Patient Open Evening

We are delighted to announce that we have a new date for your diary. We will be holding a Patient Open Evening at our Cheshire based Centre for Reproductive Health, on Tuesday 26th March, 7pm – 9pm.

The Open Evening provides an opportunity for a complimentary 15 minute consultation with Professor Luciano Nardo, to discuss anything fertility, gynaecology or women’s health related, in a relaxed, professional environment.

Please complete the form below to register for the Open Evening, including your preferred time-slot for your consultation. Available slots are 7pm – 8pm and 8pm – 9pm.

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LIVE Instagram Q&A with Professor Luciano Nardo

We’re excited to announce that in conjunction with IVF Babble, RHG’s Clinical Director Luciano Nardo will be answering your questions live on Instagram tomorrow (12th February) between 10.3am – 11.30am (UK time).

This is a great opportunity to ask anything you’d like to know about fertility or IVF. To ask a question simply log in to the IVF Babble Instagram page between 10.30am – 11.30am and type your question in the comments for this session.

We look forward very much to hearing from you tomorrow with your queries.

Melanie and Garry's Story

We are delighted to share the following message that we received this week from RHG patients, Melanie and Garry. Congratulations to you both and welcome to the world, your beautiful Isobel Kate.

I would like to thank everyone at Reproductive Health Group for helping myself and my partner over the past 2 years to achieve our dream. You have all been amazing through our treatment, always keeping us informed on our protocol and helping with any questions we had no matter what. We welcomed our very precious daughter Isobel Kate into the world on 06.01.19 – can’t thank you enough and would recommend the clinic to anyone. 5* service all the way.

Melanie and Garry.

Abigail Allen

We are pleased to introduce Abigail Allen who is working with RHG as a care coordinator within the Jewish community.

Abigail offers a confidential and bespoke service to discuss your IVF needs with you, within the privacy of your own home if you prefer, and can be contacted on 07967 009904 or by email at aallen@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk

Family and Fertility Law

Deciding to start a family can be one of the most exciting decisions that you make in life.

Whatever your circumstances, we can provide expert clinical advice and compassionate legal support to assist you in making the right decisions on your route to parenthood.

MyersonRHG has partnered with Myerson to provide patients with independent legal advice in relation to different aspects of assisted conception.

Myerson – at the cutting edge of family law.

RHG – a HFEA licensed fertility clinic with an emphasis on safety, quality and results.

How can a family solicitor help you?

There are various routes to parenthood. When you decide to start a family, however that may be, you may need legal advice on topics such as parental rights, consent to treatment, donor rights, freezing your eggs/sperm, surrogacy or adoption, to name a few.

Myerson are an award winning ‘Top Tier’ Legal 500-rated law firm, providing expert legal advice.

The role of a fertility clinic

Choosing the right fertility clinic for investigations, diagnostics and treatment is essential. RHG is a leading, independent provider, offering each patient personalised care throughout every stage of the fertility journey.

Your Parental Rights

Who is the Legal Parent?

The woman who gives birth to the child is always the legal mother, whether or not donor eggs and/or donor sperm were used as part of treatment. If the mother is married or in a civil partnership, her husband, wife or civil partner will be the other legal parent.

If the mother is unmarried or not in a civil partnership, signed consent forms will need to be given to the clinic stating who the mother intends to be the legal parent. Provided that the mother and the other intended legal parent sign the correct consent forms, they will both be legal parents of the child at birth.

It is very important that treatment takes place at a HFEA licenced UK fertility clinic, otherwise, this can affect parental rights.

Single parents can also go through fertility treatment. In this scenario, the birth mother will be the only legal parent of the child.

Sometimes, a couple who are not in a relationship will decide to have fertility treatment. This is entirely legal and the both of them will have legal parent status if the correct consent forms are signed and given to the clinic.

Whatever your situation, your fertility clinic will guide you as to what consent forms are needed.

It is important to note that legal parenthood as described above is not the same as ‘Parental Responsibility’. Parental Responsibility is only conferred to the non-birth parent if they are married to the mother at the time of birth or, they are registered as the parent on the birth certificate. If there is a dispute about Parental Responsibility, you will need legal advice.

