Aspiring mums with a history of miscarriage can now take advantage of a new clinic being offered by leading Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Mr Rami Atalla, every Tuesday evening at Spire Harpenden Hospital.
Dubbed the ‘Egyptian miracle’ by his thousands of satisfied female patients, Mr Atalla has been treating women who suffer from recurrent miscarriages in the Harpenden area since 2000 and has achieved success considerably higher than other units.
For many of these women, the beauty of Mr Atalla’s service is not just the realisation of their dream of becoming a mother but the exceptional level of clinical care and emotional support they receive from him and his team along the road to motherhood.
A common problem but help is hard to find
“People don’t realise just how many pregnancies don’t run smoothly. One in five women suffers at least one miscarriage and yet no-one seems to understand or help you. You become part of an exclusive club that nobody wants to join,” said Hayley Saul, who is now the mother of three-year old Charlie ‘Rami’ (in honour of Mr Atalla).
“This clinic doesn’t just help you get pregnant they make sure you stay pregnant. After four miscarriage and a traumatic late termination, we were ready to throw in the towel but were shown such care and kindness by Mr Atalla and his team that they gave us the will to carry on.
“He managed to find out what the problem was and, six months later, I was pregnant again. I was immediately put on a support programme with daily blood tests, weekly check-ups and regular monitoring. I had so many scans that when Charlie was finally born his face was already familiar to me!” she explained.
Multiple episodes before it’s taken seriously
Despite being under the care of another specialist clinic, Sylvia Akwaboah had six miscarriages in three years before becoming a patient of Mr Atalla’s.
“No one seems to take you seriously until you’ve had multiple miscarriages which is incredibly distressing. Mr Atalla was the first doctor I felt was actually going to help me.
“Despite being a frequent visitor to my previous clinic, the doctors there never seemed to know anything of my history and even lost my notes on more than one occasion. I was told my problem was due to an incompetent cervix but Mr Atalla doubted this because I was able to carry my foetus for a considerable time, up to 20 weeks.
“Mr Atalla’s approach was to conduct an intensive range of tests on me prior to conception and take swabs every two weeks throughout my pregnancy to monitor for signs of infection and ensure anything could be nipped in the bud before complications arose. He’s very thorough and leaves nothing to chance. I now have three boys with my latest, Kayden, arriving just six weeks ago. All three were born with the help of Mr Atalla.
“I just wish every woman with problems could see Mr Atalla. Even when you are being treated by another member of his team he always finds the time to stop by to talk to you.”
A superior level of care
Natalie Radley, who had four miscarriages before giving birth to Mia-Hope in 2006, said: “Mr Atalla treated us differently to all the other doctors we had seen, arranging many more investigations. As soon as I found out I was pregnant I texted Mr Atalla and he text me straight back telling me to come in the next day for a blood test. He tested me for gestational diabetes, found I was positive and was then able to manage my condition effectively throughout the pregnancy.
“He really cares about what he does, we are special to him and our children are special to him. He treats each child as the miracle that they are!” Natalie is now 11 weeks pregnant with number two and is again a patient of Mr Atalla’s.
A logical approach that delivers results
Speaking about his approach, Mr Atalla said the first step in ensuring a successful pregnancy was to establish whether any previous miscarriages were due to a problem with the mother’s health or if there was something wrong with the foetus.
“At the clinic, our mothers are investigated thoroughly for the cause of miscarriage therefore, in only a very small proportion, we might not find a cause. In the vast majority of miscarriages, the foetus fails to grow if abnormalities of the womb or antibodies are present. In this instance there is a lot we can do to help. If, at a routine scan, no foetal heart beat is found but the embryo is still in the womb then we know there was a problem with the baby.
“One of the reasons for our high success rate may also lie in the fact that we scan women much more frequently than other clinics enabling us to gain more information from these investigations and introduce effective lines of treatment much earlier in the pregnancy.
“Many clinics delay any medication the mother-to-be may require until after seven weeks because of the risk of an ectopic pregnancy and, hence, by then some women will have lost their baby. When a woman is monitored frequently, however, it is possible to begin medication as soon as she falls pregnant.” He said.
Unfortunately to qualify for treatment on the NHS a woman must have experienced three sequential miscarriages. It is traumatic for women seeking a baby to go through this repeatedly.
Mr Atalla’s clinic is held at Spire Harpenden Hospital every Tuesday at 6pm. Anyone wishing to make an appointment should call 01582 763191. A GPs referral is required.
To celebrate the clinic’s success, a Family Fun Day is being held on Sunday, June 8 at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Hertfordshire. It will be attended by more than 100 happy families who have been patients of Mr Atalla’s over the last five years.
For further information please contact:
Business Development Manager
Spire Harpenden Hospital
Tel: 01582 763191
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