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Julie’s IVF journey ends

JULIE Treloar helped pioneer infertility services in Sunraysia in the early 1990s alongside Dr John Bowditch.
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Moving on: Fertility nurse Julie Treloar will retire after 23 years in the field next week. She is holding a photo of Ally Robinson, the very first IVF baby from the clinic, in 1993, and is standing alongside the clinic’s wall of newborns. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

She still remembers the clinic’s very first bundle of joy and proudly shares the slightly faded photo of a newborn swathed in pink blankets.

Next week, the fertility specialist will retire after 23 years with the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) industry, helping to bring hundreds of happy babies into the world.

But it has not been all sunshine and rainbows for the mum of three, who admits the IVF process is an emotional rollercoaster for couples.

Some couples are so private they won’t even tell their own family what they are going through.

One patient had four children via IVF and didn’t even tell her own mother, who lived down the road.

This is where Julie’s role as confidant has come in, sharing the struggles, hopes and dreams of hundreds of parents.

“Some people go through cycle after cycle to get that baby they want – they’re the ones you get attached to,” she said.

IVF services started at Red Cliffs Hospital in 1992.

Julie, who had a background as a theatre nurse, was working in Dr Bowditch’s clinic at the time when he asked her to work part-time with infertility patients.

“He said ‘it will only be a couple of days work’ so I said OK. But he fooled me – I was only part-time for about a month,” she said.

Julie and Dr Bowditch teamed up with Dr John McBain and his wife Dr Penelope Foster.

The group worked from Red Cliffs for 12 months before moving to Mildura Base Hospital.

A purpose-built clinic was later built at Mildura Private Hospital in the early 2000s, which Mildura O and G staff and visiting embryologists still use today.

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