What if my partner withdraws their consent to legal parenthood?

Sometimes, relationships break down and that can result in the other intended parent withdrawing their consent to be the legal parent of any child born. The birth mother also has the option to withdraw their consent to their partner being the legal parent.

Consent to legal parenthood can be withdrawn at any point before the transfer of the embryo or sperm into the intended mother.

If the birth mother is married or in a civil partnership, withdrawal of consent is much more complicated from a legal standpoint. Both parties will likely require independent legal advice in this situation.

Donors

It is possible to donate sperm, eggs or embryos. Donors can choose to donate to someone else’s treatment, fertility research, or both.

The law surrounding donor anonymity has changed over the years. Anyone who donated before 1 April 2005 is automatically an anonymous donor. For any donors who donated after this date, the children born from the donation can ask for their donor’s name and last known address, once they reach 18 years old.

Every year, around 3,500 children are conceived with the help of donor eggs and/or donor sperm. Individuals who are able to donate often recognise the extraordinary gift they can give and the fact that they do not remain anonymous does not affect their choice to donate.

Storage and future use of embryos

After treatment, you may have excess embryos and you can choose to store these for up to 10 years, for future use (or longer, in special circumstances). After the end of the chosen storage period, the embryos will be allowed to perish.

If the embryos were created using both your eggs and sperm, you can choose how long they are stored for, up to the 10-year limit. However, if the embryos were created using donor eggs and/or donor sperm, the consent of your donor(s) would be needed for the continued storage and future use.

Something important to bear in mind is that donor sperm from one donor can only be used for 10 families. It is therefore possible to “reserve” sperm for your future use. This is an option for those who are wanting further children who are genetically related.

What if the donor withdraws consent?

If a donor withdraws their consent to further storage or use of the embryo, this will prevent use of the embryo. This can be very disappointing for some parents who would like to have another child who is genetically related to their previous child(ren).

What if my partner withdraws consent?

If a couple, who previously had fertility treatment together separate, one person could withdraw their consent to the ongoing storage or use of their embryos. This would mean that those embryos can no longer be used, unless the person who has withdrawn consent changes their mind. For that reason, there is a period of 12 months where the embryos will continue to be stored after the withdrawal of consent.

Consent to the future use of embryos can be withdrawn at any point before the embryo is transferred into the intended birth mother.

Some people may choose to store and donate their embryos to fertility research. As above, consent can be withdrawn to ongoing storage and research use at any point before the embryos are used for that purpose.

What is posthumous conception?

Posthumous conception means conception with someone’s egg, sperm or embryo, after they have died.

When someone consents to the storage of their eggs, sperm or embryo, they are also asked what they would like to happen if they were to die or become mentally incapacitated.

Generally, posthumous conception is only allowed when the deceased or mentally incapacitated person has given their written and signed consent to post-death or incapacitation storage and use.

Depending on when the eggs, sperm or embryo were stored, timing can be of the essence. This is because consent to storage and use cannot be extended beyond the original agreed limit (typically, 10 years), once the individual has died.

However, there are some rare exceptions to the general rule which mean that posthumous conception can be allowed when express consent has not been given. In these circumstances, the intended parent(s) will need specialist legal advice.

Preserving your fertility

More and more people are planning for their future and for some, preserving fertility is extremely important.

Due to significant advancements in medical technology, it is possible to elect to freeze your eggs or sperm for future use. This is particularly attractive for people who are not yet ready to start a family, but may wish to do so later in life. Further, it is a popular option with those who fall ill with certain diseases, such as cancer, when the disease itself or the treatment could affect fertility.

If you are thinking about preserving your fertility, you should visit a HFEA licenced UK fertility clinic for further advice and assistance with the process.

Surrogacy

If you are using a surrogate to start a family, you will undergo fertility treatment with your surrogate.

At birth, the surrogate mother will be the legal mother of the child, regardless of the presence of any genetic connection. If the surrogate is married, the legal father will likely be her husband. If the surrogate is unmarried, the legal father will likely be the intended father.

