IVF babble has joined forces with internationally renowned fertility clinic, Bourn Hall and the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown to give one free IVF cycle to those struggling to conceive
The joint project comes in the wake of the diminishing funding for anyone who is struggling with their fertility to access IVF treatment via the NHS. Clinical Commissioning Groups(CCGs) across the UK are restricting, reducing or scrapping NHS IVF funding due to budget cuts, meaning thousands of people are being denied their right to have a family.
The Bourn Hall initiative is the latest clinic to work with IVF babble, which for the past 18 months has been linking with many clinics in the UK and abroad to offer free IVF cycles to people who are suffering because of this postcode lottery; so far the magazine has given away 24 cycles and the first of two babies have been born this summer.
IVF babble co-founders, Tracey Bambrough and Sara Marshall-Page, said they were delighted to be working on the project with such a prestigious institution as Bourn Hall.
Tracey said: “Bourn Hall is world-renowned for its work in the fertility industry and we cannot thank them enough for supporting our campaign. It has been a devastating time for so many people across the UK who have been affected by the decision of the CCGs to restrict or remove IVF treatment.
“This initiative is just one small way we can do our bit to help a community that needs our support and without clinics such as Bourn Hall getting on board we would not be able to do it. We know how much it means to our followers as we only have to look at our inboxes each day and see the heartbreak they feel when refused help from the NHS.”
Tanya Jackson-Turner, head of patient services at Bourn Hall said: “Giving away one cycle of treatment is not going to solve the wider problem, but we have excellent success rates and even one chance has been life changing to many of our patients.
“As Cambridge is the home of IVF and Louise has joined us to mark many milestones we are pleased to get involved.”
Louise said: “My mum would be amazed at the way IVF has developed and the techniques available to people today. I was given the middle name of Joy, because they felt IVF would bring the joy of children to so many people.
“I hear so many heartbreaking stories from people that are unable to make their dream of having a baby come true, that I was happy to support this campaign by IVF babble.”
The package includes one initial consultation, pre-treatment tests, one cycle of IVF treatment, or ICSI if required. It does not include medication costs. The person must have a BMI of less than 35 and the upper age limit for IVF with their own eggs is 43.
Bourn Hall has clinics in Cambridge, Norwich, Colchester and Wickford and the clinic has advised it is best to attend one of these clinics closest to where you live due to the period of monitoring during the first few weeks of treatment.
Bourn Hall is also offering to all those that apply and live within the east of England a free fertility nurse consultation to review their medical history and make recommendations for next steps. Some of these applicants might also be able to gain free IVF treatment by participating in an egg or sperm-sharing programme or may wish to participate in the money-back guarantee programme, which reduces the risk of treatment.
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