01 Jul 2016 | 09.33 am
Clane Embryos Hear The Music
Kildare fertility clinic acquired by Barcelona’s Institut Marqués
01 Jul 2016 | 09.33 am
The Clane Fertility Clinic, an element of the privately-owned Clane General Hospital, has been acquired by the Institut Marqués of Barcelona, which specialises in gynaecology, obstetrics and assisted reproduction services.
A specialist medical team from IM Barcelona will join the team of 23 people working at the clinic, now rebranded as Institut Marquès Ireland. The institute is recognised for high success rates of 89% with in-vitro fertilisation with donor egg treatments. On the scientific level, the institute has carried out research into the effect of music on assisted reproduction treatments.
Until now, Clane Fertility Clinic worked as a unit of Clane General Hospital. Founded in 1986, the facility has 700 sq m of space and is one kilometre from Clane Hospital, with which it will continue to collaborate with after the sale to Institut Marquès. The clinic has its own reproduction laboratory.
Dr Hans Arce of the Clane Fertility Clinic said: “Institut Marquès has already invested in new technologies and improving some of the existing facilities in the clinic.”
In addition to the its portfolio of treatments such as IVF with donor eggs or embryo donation, among others, the institute has added some of more advanced techniques such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Along with the use of advanced culture, it utilises a time-lapse embryomobile. This enables future parents to use their mobile phone to observe their embryos which are being incubated in an embryoscope, as if they were present in the laboratory.
The institute claims to have proved through research that musical vibrations increase the fertilisation rate by 5% and so all incubators in the Clane centre, where embryos develop, have a built-in music system.
The institute discovered, in a scientific study, carried out in more than 1,000 patients, that foetuses can hear from week 16 as long as the sound reaches them through the mother´s vagina. This is achieved by using a ‘Babypod’, a vaginal device that helps to communicate with the foetus.
Institut Marqués is continuing to research the benefits of music, comparing the reactions of foetuses to different types of music, and to the voice of the mother or other relatives.
Another study will analyse whether music can also improve the rate of embryo implantation. So far, it has shown that using Babypod just after embryo transfer and during the days until the pregnancy test, patients have found it has reduced their anxiety levels.
Clane General Hospital Ltd made an operating profit of €394,000 in 2014.