For that reason, after birth, the intended parents will need to make a special court application to obtain parental rights.

Commercial or legally binding surrogacy arrangements are not allowed in the UK like they are in some other countries. There are certain rules that you have to abide by when going through surrogacy and it is important to get legal advice at an early stage, before you start the treatment process.

It is possible to use a surrogate from another country and have your fertility treatment abroad. If you are using an international surrogate, you will also need to get legal advice from a lawyer in the foreign country, as well as in the UK.

Looking for legal advice?

If you need legal advice or are interested to know more, contact Nichola Bright, a specialist Senior Solicitor within our family law team.

Nichola.bright@myerson.co.uk
0161 941 4000
www.myerson.co.uk

Looking for fertility advice?

For clinical advice on fertility related issues please contact Professor Luciano Nardo, Consultant Gynaecologist and Clinical Director at RHG.
info@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk
01925 202180
www.reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk

Oluwasegun Babatunde

We are delighted to welcome Oluwasegun Babatunde to our team of embryologists here at RHG.

Baba started his career as a junior embryologist in Nigeria in 2007 then moved to CHU-St Pierre, IVF Laboratoire in Belgium in 2011 and since 2012 has been at the IVF Unit at the Universitair Ziekenhuis in Brussels.

He has a Bachelors in Biochemistry and a Masters in Management,  his Masters thesis topic being ‘ Management and organisation of activities in Assisted Reproductive Technology(ART) laboratories’. Baba is an experienced embryologist competent in various different aspects of the IVF lab procedures, ranging from semen analysis to ICSI, and we look forward very much to working alongside him.

Private Maternity Care

Author: Dr Koon Loong Chan, Consultant Obstetrician and Subspecialist in Fetal and Maternal Medicine

Being pregnant is an exciting time but can also be daunting for mums-to-be, especially if this is your first baby and don’t know what to expect. Antenatal care is dedicated to giving you the support and healthcare you and your baby need while you are pregnant to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and baby. It will also give you an opportunity to plan your birth and to get any concerns you may have answered by the midwife or obstetrician (doctor specialising in pregnancy care).

Differences between NHS and Private Care

The majority of pregnant women have pregnancy care provided by the NHS and deliver in a NHS hospital. This is perfectly adequate for these women. However, some women chose to have private pregnancy care. This may be a package of pregnancy care catering for the pregnancy, delivery and after delivery or a package of pregnancy care catering for the pregnancy and after delivery but not the delivery itself – this is provided by the NHS hospital you chose to book and deliver at.

There will be women who would be adequately looked after in the NHS but prefer to have private pregnancy care so they have more choice over who takes care of them and prefer the one-to-one care that private pregnancy care offers. Women who are relatively high risk may still chose to have private pregnancy care as this may give them more reassurance to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable pregnancy.

Our Private Maternity Packages

At Reproductive Health Group, we have private obstetricians who are Consultants in Obstetrics and Specialists in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester who offer care for the pregnancy and after delivery but, at present, not delivery. The Consultant package will provide a high level of specialised care which will help you feel reassured throughout your pregnancy. We also offer a Midwifery package for those women that are low risk. Whichever package you chose you will regularly see the same team of specialists for consultations, scans and blood tests. We also offer individual tailored care so that you can chose what tests and scans you prefer during your pregnancy. This tailored care can be discussed at your first visit with the Consultant or the Midwife. We offer a relaxed environment giving time for consultations and visits that are convenient.

Benefits of Private Care

  • Consultant led care
  • Appointments usually seen with a private midwife
  • No waiting lists – you will be seen promptly
  • Relaxed and calm environment
  • More time dedicated to you and your baby
  • Clean and safe private hospital
  • Free parking and refreshments
  • Professional, caring and friendly staff

If you would like to talk to us about our maternity care packages, please call us on 01925 202180 or contact us via our website here.

Patient Open Evening North Wales

We are delighted to announce that we have a new date for your diary. We will be holding a Patient Open Evening at the Spire Yale Hospital, North Wales, on Monday 28th January, 5pm – 8pm.

