Jessop Wing fertility treatment praised in 'story of hope' from Sheffield couple

A Sheffield couple have praised the ‘supportive and calm’ staff at the fertility treatment centre in the city’s maternity unit Jessop Wing

By Lloyd Bent
Thursday, 10th June 2021, 12:32 pm

Jo and Leon Hobson, from Gleadless, shared what staff at the fertility treatment unit called a ‘story of hope’ which led to them giving birth to their daughter Emily.

Jo said: “Our journey had been long and tough but everyone at Jessop Fertility and Jessop Wing were wonderful from the very beginning. The reception staff, the nurses, the doctors, the embryologist - everyone we came into contact with were approachable and kind.

Jo with baby Emily.

“We were anxious about egg collection, having never had such an invasive hospital procedure before, but the kindness of the staff put us at instant ease and made the procedure fly by in no time.

"We collected 9 eggs 7 of which went on to be good quality and viable. We were lucky to fall pregnant on our first round. The phone call collecting our pregnancy test results will probably stay with us forever and I can still remember it word for word!

“I developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy so I was under the care of the diabetes midwives. They were really supportive and always available to answer my questions and worries I had.

"This meant I had additional scans and support at the end of my pregnancy. After my waters broke I was induced as contractions didn’t commence, as labour progressed and progress was limited I had an emergency c-section as there were concerns about baby’s heart rate.

"The whole process was really calm and positive, from the start to the end I felt safe and looked after by the staff at Jessop Wing. The care was exceptional.

“The journey of infertility has been long and bumpy for us and the unfairness of it can be all consuming, however we focused on our belief it would happen and remained as positive as we could when hit with disappointment. Emily is worth every little bit of what we went through.”

This comes after a CQC inspection of Jessop Wing found it to be ‘inadequate’ due to a number of safety concerns.

Since the announcement of the downgrading from ‘outstanding’, a number of women treated at the unit have been in touch to praise the work of the staff there.