 5.54am.

 Both Michael and Samantha said that the facilities and service at Orbit Fertility in The Yorkshire Clinic have been “Brilliant and we can’t fault anyone, the care we have received has been 1st class”

Michael and Samantha look forward to watching Poppy develop and grow and continuing their new life as a family. Having learnt about the challenges that people face with fertility, Samantha is keen to become an egg donor for families who need them.

They would also both like to have a naming ceremony for Poppy in the future.

Michael said to other people considering fertility treatment “Don’t be embarrassed by your health concerns. There is so much research and many new treatments available for both men and women.”

Samantha also said “The treatment we have received form the Orbit Fertility team at The Yorkshire Clinic has been brilliant we couldn’t have achieved our dream of having our daughter Poppy without them.” “Don’t be fearful, just go for it. You never know what might happen”

Dr Virginia Beckett, who was overjoyed to see Michael and Samantha with their new arrival, Poppy, said... “We were delighted to see Poppy with her parents Samantha & Michael at Orbit Fertility today.  Samantha & Michael’s case was complex, with health issues for both affecting their chance of conceiving and of a successful pregnancy.  We all worked together to maximise their chance of success by using the holistic approach that we pride ourselves on at Bradford Royal Infirmary and at Orbit Fertility.  Samantha & Michael took our advice to adjust their lifestyle before treatment began and should be really proud of their achievement.  It has been a huge privilege to be involved in their care.  I look forward to seeing Poppy at our next baby party!”

Peta and Elizabeth from Orbit fertility said...“Since relocating to the Yorkshire Clinic in June of 2016, it has been very satisfying for the nursing staff to be able to continue to deliver high quality, personalised care for all our patients in such an improved environment. The feedback we have received has been very positive and we are very proud of our recent success rates.

Having established a firm foundation over this last year, we hope to develop our service further, to improve the experience for people needing fertility treatment in the Bradford, Airedale, Craven and Wharfedale areas.”

Debbie Craven (The Yorkshire Clinic General Manager) said:

“We are delighted to welcome the first baby to be born as a result from the Orbit Fertility service here at The Yorkshire Clinic.  Since Orbit Fertility’s arrival here we have welcomed many patients at the start of their fertility journey. It is a pleasure working in partnership with the local referring hospitals to continue fertility treatment within our hospital. We look forward to welcoming many more new babies in 2017.”



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