Under The Microscope: How We Choose An Embryo For IVF

This week is the last episode of The Fertility Show in our ‘Under The Microscope’ series.

Over the last few weeks we’ve shown you a real life ICSI procedure, we’ve seen how embryos are developed and monitored using time lapse technology and we’ve told you about the 3 most important factors that we believe make IVF successful at The Zita West Clinic.

In this week’s The Fertility Show,  I’m once again in our lab at Care London where we do our procedures and embryology with Rob Smith as he talks us through how our embryologists choose the correct embryo to implant using time lapse technology.

Watch Rob talk me through how he and our other Embryologists choose an embryo for implantation…

We always want to give our patients the highest chance of pregnancy whenever they come to our clinic and we believe using timelapse technology, we can help give our patients the highest possible success. It is thanks to this technology that our embryologists including Rob are able to run an algorithm test, which will tell them which embryo has developed correctly and is in line with a perfect model of the one has the best chances of making a baby.

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After 3 failed IVF cycles, my dream to have a second child is over

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been telling the stories of some of the women who have had IVF at the clinic and the ups and downs of their journey.

This week, we’re talking to Claudia, who had her first child through IVF at The Zita West Clinic at 41.

Claudia has gone through three more IVF cycles to try and give her daughter a sibling, but this time her journey has been unsuccessful and she is slowly coming to terms with the fact that she may only ever have one child.

Despite this Claudia is delighted to have Florence in her life but her one regret is that she wished she’d known what she does now about preparation for IVF.

She says: ‘We tried for eight months for first baby and had a failed IVF on the NHS, so then we went to the Zita West Clinic, which was like a breath of fresh air after the NHS experience. I wish I’d known when we first started our IVF journey that success is down to the whole package of acupuncture, nutrition and RI, I definitely think the RI made a massive difference.’

Her advice to other women is to just go for it: ‘Give it your best shot because it’s worth every single injection, every single scan, every single needle that you have to inject yourself, drugs, everything is absolutely worth it when you get your baby at the end of it.’

To hear more about Claudia’s story, watch the video below.

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Under The Microscope: How We Create Embryos For IVF

This week I want to show you how an embryologist develops the best embryo ready for implantation – specifically using timelapse technology.

In the video below filmed at our lab at Care London where we do our procedures and embryology, Rob Smith talks us through how he monitors cells in a time-lapse incubator and how he uses timelapse cameras to check the development of embryos to see which will be the best to implant back into the mother.

It really is fascinating to watch, take a look below…

Rob says: Although timelapse technology is great at identifying good embryos, not every top quality blastocyst will make a baby. This is because there are so many other factors involved including: how well this patient is, how old they are, there could be chromosomal problems with this embryo, there could be problems with the implantation or there could be some unknown factors as to why it’s not going to work. We can only try our best to get these sort of quality embryos, put them back, and see if it will actually implant and form a pregnancy.’

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Reducing Stress & Leaving Work Improved My Chances of IVF Success

We were so pleased to have Lucy, her husband Greg with their baby Max come back to visit us here at Zita West Clinic.

They sat down to tell us all about their treatment with the Zita West clinic, and also the emotional rollercoaster they’ve been through with 3 rounds of IVF and a miscarriage, which led Lucy to becoming very stressed and even having to leave her job.

Lucy says: ‘We got married in 2010 and we tried for six months and didn’t get anywhere. We went to the GP and she wasn’t very helpful, but one of the things she did say was that I was under a lot of stress.’

‘In total, we had three rounds of IVF. The first one was successful, but sadly we had a miscarriage, and so obviously we decided to try again. After the second round of IVF, we decided that although we tried to reduce my stress from work, it wasn’t happening. It was so unbelievably busy and my hours were so we decided the best thing to do was to stop working and throw everything that we could into our third round.’

‘We always budgeted for three rounds and because of my age we didn’t get anything for free. We were paying for it all ourselves, and also mentally we decided that there had to be a limit.”

‘Although it’s been hard, I wouldn’t change it for the world, because it’s been such a loving experience. Being a mum to Max is amazing and wonderful and exhausting and emotional and everything that I hoped it would be and more. It felt like a very long five years, but it makes it feel extra special for us.’

Learn more about Lucy’s experience by watching the video below.

 

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Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: Zoe’s story

A happy ending after multiple miscarriage

Couples are often afraid miscarriage is sign that they will never have a baby. Although it’s not the same as an inability to conceive, its outcome is the same – no baby. It leaves women flummoxed, and its emotional effect can be devastated.

