IVF in Nigeria: Nordica's First Baby Turns 10
One of Nigeria's Leading Fertility Clinics, who specialize in assisted reproductive services, including In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) , Nordica Fertility Centre , yesterday the 10th of September 2014 celebrated the 10th Birthday of her first IVF baby, a boy, Julian.
Julian's parents were said to have walked into the Fertility Centre on the 11th of October 2003 and following a single treatment cycle, four months later were greeted with the news of the mother being pregnant with a male child.
Julian & Dr Abayomi Ajayi(MD/CEO Nordica Fertility Centre
The Centre first opened on the 14th of April, 2003 at Victoria Garden City, Lekki Lagos. But later moved to the Ikoyi area of Lagos in a bid to be closer to their clients and a desire to expand. They have since followed with a branch in the Mainland area of Lagos which was opened in 2003 as well as a Clinic in Asaba, Delta State, in the Southern part of the country five years ago. The Center in Sapporo, Abuja, the capital of Nigeria was commissioned in November 2012.
In a statement by the center while marking the landmark event, it stated that the story of Nordica Fertility Centre has been one with a number of “firsts”, some of which include:
1. The first IVF clinic to have a baby from Laser assisted hatching
2. The first and probably the only IVF centre to use/using IMSI to solve male related infertility issues.
3. The first IVF Clinic in Nigeria to start Oocyte cryopreservation, otherwise known as Egg freezing.
4. The first solely dedicated IVF centre in Abuja.
5. We are also one of the few clinics in Nigeria to do Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis
6. The first to utilise acupuncture for IVF treatment
The statement also said that whilst they had achieved monumental growth in the number of babies conceived, The centre had equally not neglected it's corporate social responsibility. Working in conjunction with the Fertility Treatment Support Foundation (FTSF), free fertility treatments have been made available to over 30 couples with diverse infertility challenges. "We also work with the ESGN (Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria) the only Foundation supporting this cause in West Africa" it said .
The lack of information about fertility options coupled with the stigmatisation associated with childlessness has contributed to the reason why a lot of people do not explore the possibility of assisted conception. This should not be seen as a taboo but seen as a means to an end.
The center continues to strive to Keep Hopes alive by "Completing Families".