Friday, October 21, 2016
Dr. Rachael Dickson, wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has given birth to a set of quadruplets in the United States of America after undergoing fertility treatment at an IVF clinic.
More than 10 years after the Bayelsa State first couple married they had no child of their own, and when the bundle of joy arrived on Friday in the form of quadruplets, it was via In Vitro Fertilisation(IVF).
According to wikipedia: “IVF is a process by which egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body: (in glass). The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova (egg or eggs) from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a liquid in a laboratory… The techniques can be used in different types of situations. It is a technique of assisted reproductive technology for treatment of infertility.”
However while announcing the birth of his quadruplets, Gov. Dickson in a statement he released through his media aide, Iworiso-Markson, glossed over the side of the IVF.
The statement reads: “The season of celebrations continues in the family of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State as his wife, the First Lady, Dr. Rachael Dickson, was delivered of a set of quadruplets: a bouncing baby boy and three beautiful baby girls. She gave birth in the United States. Mother and children are doing well.
“This is particularly good news for the family and Bayelsans because this bundle of joy is coming after many years of praying and waiting upon the Lord.”
Saturday, June 11, 2016
This follows about 21 years of seemingly endless search for the fruits of the womb to no avail. Succour finally came their way when the Vine Branch Fertility Centre in Ibadan opened in May, 2015. This lucky couple found their way there (Vine Branch) where the IVF was done.
Invitro Fertilization (IVF) otherwise known as Test tube babies is a medical procedure deployed to help infertile couple achieve pregnancy by fertilizing the sperm and egg in the laboratory and then putting the embryo in the mother’s womb to grow. It is a form of assisted reproductive technique.
The first IVF baby was born in 1978 but this procedure was not conducted in Nigeria until 1989 after which Ibadan joined the league with this baby whose IVF was done in July 2015 and delivered in March, 2016.
This is a great feat in Ibadan and further gives hope to couples who have been battling with infertility without success.
The 47 year-old proud mother of the baby could not hold back her tears of joy as the baby was christened Precious Grace Oluwasindara Akeju to the admiration of friends and relatives who had been patiently waiting and praying with the couple. To God be the glory.
Also speaking, the Fertility expert and Consultant Gynaecologist who led the team of experts to carry out the successful IVF, Dr Oluwabukunmi Kolade of Vine Branch Fertility Centre, Mokola, Ibadan gave all thanks to God almighty for the opportunity to finally put a smile on the faces of these couple. He narrated that the centre which opened barely a year ago was able defy all odds to achieve the feat. Asked about the average success rate of such a newly opened fertility centre, Dr Kolade averred that it takes about 8 months to one year for most centres to achieve their first pregnancy but with the help of God and dedication of the management and staff of Vine Branch Fertility Centre, they were able to achieve pregnancy in their first attempt at IVF.
He further stated that the Centre will not rest on its oars as they have even acquired some sophisticated equipment to ease their task of giving hope to couples. On the cost of IVF in Ibadan, Dr Kolade believes that “if a couple can afford a small Tokunbo car, then they can afford an IVF” it is that affordable, yet the result remains priceless.
Monday, February 29, 2016