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From left; Cherry Hambelton, Sarah Smith, fertility consultant Dr Djavid Alleemudder, specialist nurse Sonya Herbert, matron Hannah English.
Little Stevie Jean is Ipswich's first IVF satellite baby
30 October 2017

Meet young Stevie Jean Hambelton-Smith – Ipswich Hospital’s first satellite IVF baby.

Stevie is the first tot born as part of the hospital’s specialist partnership with two leading fertility centres.

And she is the much-loved happy ending for parents Sarah Smith and Cherry Hambelton.

Sarah said: “We look at her every day and feel so blessed… we resigned ourselves to the fact that we may never become parents.”

Last year the hospital’s fertility team joined forces with two of the country’s top fertility centres - in Cambridge (Addenbrooke’s) and London (Guy’s and St Thomas’) - to offer satellite IVF services. It means patients have most of their treatment here at Ipswich and the egg collection and embryo transfer at one of the specialist centres.

Stevie was the first Ipswich satellite IVF baby to be born. Engaged Sarah and Cherry came back to the hospital this month (OCTOBER) with the three month old to thank the team which cared for them.

The couple had a series of fertility treatments before Stevie was born. They tried two cycles of intrauterine insemination (where healthy sperm selected in the lab are put into a women’s uterus when she is ovulating) and a course of IVF which were unsuccessful.

Then Sarah fell pregnant after a second round of IVF but suffered a miscarriage. On their third attempt at IVF Sarah fell pregnant with twins – affectionately known during pregnancy as Snowdrop and Snowflake. Snowdrop sadly died in utero at 20 weeks.

Sarah, who works as a nurse at the hospital, said: “We often asked ourselves how much more we could take emotionally and because of the failed attempts, we resigned ourselves to the fact that we may never become parents.

“We look at Stevie every day and feel so blessed. Some people don’t ever get to our position. It’s wonderful when we are greeted with her smile in the morning.

“We would like to thank everyone at the hospital for their support. We could not have done it without them.”

Fertility consultant Djavid Alleemudder said: “It’s probably one of the most rewarding areas to work in at the hospital.

“We have got some really amazing patients that come to us and our staff are very caring about how to best support them throughout their journeys.”

Mr Alleemudder advises that two more satellite IVF babies have been born since Stevie’s arrival, and twins are expected before Christmas.

Come along and meet our fertility experts

People will be given the chance to find out about the wide range of fertility services available at Ipswich Hospital at an event on Wednesday, November 29.
The fertility team will give updates on the treatments which are available, which include medication, surgery, IVF and intrauterine insemination, which sees the healthiest sperm put into a women’s uterus when she is ovulating.
Fertility consultant Djavid Alleemudder said: “The event will give people the chance to ask questions in a friendly, relaxed environment while finding out more about what we can do to help. We are happy to hear from people at all stages, whether they are trying for a baby, planning for later life or are keen to improve their chances before they even start to try.”
The event is from 6.30pm at Ipswich Hospital’s Lecture Theatre in the Education Centre.
There is no need to book. For further information, please contact matron Hannah English on 01473 704236.