World’s first IVF baby Louise Brown celebrates 40th birthday

The world’s first ever IVF baby, Louise Brown, pictured above with RHG staff at this years HFEA Annual Conference, is today celebrating her 40th birthday.

Louise, now herself a mother-of-two, was born at at Oldham General Hospital on 25 July 1978. Her birth marked the end of 10 years of research and hundreds of failed attempts by embryologists Robert Edward and Jean Purdy and gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe.

Since then, more than six million IVF babies have been born around the world and we are delighted to have helped many patients achieve the dream of parenthood through successful IVF treatment.

RHG Clinical Director Luciano Nardo added, “IVF has come a long way since 1978. It is now not just a technique to assist fertility but one to help prevent genetic diseases and to preserve fertility for cancer patients. I am incredibly proud of what my team and I achieve every day to help make our patients dreams come true”.

Finally, happy birthday to Louise from all of the team at RHG.


RHG baby becomes Internet sensation!

It was lovely to read about one of our RHG babies in last Friday’s Lancashire Telegraph. The story featured one of our patients who underwent fertility treatment with the help of a sperm donor and her gorgeous little boy, Harry, who’s modelling career has already started… at 7 months old!

Here is the news story in full…

A TEACHER who gave up on Tiny tot, takes the web by storm as face of retail company finding ‘Mr Right’ has welcomed her first child with the help of an anonymous sperm donor.

Jessica Orme, 36, from Blackburn said she had always wanted children but decided to go it on her own as a single mum because she couldn’t find the right partner.

The primary school teacher said she now could not imagine life without gorgeous little Harry, who, at seven months-old, is already breaking hearts as the face of a Lancashire baby company.

Miss Orme, who sought treatment with The Reproductive Health Group in Cheshire, said: “I’d been on the council adoption waiting list for 18 months, and had not been successful.

“And so I investigated other routes. Reproductive Health Group, and surgeon Luciano Nardo were brilliant from the start.

“Harry’s daddy is an anonymous sperm donor from America.

“I’d always wanted children, but I just never met the right man. Now I’m too stubborn and set in my own ways to want to change that, and so I decided to go down the single route instead.

“It’s the best decision I ever made.

“Harry and I are a perfect little unit and I’m so grateful that he’s in my life.”

And the proud mum from Ewood said her little star was now a social media sensation after he landed a modelling job with baby company ‘Bizzi Growin’, based in Chorley.

Miss Orme said: “When Harry was born, one of my friends bought me a voucher for a newborn baby photoshoot.

“The photographer came to the house when Harry was around four months old. And then, on Mothering Sunday this year, she called back and asked if Harry wanted to be a model.

“It’s so funny. I’ll be flicking through Instagram and Facebook and then I’ll be like, ‘Ooh, look, there’s my child’.

“I’m very proud of him and I’m glad others find him as cute as I do.”

Harry can now be seen modelling a range of bedding and blankets.

Miss Orme said: “We go to a baby sensory group and one of the ladies there said, ‘I recognise him… is your little boy on a website?’

“Harry can be quite smiley and photogenic when he’s happy and entertained.

“But on the day of the photoshoot he actually had a bit of a meltdown half way through.

“He’d just had his 16-week jabs and he was dosed up on Calpol. But he had a few tears and then carried on like a true professional.”

Luciano Nardo, clinical director of The Reproductive Health Group, said: “We’ve had lots and lots of beautiful babies born through our clinic, but we’ve never had a child model until now.

“He’s a gorgeous little boy.”

Università degli studi di Catania

Reproductive Health Group are very proud to announce a new partnership with the Università degli studi di Catania, the oldest university in Sicily, Italy.

RHG Clinical Director Luciano Nardo, who studied at the university before going on to become one of the UK’s leading fertility experts, will be a visiting Professor within the Masters programme for ‘Biology & Biotechnology of Reproduction’ and students on the course will have the opportunity to visit RHG’s state of the art clinic at Daresbury Park as part of the programme.

We are looking forward very much to this exciting new collaboration and the chance to work with some of the new young experts of the future.


IVF Cuts in Cheshire

We are disappointed to learn that the NHS are proposing to reduce the number of IVF cycles being offered in our region to help plug a budget shortfall.

Currently, would-be parents are offered three cycles of IVF, which is in line with guidelines set out by the best practice body NICE. If the proposals are given the go-ahead, this will be slashed to either two cycles or one cycle for women between the ages of 23 and 39.

The plans could also see the use of donor eggs and sperm banned unless the patient has a genetic condition.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are also considering making couples try for three years before they are entitled to help, one year longer than at present.

RHG clinical director, Luciano Nardo, has voiced his opposition in the media this week, both on Radio Merseyside and in the Chester Chronicle.

You can hear the Radio Merseyside interview on the BBC website via the link below at around 7 minutes 35 seconds.

In the Chester Chronicle, Mr Nardo commented, “One in seven couples will experience difficulty conceiving and embarking on fertility treatment is an important decision which will rarely be taken lightly.

“Couples who face restrictions with regard to what they are entitled to on the NHS face even more stress and uncertainty.

“Guidelines from NICE are clear, and are there for a reason. Ignoring these recommendations is not only short-sighted, but it is devastating for those couples desperate to achieve their dreams of having a child.

“We regularly see couples who have had one failed cycle on the NHS, only to conceive through fertility treatment with us, proving additional cycles are clinically effective.

“Using donor eggs and sperm can also be the only way in which some people can have a baby. Taking this option away on the NHS will be incredibly difficult for many to take.”

You can read the article in full here: