Barbados Fertility Center (BFC) is a Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited center of excellence, specializing in all aspects of infertility management. BFC opened its doors in 2002—and exactly nine months later, its first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby was born.
Infertility has many causes, and BFC tailors treatment to individual needs. BFC treats couples ages 21-49 who have been unable to conceive for a year or more. The center’s unique approach combines rest, relaxation, and holistic therapy with medical intervention. BFC’s cutting-edge technology and stress-reducing environment give couples the best possible chances of conception.
BFC’s high success rates and relatively low costs attract regional and international patients from Europe, the UK, the US, and Canada in growing numbers. But closer-to-home clientele are not forgotten: BFC’s main facility in Christ Church, Barbados, partners with gynecologists on other islands to provide assisted reproduction to couples throughout the Caribbean. Satellite offices operate in Antigua, BVI, St. Maarten, and Trinidad.
International couples usually find infertility treatment less costly at BFC than at home. Patients from the UK report their public health system funds only 25 percent of IVF treatment costs, with out-of-pocket costs running as high as £10,000 (about US$15,000) per cycle; US patients often report estimates as high as $30,000.
Dr. Juliet Skinner, BFC’s Medical Director, is Barbadian by birth, and trained as an obstetrician/gynecologist at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Skinner seized an opportunity to develop an IVF unit on the island in conjunction with the largest unit in Ireland. Not satisfied with establishing merely a good clinic, Skinner and Clinic Director Anna Hosford aimed to make theirs the world’s best. Skinner and Hosford assembled a team of specialists aimed at progressively developing the center to the outstanding facility it is today. From 2005 onward, BFC achieved success rates comparable to, or better than, those in the US—and twice those in the UK.
The team’s newest addition is Dr. Roberta Corona, a Consultant IVF Specialist. Awarded the Socrates Scholarship after undergraduate medical training in Italy, she specialized in obstetrics/gynecology at Belgium’s Catholic University of Leuven and completed an endoscopic pelvic surgery and endometriosis fellowship at its University Hospital, where she was then appointed as a clinical and surgical services consultant in obstetrics, gynecology, and fertility. Dr. Corona brings a wealth of international experience, as well as language skills in Italian, English, Dutch, French, and Spanish—enabling BFC to cater to additional European patients.
Last updated on 19 February 2015
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