Welfare of the child

Under the terms of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1990), fertility clinics must consider ‘The welfare of any child who may be born as a result of treatment and of any other child who may be affected by the birth. In order to fulfil this obligation, patients and their partners are required to complete a medical and social assessment questionnaire developed by the HFEA.

This is not designed to assess an individual’s suitability to act as a parent, but to ensure that the health and the welfare of any child is not compromised. Occasionally additional information may be required from the GP to support an assessment.

Written literature is provided about all treatments and a number of consent forms may require completion. A plan can then be made to commence treatment. Support from the whole team is available throughout treatment.

All BMI fertility centres have a doctor or nurse available for emergency on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.