Yet at the same time, miscarriages are incredibly common. Roughly half of all eggs that are fertilised never continue to implant – although a woman, in this instance, may not know she has miscarried. More than 25 cent of women miscarry in the first trimester – that is one in four. And approximately one in 200 couples will experience two more consecutive miscarriages. It’s not surprising that many of us know a woman who has miscarried if we haven’t done so ourselves.

Zoe’s story  – 6 miscarriages then a baby boy

Today, I’d love to share Zoe’s story with you. Zoe had 6 miscarriages in total, battling through each one only to be faced with more disappointment. And at 39, Zoe thought it was time to accept that she wasn’t supposed to be a mother after all.

I don’t see age as being barrier when it comes to getting pregnant in women under the age of 45, and when Zoe came to visit us at the clinic, we helped her see that she didn’t have to give up just because she was nearly 40. There is often hope.

The best of natural and medical treatments

We were able to diagnose Zoe with a blood clotting disorder which was the reason why she had experienced so many miscarriages and best of all, it was treatable. Despite all her heartbreak, Zoe embraced everything we offered her with an open mind; from acupuncture to hypnotherapy to our nutritional advice. A positive outlook makes for a positive outcome, and Zoe is proof of that. She fought and she fought, and happily ended up having her beautiful baby boy, Freddie.

Women like Zoe inspire not only my clients but also myself, as a testament to what a strong mind-body connection can achieve. She’s one of those special people that makes what I do so worth it.

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My Top 5 Tips for New Mum’s – Second Time Around

With Kate Middleton giving birth to her second child, I’ve been thinking about my top tips for new mum’s – the second time around. Many women the second time around don’t have the same anxieties as their first pregnancy, and are better at managing their expectations as they can now draw on their own experience.

However, in a second pregnancy, there is now the added dimension of a toddler needing your attention and energy and so it is harder to get the rest you might wish for in the lead up to labour and of course post-natally.

Top tips for second time mums:

1. Be Realistic

Having a baby second time around can be more challenging and demanding on your time. Don’t try to overachieve.

2. Try to Sleep

Getting rest with a toddler new baby especially if breastfeeding is going to be hard, so make sure you get sleep during the day whenever you can no matter what, feeling like you have to be doing something with any extra time is not worth feeling tired, irritable and low.

3. Keep up the calories

Eat and snack as much as you can! If you’re breastfeeding then you need plenty of extra calories, and in those early days everybody needs and wants your attention! You need nourishment for all the energy you’ll be expending and to help with healing after the birth.

4. Accept help

Don’t try to be perfect and feel you have to do everything. Do the best you can when you can and accept as much help as you need on every level.

5. Eat well

Eating the right nutrients will give you energy, maintain your mood, and ultimately provide the foundation for keeping on top of the demands of baby and toddler. Sometimes it is not always possible to eat what can be called a balanced diet – a wide variety of nutrients and including fats, protein and complex carbohydrates. Try to limit your intake of refined carbohydrates which can lead to energy spikes and troughs, mood swings and try to keep way from processed foods which lack nutrients.

It is often the case that you put yourself last and ultimately that is no good for any of the family so it is worth placing healthy snacks around the house which you can quickly pick up when you need. Supplementing your diet can also be helpful to increase your intake of important nutrients that both you and your new breastfeeding baby need.

As with the lead up to giving birth during the post natal period it is so important to keep up your store of vitamins, minerals and Omega 3 for both you and baby’s development. That is why I developed our Vital essence range, Vital DHA and our Post Natal revital Essence multivitamin product.

ZITA WEST PREGNANCY AND POST-NATAL PRODUCTS

Revital Essence

ZW_revital_essenceThe postnatal period the second time around is much harder to get the rest you need because of an active toddler who may also not be sleeping through the night. The exhaustion, exhilaration, happiness and feelings of being overwhelmed requires energy on every level! Couple that with the anxieties many have of wondering how you will ever love a new baby as much as your first, and how he or she will cope with the new arrival adds to the need for extra energy. Revital Essence supplies the body’s with a range of vitamins and minerals to help the healing process, including iron, vitamin C, zinc and vitamin D. Calcium and magnesium are also included to replenish the body after strenuous muscle contractions.

Vital DHA

vitaldhaopen2012Vital DHA ensures you are delivering plenty of smart fats to the baby’s brain through breastfeeding and keep your levels up. Keeping your levels of DHA up prevents dry skin, lack of energy and low mood and supports your own cognitive function.

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