Mums, dads and their little miracles were invited to a very special Christmas party at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, when the trust’s assisted reproduction unit celebrated its successes with parents and their children born using assisted.
Clinical lead for the unit Hany Mostafa said: “Christmas is a very special time and we’re delighted to have started the celebrations with so many families at our annual event. Babies are so precious but for people who have had problems
conceiving the arrival of their baby is a very special event.
“It’s great to be able to celebrate with the parents and their families, but also for us to stay in touch with everyone to support them once they’ve had their babies.
“We’re continuing to invest in the latest hi-tech equipment so that couples get the best chance of becoming parents. We have an incubator which can store embryos for up to five days at low oxygen levels, which increases the chance of couples conceiving.
“We’re using a leading edge photography technique – the Primo Vision time lapse photography system, which helps us select the best embryos for implantation and increase the chance of pregnancy.
“We are using the most up to date fertility techniques here and we are seeing good results.”
You can find out more about the assisted reproduction unit at https://www.nth.nhs.uk/services/assisted-reproduction-unit/