Press releases


40 years of IVF and 70 years of the NHS

We are proudly supporting 40 years since the first IVF baby, Louise Brown was born as well as being part of the NHS which turns 70 this year.

Do you have a fertility story you want to share with our team and wider community? Were you one of our first GIFT babies back in the 1980's? Did you have the first frozen baby with us? How has IVF being available on the NHS changed your life? Or did ICSI give you the chance of being a father? 

Whoever you are and whatever your memories we would love to hear from you. Simply email emma.burrell@uhl-tr.nhs.uk and we will tell your story.



Twins born two years apart thanks to Leicester Fertility Centre

In 2014, the Leicester Fertility Clinic helped to welcome baby Oliver into the Best family. After four years of trying for a baby, including two unsuccessful attempts at Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and six gruelling attempts at IVF, Rachael Best, from Leicester, fell pregnant.


Rachael and Isaac Best

Two embryos from the same batch that Oliver was created from were frozen. Two years later, both were thawed out for Rachael’s eighth round of IVF at Leicester’s Fertility Clinic. One embryo took and resulted in a positive pregnancy.

The due date for the new arrival was Tuesday 22 March 2016 which was ironically, Oliver’s second birthday!

Arriving five days early, on Thursday 17 March, baby Isaac was born. The two boys are technically twins - born two years apart, almost to the day.

Mother, Rachael says: “Leicester Fertility Centre is an amazing clinic that has helped me and my husband in more ways than anybody could ever imagine. We now have the family we always dreamed of and life couldn't be any better.  We cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for us.”

The success is part due to the centre’s advancement in the field of fertility. Their treatment of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) allows couples with poor quality sperm to have children that are genetically theirs.

Consultant Embryologist for Leicester Fertility Centre, Jane Blower says: “This is excellent news! We are delighted to hear Rachael and Richard’s good news and would like to congratulate them on the safe arrival of Isaac".

“The Leicester Fertility Centre is proud to be able to offer individually tailored treatments to patients and the  number of babies born as a result of treatment at the centre is at an all-time high, on average 43% of our patients had a clinical pregnancy last year.”

The Leicester Fertility Clinic offers a complete range of licensed infertility treatments. It has a large donor sperm bank sperm bank offering a wide choice for prospective parents and a large sperm freezing programme for oncology patients