MUMS, dads and a handful of little miracles got to enjoy the very best of Christmas parties.
It was a moving day filled with festive cheer when the assisted reproduction unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool celebrated its successes with a party at the weekend.
The party was a chance for the parents and their little bundles of joy – who were all born using assisted conception – to get together.
And it also gave mums and dads the chance to say thank you to the team which helped them become parents against the odds.
Principal embryologist Dave Gibbon said he was “delighted” that so many families celebrated with them, adding: “Christmas is such a special time.”
He said it was thanks to the skills of the team on the unit that so many mums and dads had extra reason to celebrate the festive season.
Mr Gibbon added: “All babies are precious, but for people who have had problems conceiving the arrival of their baby is a very special event.”
Clinical lead for the unit Hany Mostafa said the fertility techniques used at the Hartlepool unit were the rival of any London clinic.
The Hartlepool Mail exclusively revealed in the summer of 2008 that the unit was being set up in town.
The £750,000 unit first opened in 2008 with three clinical staff, two embryology staff with more than 30-years experience, a fertility consultant, two fertility sisters, a laboratory witness (to oversee the insemination techniques used in IVF), and a unit secretary and administrator as well as more people on the way.
By 2010, the unit was reaching levels of successful pregnancies which were higher than the national average.