Daddy’s Dream Girl for Fathers’ Day
Fathers’ Day (Sunday 19 June 2011) will be extra special for Glenn Mumford as he gets to spend it for the first time with his own baby, after many years of childlessness.
His seven week old daughter Molly Anna was conceived when Glenn and his fiancé Marie Gould had a single cycle of IVF treatment at Midland Fertility Services (MFS).
Glenn (49) and Marie (36) from Tipton met in 2006 and tried to conceive for more than three years with no success. Following tests, advice from their GP confirmed they were eligible to receive funding from Sandwell PCT for their treatment.
Specialists at MFS concluded that, like almost one in three of all couples who need help to conceive, their infertility was ‘unexplained’, and IVF was recommended. Following about three months of consultations, injections, scans and her egg recovery, Marie and Glenn couldn’t believe it when a pregnancy test in August 2010 proved positive.
“I had an amazing feeling of restrained elation!” explained Glenn, a self-employed gas engineer. “I wanted to believe that everything would be easy from now on, but knew there was a long way to go. After so many negative results, I was so happy, but I dared not believe it when the line turned blue.”
Two weeks later a first scan at MFS confirmed two fetal heartbeats and Glenn and Marie started to enjoy the prospect of being parents to twins, due the day after Glenn’s birthday in April 2011.
However, six weeks later, an antenatal scan confirmed that one of the foetuses had not survived beyond about eight weeks – known as disappearing twin syndrome.
“We were so upset that we’d lost one of our babies, and were really worried that the same could happen again,” recalled Glenn. “But we tried to think positive and kept saying that it gave our surviving baby a real fighting chance, as a single pregnancy is less complicated.”
After an otherwise good pregnancy, Molly Anna missed Glenn’s birthday and instead was born one week late on Easter Sunday (24 April 2011), following a forceps delivery at Russell’s Hall Hospital, Dudley, weighing 7lbs 2oz.
“It’s so disarming having a new-life that you’re totally responsible for and when she smiles at me at 3 o’clock in the morning it’s just the best feeling!” said Glenn. “It’s lovely putting her first in everything we do. I didn’t realise I could be so patient – and I’m loving it!
“Sadly my own dad passed away 11 years ago so Father’s Day has not been one to celebrate in recent years. But I intend to make up for it this year, with Marie and Molly and her three other grandparents.”
Heidi Birch, director of nursing services at MFS said: “Special family days can be hard on people who want a baby, and so celebrating a first Fathers’ Day is a wonderful milestone for any new dad, however his baby was conceived.
“More than 245 MFS babies have been born in the last 12 months, many of them to first time dads, and another 245 are currently expected! We send them all our very best wishes on their special day on Sunday.”
Contact MFS on 01922 455911 or via www.midlandfertility.com
Issued: 16 June 2011
MFS was established in 1987 and is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to offer a range of fertility treatments and procedures including IVF, ICSI, egg donation, egg and embryo freezing and sperm recovery. In May 2002 the UK’s first ‘frozen egg’ baby was born following treatment at MFS. In September 2005, the UK’s first twins were born from ‘frozen eggs’ fertility treatment at MFS, followed by the first ‘frozen egg’ boy in December 2005. In April 2006 the clinic’s first twins were born following the mother’s treatment with Vi4gr4 as part of her fertility treatment at MFS. In early 2008, the 4,000th baby was born after treatment at MFS and the clinic celebrated its 21st anniversary in June 2008. The 4,500th baby was born in August 2009 and the clinic’s and the UK’s first two vitrified egg babies were born in December 2010 and January 2011. Based in Aldridge, West Midlands, MFS treats both private and NHS patients.
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