Coastal VF and New Women's Health Clinic in the News

24 November 2014

Check out these lovely news stories about the Sunshine Coast's first IVF babies (conceived with assistance of Coastal IVF) and the opening of the SUnshine Coast's new Women's Health Clinic

Miller Family looks back on rollercoaster IVF ride

Leith and Jarvis Miller, now 16, were the Sunshine Coast's first IVF babies, conceived with the help of Coastal IVF.

When obstetrician and gynaecologist Paul Stokes opened his Maroochydore practice, Mrs Miller jumped at the chance to try a local practitioner.

"I was nearly 38 and I thought 'I'm not going to go any further than 40 - I'll just enjoy being an aunty'."

Mrs Miller fell pregnant with twins on the first attempt.

When Leith and Jarvis were born 14 weeks premature, the couple didn't panic.

"At the time I didn't think much of it because you know, you've got your babies," Mrs Miller said.

Jarvis had to be resuscitated seven times, Leith had a bleed in her head, and both infants spent 100 days in hospital.

Leith Miller said knowing how hard her mum and dad had to try to bring her into the world made her feel important.

"It feels like it's kind of meant to be. People are born for a purpose and a reason," said the aspiring psychologist, who is also a passionate musician and sportsperson.

"I want to change the world."

Jarvis said he valued finding out how hard his parents tried to bring him and Leith into the world.

"She (Mum) always says how we're a miracle and she's so lucky to have us," he said.

Leith said she admired her father, whose determination and strength were truly impressive.

"When Mum was on a plane on the way to Brisbane (to give birth), Dad was caught in Brisbane traffic but he managed to beat the plane down there," she said.

"He's very determined and strong with Mum and everything, and he cares about her, and I think that's really beautiful."

Mrs Miller said IVF was a rollercoaster of a journey.

"Having such a wonderful outcome has just been the best thing that's ever happened to us," she said.

"It's a rollercoaster though. When you don't conceive your world just crumbles in around you. But you always live in hope that it can happen."

For the Millers and their miracle babies, the reward was worth the wait.

Twins on hand for Coastal Women's Health clinic opening

THE Sunshine Coast's first set of IVF babies made a special visit to the clinic that helped give them life this week.

Coastal IVF, the Coast's first IVF unit that helped give life to 16-year-old twins Jarvis and Leith Miller, this week announced further success in the form of a major extension of laboratory facilities and procedures, and the opening of the Coastal Women's Health Clinic.

The Maroochydore business' director and obstetrician/gynaecologist, Dr Paul Stokes, said it had taken plenty of careful planning to see the clinic come to fruition.

"I've been planning this for a couple of years, to be able to get it to work I had to get the right people together," he said, explaining that the clinic will be up and running on February 2 next year, and will be managed and staffed by five female general practitioners specialising in women's health.

"For women on the Coast to receive this care currently, they usually need to visit their GP or other specialists, sometimes in a busy waiting room or via separate appointments at varying times.

"This clinic offers a dedicated service, with female doctors, in a supportive and comfortable environment, in one convenient location".

Dr Stokes had plenty of praise to heap on the Miller teenagers, who gave a live cello and violin performance during Thursday night's official opening.

"They're a really high-achieving pair," he said.

The clinic will offer pap-smears and breast checks, contraceptive management and menopausal care.

Appointment times out of normal office hours will also be offered at the clinic to provide flexibility for women who find appointments during work hours difficult to access.