As City Fertility Sydney CBD celebrates its first birthday milestone, we are also delighted to be celebrating the best of birthday presents – the arrival of the clinic’s first babies!
Baby Sebastian was our first IVF baby born, followed closely by baby Maria and many more babies after that.
Adorable little sisters Skye (3.5 years) and Erin (8 months) are just two of the babies that have helped City Fertility Brisbane reach their 2,000 baby milestone this month. But interestingly, these babies prove again that nobody is immune to fertility issues, with their mother Alison Skuja (40) being a qualified midwife and for the past seven years a fertility nurse at City Fertility Brisbane.
Alison has delivered countless babies for others and assisted many infertile couples, but still struggled herself. She knows an exceptional amount about conception, pregnancy and birth but successfully conceiving can be elusive for even the most experienced.
While we are confident we will be able to help most patients within their first two fully stimulated IVF cycles, there will always be a percentage of cases that may take longer than anticipated to achieve success.
At City Fertility we want to maximise your chances of achieving your dream of having a baby and therefore now offer a significantly reduced up-front fee for repeated Medicare eligible treatment cycles.
In an effort to reduce the average year-long patient waiting period for donor eggs from our Australian egg donor bank, City Fertility has recently formed a partnership with The World Egg Bank.
Dr Neil Astill, Medical Director at City Fertility Brisbane Southside, said for some people waiting up to a year for an egg donor is just too long due to advancing age and declining fertility.
“As a woman ages, the quality of her eggs is reduced. For the infertile woman over 40, the chance of a successful IVF pregnancy and live birth is substantially reduced when using her own eggs and this is one of the many reasons driving demand for donor eggs,” said Dr Astill.
While the pandemic has stopped the world and our lives spinning so fast, it has also given many people the time to take stock and check-in on where they are at and what their goals might be for the future.
As a fertility specialist in a national fertility clinic, one of the trends we have witnessed in Australia in the first six months of this year, is an increase in the number of single women enquiring about and undergoing IVF and IUI cycles to have a baby on their own or undergoing fertility preservation by freezing their eggs.
Coping with a global pandemic is hard, let alone having to manage fertility treatment at the same time. But the fact is we have little choice in the matter, so at City Fertility we are here to support you in the best possible way we can during these difficult times.
Here we have included some tips from our experienced counsellors and specialists, to help ease the pressure you might be feeling during these uncertain times.
In the world of IVF, it is best practice to have procedure rooms and laboratories all co-located in order to maximise a patient’s pregnancy outcomes. This not only reduces travel for patients but also minimises the movement of the precious eggs, sperm and embryos that are being created.
City Fertility’s newest flagship clinic, in Sydney’s CBD, has been designed with this foremost in mind, for both our patient’s convenience and equally important for the safety of their valuable embryos too.
The 25th July is recognised as World Embryologist Day, the same special date as the world’s first IVF baby being born.
Embryologists play a critical role in an IVF clinic – they are the scientific staff who help make babies happen, literally creating life in their hands. They are sometimes referred to as the ‘caretakers’ of a patient’s sperm, eggs or embryos because they are the nurturers of this new start of life.
As of 8th July 2020, Victorians undergoing Assisted Reproductive Treatment (ART) are no longer required to obtain and complete police and child protection order checks before accessing treatment. This change takes place with immediate effect.
Are you struggling to fall pregnant or to carry a pregnancy full term? If so, couples in NSW can take advantage of a government rebate to help them try to understand the cause of their fertility problem.