After nearly a year and a half of trying to have a baby, Brisbane’s Southside couple Freya and Matthew Young are finally proud parents. Their healthy baby boy Andrew was born at Sunnybank Private Hospital on 23 March weighing 3.045 kilograms and is the first IVF baby to be born for the new southside fertility clinic – City Fertility Centre Southside.
Freya Young (39) said they had sought the help of Dr Neil Astill since 2008 and were pleased when City Fertility Centre opened up their clinic in Sunnybank late last year.
“We both work in the health sector and would have driven anywhere to see Dr Astill due to his excellent reputation, but being able to see him in Sunnybank and utilise the excellent facilities at City Fertility Southside, instead of having to travel to Wickham Terrace, was an added convenience for us,” Freya said.
Freya was 38 and Matthew 42 when they started trying to conceive a baby. The couple were realistic and knew age wasn’t on their side, so after four months of trying sought the help of Dr Astill.
“We tried pre-IVF options for six months and then after no success again we moved to IVF. Our first full IVF cycle was successful and we feel so blessed to now have Andrew,” said Freya.
As is often the case, the 16 months of waiting were emotionally charged for Freya and Matthew but they worked hard at maintaining some balance in their lives.
“We tried not to stop our life for IVF and made a conscious effort to do some things just for ourselves like weekends away and special dinners out.”
Freya’s advice for other couples going through IVF includes finding a few trusted family and friends to share the journey with, to continue planning your life, to believe only the evidence-based facts on IVF, to find a doctor and clinic you can trust and most importantly of all – not to give up hope.
“Dr Astill’s support staff played a big part in our IVF journey and in helping us stay optimistic as well, they were friendly, informative, discreet, positive and compassionate,” said Freya.
Due to demand, City Fertility Southside now has seven fertility specialists consulting. City Fertility Southside’s clinic is located at Level 1, 309 Mains Road Sunnybank and has seen nearly one hundred patients a month since opening in August last year Ph. 1800 483 483
Other clinic locations – Brisbane City, Capalaba, Chermside, Gold Coast, Melbourne