There has been a fantastic response to Ireland’s first baby gathering, which takes place next Saturday 31 at the Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park.
To celebrate over two decades of bringing families together, Clane Fertility Clinic decided to host the event.
Unit manager, Martina Kelly said families and friends can look forward to a fun filled day with an array of activities planned as past clients and their miracle babies are welcomed back to share their stories and experiences.
“We have about 85 families confirmed so far and there are still more to confirm. It’s been fantastic. Some of those families would have two, three, or four children that would have been born through our treatment services,” she pointed out.
At the end of the baby gathering, the clinic hopes to set up a Wall of Hope where the families can put up a photograph and story about their child or children.
Martina believes this will give inspiration and hope to people who are receiving treatment.
The staff including Medical Director, Mr. Peter Brinsden and Consultant Dr. Osman Shamoun will be there on the day to join in the festivities and to thank all families for their support. The event is intended to highlight almost 20 years of the clinic’s successes.
Over 1,000 children were born following successful assisted fertility treatment at the Clinic. Mr Brinsden is also Clinical Director at Bourn Hall Clinic in England where the first ever test tube baby, Louise Brown was conceived. They organise a gathering like this every year.
Martina said the staff weren’t entirely sure that Irish families would be open to the idea.
However, given the enthusiastic response, she said it could be something they might look into running every year.
Clane Fertility Clinic investigate the causes of infertility, induce ovulation and monitor cycles, and carry out artificial insemination with either the husband’s sperm or donor sperm.
They are the first clinic in the country to offer egg freezing for social as well as medical reasons, offering women a chance to buy some biological time by freezing their eggs at a younger age.
- Niamh O’Donoghue