Milann: Where Compassion is the First Step Towards Conception

 Shailesh Guntu ,CEOFertility segment in India has grown significantly in the last five years. The country sees about 2-2.5 lakh IVF cycles in a year and has the potential to do about 5-6 lakh IVF cycles. Given the population and the infertility rate, it's more about how healthcare providers can reach these people and make IVF treatments accessible and affordable while generating awareness about reproductive health for all. However, an age old taboo still haunts the progressive India. Infertility is considered as a taboo and a social stigma since ages in many parts of the country. People are not comfortable in sharing and talking about their problems openly. Even after undergoing infertility treatment and delivering a healthy baby through IVF procedure, many are not inclined to share their experience with friends and family members. Only since the last one decade, there has been a markedly increasing trend of infertile couples and technology assisted pregnancy throughout India.

Established in 1990, Milann has been redefining hightech fertility care in India by offering individuals access to advanced medical diagnosis and treatment options available in the field of Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART). Formerly known as Bangalore Assisted Conception Center (BACC), the company was re-branded as Milann when it entered a strategic partnership with Health Care Global Enterprise Limited (HCGEL) in 2013.

Today, Milann is one of the pioneers in the reproductive medicine in India with several firsts to its credit. The doctors and specialists at Milann are responsible for numerous path breaking “ firsts” in fertility care which include, SIFT (Semen Intra Fallopian Transfer) technique in assisted reproduction, ICSI (Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection) through Micromanipulation Technique, First Clinic to deliver a baby by Laser Assisted Hatching in South India, and GIFT (Gamete Intra Fallopian Transfer).

Milann considers healthy IVF pregnancies to be the most important gauge of a fertility centre's true success. With a legacy of over 30 years, and more than 1,00,000 IVF pregnancies since inception, the centre's success rate and experience speaks for itself.

Touching Every Aspect of Fertility Care
At Milann, compassion is the first step towards conception. The institute offers a plethora of services under one roof including, In vitro Fertilisation, Intra Uterine Insemination, Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection, Surrogacy, Egg Freezing, Andrology, Fresh & Frozen Embryo Transfer, Gynaecology & Endoscopy, Obstetrics & Paediatrics, Surgical Sperm Retrieval, Urology, Male Infertility and Sexual Dysfunction.

Milann’s laboratory technologies and highly skilled embryologists significantly improve couples' chance for pregnancy and delivery. In fact, Milann's advanced Pre implantation Genetic Tests and AI based techniques, have revealed increased success rates and reduces the total time taken to conceive.

More so, Milann has in place many speciality clinics to deal with complex cases like Recurrent IVF Failure Clinic, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Clinic, Gynaec Endoscopy Clinic and PCOS Clinic to cater to patients' unique needs.

Setting the Right Benchmarks
Milann's process and system driven approach is one of the major attributes that places Milann ahead of the curve. It is this 30 year old legacy that is running at the fore front and has gained the trust of patients by assuring
them with standard treatment for all. The doctors at Milann are renowned experts of their fields, who follow a strict structure of protocols for the treatments across all Milann's centres. “Empathy and patient centric care are the foundations for the treatment provided at Milann where the entire team understands the needs of the patients and personalized care is delivered as per the individual’s requirements", says Shailesh Guntu, CEO, Milann Fertility & Birthing Hospitals.

Unlike other fertility clinics that may just provide assistance to couples in conceiving, Milann does not end its relation with its patients at conception. On the contrary, from preconception to post delivery, Milann's team of specialists including obstetricians, an aesthesio logists, neonatologists and paediatricians, all collectively provide complete care before, during pregnancy and beyond.

Today, the Milann team works seamlessly together, owing its success to a unique work ethos, investment into world class infrastructure for fertility treatment, and an approach based on modern science towards fertility. Milann as an organization, enables the coming together of like minded clinical specialists to make the best practices in fertility care accessible to all. Every medical expert at Milann has obtained his/her postdoctoral fellowship and is extensively trained in reproductive endocrinology, ovarian biology, reproductive immunology and the genetics of fertility. It is evident and quite obvious, that Milann is a premiere institution of fertility specialists in India.

I strongly believe that success lays in solving patients’problems not delivering the highest octane technology

Adhering to the Best Standards
Milann is committed to providing excellence in quality service, care and treatment using the world's best standards and applying the same to its quality systems. Implementation of ISO for over a decade, accreditation with NABL and application for NABH has ensured organizational and structural changes such as introduction of quality control systems, and quality related committees. These changes have in turn facilitated a systematic problem identification and problem solving process, resulting in streamlining of treatment protocols and practices, which in turn has resulted in improved outcomes. A strong quality audit has ensured that the success rate exhibited at the parent Centre could be replicated in the newer Centres. This focus on excellence earned Milann various awards and accolades over the years.

From Preconception to Post Delivery to Now Neonatal - Encompassing the Entire Spectrum
The relentless faith shown by patients for its services in fertility care has enabled Milann to venture into birthing, with a Precious Baby Centre, backed by holistic expertise in providing superlative women and child care in terms of handling high risk pregnancies and critical cases. From preconception to post delivery, Milann has set up to offer a wide range of specialists, including obstetricians, anaesthesio logists, neonatologists and paediatricians, to provide 360 degree care not just during the pregnancy phase, but post delivery too.

Most importantly, for babies who need extra care, Milann is also equipped with a specialized level-2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) headed by Dr. Praveen Kumar Venkatagiri, the National Director for Neonatology and Clinical Operations, which Milann now plans to further elevate it to level-3. Further, Milann is also considering expanding its facilities to Jammu & Kashmir in addition to the eight locations that the hospital is currently present including Bangalore, New Delhi and Chandigarh.

All facilities considered, one of the most crucial things about healthcare is the outcome. Speaking on what's pivotal to Milann, Shailesh says, &”I strongly believe that success lays in solving patients' problems, not delivering the highest octane technology. I also believe that my approach to identifying a problem and acting upon it immediately to find a solution will help determine the organization's course and identity well into the future”.

Further, Milann has an optimistic view for its holistic growth. In the near future, the fertility care clinic intends to help provide fertility and birthing care to people aspiring for a successful pregnancy and beyond, to every nook in the country. Milann is also keeping a keen eye on genetics and latest technologies in the coming future. As of now, the initial focus will remain to strengthen the fertility network and keep creating opportunities to manifest Milann's vision of becoming a global leader in the field of ART.

What makes Milann a Premiere Name in Fertility Care :
Comprehensive Fertility Services
Embryo science,
Milann's multidisciplinary specialty clinics
Social freezing
State of the art laboratory
Venture into women & child treatments
Academic excellence
Clinical excellence
Personalised approach