Children and Family Relationships Act 2015

We are delighted to say that we received confirmation from the Department of Health yesterday that the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 will now not commence until the 5th May 2020.  This is good news as it gives us, the fertility clinics, and the Department of Health time to ensure that all the necessary arrangements are in place before the Act is commenced.  It also means that patients have more time to discuss and plan their options.

We will be very happy to discuss this further with you at your next appointment at the clinic.

 

July 12th: General Scheme of the AHR Bill

Assisted Human Reproduction Bill

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health today published its report on the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill. This proposed Bill aims to provide a legal framework for AHR treatments in Ireland and outline provisions for establishment of a national AHR regulatory authority.

As Clinical Director of MFC and an internationally-renowned fertility expert, Professor Mary Wingfield has been a vocal advocate over many years for patient rights in the context of this proposed legislation, and was an invited participant at a meeting of the Joint Committee in February 2018.

For the full Report, please follow the link below:

https://data.oireachtas.ie/ie/oireachtas/committee/dail/32/joint_committee_on_health/reports/2019/2019-07-11_report-on-pre-legislative-scrutiny-of-the-general-scheme-of-the-assisted-human-reproduction-bill_en.pdf

Boosting male fertility

Male Fertility

In at least 50% of cases of male factor infertility, the cause is unknown. A number of lifestyle factors have been shown to affect male fertility. These include diet and nutrition, body weight, levels of exercise, stress and use of tobacco and drugs. Tackling obesity, improving your diet and incorporating moderate-intensity aerobic exercise into your daily life can boost fertility, improve chances of conception, and allow you to be proactive about your role in conceiving a baby.  To read more please follow the link below:

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/25/health/male-infertility-food-drayer/index.html

New Research Funding for MFC Clinician

Research

MFC is delighted to share that our clinical research fellow Dr. Lucia Hartigan recently received research funding from the National Maternity Hospital Medical Fund.

In collaboration with UCD School of Medicine, Dr. Hartigan will use this funding to investigate new biomarkers that may help predict the developmental potential of an oocyte, and improve ART outcomes.

Congratulations Lucia!