‘Three beautiful boys despite PCOS, miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy’

Vivian and Max Barnes


Vivian and Max now have a family of three sons but their story includes two miscarriages, an ectopic pregnancy causing the loss of one of Vivian’s Fallopian tubes, the diagnosis of endometriosis and polycystic ovaries (PCOS), and two full cycles of IVF at MFS, including a total of five embryo transfers.

In 1999, after two pregnancies ended in miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy, Vivian and Max had their first cycle of IVF. Vivian became pregnant from a frozen embryo transfer, but again miscarried at 11 weeks. In September 2001 they adopted 5½ month old Joshua, believing that adoption was their only chance of parenthood. But in 2003, after receiving funding from Dudley PCT, they began their second full cycle of IVF.

Their twin sons Ollie and Hugo were born at 30 weeks in April 2004 weighing just 3lbs and 2lbs 12oz and respectively, after two frozen embryo transfers from their second IVF cycle.

Vivian and Max then very generously donated their remaining 10 frozen embryos to give possibly two other couples the chance of parenthood.

“Despite everything we went through, we have our three gorgeous sons and we can’t believe how lucky we are,” said Vivian. “Our persistence and the expertise of the team at MFS mean we have more than we could ever have hoped for.

“All three of our boys are precious gifts in our lives and we wanted other couples to benefit from some of our good fortune, so we donated our embryos.”