An Essex-based fertility clinic has celebrated the births of some very special babies.

Simply Fertility, which is next to Baddow Hospital, opened in January 2014 and has now welcomed a baby born via IVF, another born via surrogate to a same sex couple, and egg-sharing treatments which created two babies.

Sarah Walt, director of Simply Fertility, told the Essex Chronicle: “We have had a thrilling succession of firsts for the clinic – our first IVF baby, our first babies born as a result of both receiving donated eggs and to a patient who has donated some of her eggs to another, a scheme known as egg sharing, and finally we have had the delivery of our first same sex surrogacy baby – a collection of firsts that have delighted the team with a Christmas day delivery to complete the collection.

“We extend our congratulations to these new parents and send our very best wishes as they embark upon their journey as new families.”

While patients in mid-Essex are no longer entitled to free IVF treatment, those in need may be able to access the service for free if they are willing to donate eggs as part of the egg-sharing scheme.

Andy Glew, clinical embryologist at the clinic, said: “There is clearly a need for the service in Chelmsford; it is a growing city with a young population, but there is no funding for fertility treatment here, so the only option for people is to self-fund.

“So I think people here appreciate the fact that they have us here on their doorstep.”

The decision to cease funding for IVF was announced last year by the Mid-Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

To read the full Essex Chronicle article by Harriet Sinclair visit: http://www.essexchronicle.co.uk/babies-born-help-fertility-clinic/story-26009501-detail/story.html