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Fertility Experts First To Experience Own IVF Journey

David Knight, 51, and Sonya Jessup, 43, are IVF specialists at Sydney’s Demeter Fertility, and are parents of an 11-month-old son, Samuel, conceived through IVF.

As the only known IVF specialists who have walked the path of their patients, Dr Sonya Jessup and Dr Knight understand implicitly what the process is like for couples trying to fall pregnant.


As the only known IVF specialists who have walked the path of their patients, Dr Sonya Jessup and Dr Knight understand implicitly what the process is like for couples trying to fall pregnant.

The couple managed to conceive using a frozen embryo after three cycles of IVF. Dr Jessup, who has four children from a previous marriage, and Dr Knight who has three older children, said the process was sometimes a difficult, emotional rollercoaster but was completely worth it, and gave them both a first-hand experience of what their patients go through.

Both Dr Jessup and Dr Knight say they would highly recommend IVF as they were lucky enough to conceive their beautiful son Samuel. They also believe that older women should be given the chance to explore every option available to fall pregnant given the raft of treatments now available for those struggling to conceive naturally.

“I think there's different opportunities at different ages and from a personal view I think I'm extraordinarily lucky to have had the opportunity to be a dad again," Dr Knight said.
“Giving older patients the opportunity to have a child is a great part of our job. Often couples, particularly older couples, need to at least give it a try to know that they tried everything they could without regret.”

Dr Jessup adds, “We certainly didn’t know what the outcome would be when I started IVF, but with such amazing technology available to us these days, we felt why not give it a go. If we need our teeth fixed we see an orthodontist, or we get glasses if we have sight issues, I see fertility issues as no different, there are treatment options available for most patients.”

Dr Knight is the lead investigator in an upcoming clinical trial that will lead the way in demonstrating an IVF protocol with increased efficacy for pregnancy rates in women in the 40 – 45 age group.

Demeter Fertility is conducting the clinical trial using recombinant Human Growth Hormone (rHGH) in conjunction with the usual Mild Ovarian Stimulation (MOS) IVF treatment with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The clinical trial is a blinded study, designed to support the results of a previous international trial.

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