The Open Evening provides an opportunity for a complimentary 15 minute consultation with Professor Luciano Nardo, to discuss anything fertility, gynaecology or women’s health related, in a relaxed, professional environment.

Please complete the form below to register for the Open Evening, including your preferred time-slot for your consultation. Available slots are 5pm – 6pm, 6pm – 7pm or 7pm – 8pm.

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How to prepare for fertility treatment in the New Year

If you’re thinking about starting fertility treatment in 2019, there are lots of ways you can begin to prepare yourself now both physically and emotionally.

Here are a few helpful suggestions but don’t forget you can always contact us at any time for more in depth advice about any of our treatments or services:

Think about the type of treatment that you might need

The types of fertility treatment you might be considering will be determined by your personal circumstances – at RHG our patients include both couples and individuals – and whether or not you have undergone any tests or treatments previously. Different options available to you could include IVF, with or without the use of donor eggs or sperm, IVF with ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), intrauterine insemination, egg or sperm freezing, surgical sperm retrieval or surrogacy.

Consider fertility assessments

If you’ve never previously had any checks on your fertility, RHG offer a full range of fertility tests for men, women and couples. Our male fertility assessments offer not just a standard semen analysis but also a sperm DNA fragmentation test, to look for any genetic abnormalities in the sperm, and a sperm aneuploidy test which assesses the ability of the sperm to fertilise an egg. Blood tests for chromosomal and genetic abnormalities are also included. Our female fertility check starts by looking at ovarian function and the couples check looks at male and female factors combined.

Get in shape physically

Lifestyle factors can influence fertility and whether you are aiming to conceive either naturally or via fertility treatment it is advisable to avoid either under or over exercising and to maintain a healthy weight, being neither over nor under weight for your height. Smoking, drinking and recreational drugs can have an adverse effect on fertility and the use of steroids can be harmful to male fertility. The advice of a specialist nutritionist can be helpful not just during the period of trying to conceive but during pregnancy as well to help optimise the chances of a healthy and successful outcome.

Get in shape mentally

There is no doubt that IVF or any kind of fertility treatment can be a gruelling experience emotionally but there are various complementary therapies available which can help to manage the stress. At RHG we work in conjunction with a team of holistic experts to offer a range of therapies to our patients. Acupuncture and reflexology are amongst the most popular that we offer access to but doing some background research on the different therapies before you start your treatment may help you decide if this is something you think may be helpful to you. In some cases a course of complementary treatment may start ahead of any clinical treatment so that you benefit from being more relaxed and less stressed when you begin. RHG patients also have access to support counselling through our specialist fertility counsellor.

Research fertility clinics

All HFEA-licensed clinics are required to include a ‘Success Rates’ page on their public websites, however these can often be somewhat confusing due to the amount of time that elapses between the the data being gathered and being released to the public. A perhaps more accurate picture of the clinic’s recent activities can be gained by reading up to date reviews by current and former patients. At RHG we also have a ‘Patients Stories’ section on our website which gives a good overview of what to expect from a patient’s perspective and these are all genuine testimonials from patients who have undergone treatment with us. It is also vital when considering treatment that you choose a clinic where you feel you can have complete confidence in the clinical team. At RHG our team are led by Clinical Director Professor Luciano Nardo and all are experts in their own fields.

Visit the clinic

It can be helpful when researching a fertility clinic to have the opportunity to visit the clinic to meet some of the staff in person and see the facilities. At RHG we offer a personal tour of our state of the art centre by our dedicated care coordinator and this is followed by a 15 minute meeting with Professor Nardo himself. It’s very easy to book a tour, just give us a call on 01925 202180 or book online here.

Merry Christmas from all at RHG

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our patients, past and present, a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year from all of the team at RHG. We hope 2019 brings you health, success and happiness.

If you would like to visit us over the festive period, our opening hours are as follows:

December 24Normal opening hours
December 25 – 26Closed
December 27 – 28Normal opening hours
December 31Normal opening hours
January 1Closed
January 2Normal opening hours