Sharjah, UAE: Families came together to cheer for the medics who made their dreams come true at the Conceive Fertility Clinic, Sharjah on Wednesday during the clinic’s tenth anniversary.
More than 30 children of all shapes, sizes and colours filled the brightly festooned clinic — the oldest about seven years, the youngest about 24 days old; there were at least two sets of triplets and five sets of twins among them — with their smiling mums and in some cases dads in tow. If anyone were to define bliss, here it was, despite the bawls, burps and nappy changes, no one was complaining.
That’s because Conceive has held out hope for numerous couples of all nationalities in Dubai helping them start their families through various techniques such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), Intrauterine insemination (IUI), Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI and a host of other Sharia approved fertilisation techniques.
Nothing brings more joy to Suman and Steve Manning than their four-year-old triplets Zara, Zoe and Zander. "We had been trying in vain for four years before two friends of ours recommended Conceive to us in 2008. It was only here I realised that I was insulin resistant and that was perhaps one of the reasons for my failure to conceive," says Manning, 40, who is thrilled with her triplets and runs the Twins Plus support group in Dubai.
The feeling of a baby nestling in her arms is priceless for Carol Rashid of Malta who made an effort to be present at the clinic just to cheer for those who made motherhood possible for her.
"There was no plausible explanation why I wasn’t conceiving until I came here in 2011," says Rashid. It took her almost three years with three attempts at IUI and one IVF before Isaac could come into her life. "When I look at my son’s innocent face, I feel all the waiting was really worth it," says the 36-year-old mum who feels childless couples must not hold themselves back and must go for fertility treatments to help them start their family.
In the past ten years more than 2,600 babies have been delivered with the help of new age fertility treatments at Conceive of which nearly 25 per cent have been twins says Dr Pankaj Shrivastav.
"Fertility treatments have come a long way since 1987 when I began my career in this field. Then women below 30 had only a 23 per cent chance of conceiving with these treatments. Today that rate has gone up to 55 per cent. Among the radical treatments that are now offered is Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis [PGD] that ensures that any genetic anomaly in the parents is not transferred to the child as we make a select biopsy of the embryo," said Dr
© Gulf NewsJun 2014