For South Morang residents and local business owners Briany and Ian Derwent, having a baby was something they expected would happen easily.
But after one year of struggling to conceive, the couple decided it was time to seek help from a fertility specialist.
Mrs Derwent underwent four ovulation inductions (stimulation of ovulation by medication) without success. In 2013, the couple then chose to proceed to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). They complemented their IVF with acupuncture.
Then the Derwents, owners of 4×4 Solutions in Bundoora, received the news they had been waiting for.
“We were over the moon when I fell pregnant on my first IVF attempt. It was the most wonderful surprise after trying to have a baby for so long,” Mrs Derwent said.
Ellie, a healthy baby girl, was born on March 4, 2014, and is one of City Fertility Centre Bundoora’s first babies born since the clinic opened last year.
“We are thrilled to have Ellie in our lives. She is such a beautiful little girl,” Mrs Derwent said.
Mr Derwent said the couple would love to have more children in future and planned to use IVF again in the next few years.
Their fertility specialist, City Fertility Centre Bundoora’s Dr Alex Eskander, said helping couples achieve their dream of having a baby was extremely rewarding.
“Our clinic celebrates one year of operation this year and we are delighted to have already helped bring nearly 20 babies into the world,” Dr Eskander said.
The Derwents said they hoped to inspire other couples struggling with infertility to seek help early.
“If you are having trouble falling pregnant, our advice is to not be afraid to ask for expert help,” Mrs Derwent said.
“Fertility issues are much more common than people realise. We found that support groups were a fantastic way to get in touch with other couples in the same situation, share experiences and support each other.”
City Fertility Centre offers patients a personalised approach and the full range of fertility services, including pre-IVF options, IVF, fertility preservation, support services and donor programs.
City Fertility Melbourne has a large range of locally recruited donor sperm available following the launch of its dedicated www.spermdonorsaustralia.com.au website in 2011.
Recent research reveals that one in six couples experience fertility issues. However, City Fertility has advised that only one-third of its patients need to proceed to IVF.
According to the latest Assisted Reproductive Technology Report (2011), Australian clinics reported 61,158 assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatment cycles, marking an 8.3 per cent increase compared with the previous year.
Click here to read an article about City Fertility Centre Bundoora from the Whittlesea Leader of September 3, 2014