First Mothers’ Day Delight for IVF New Mum
Sunday was a very special day for Kelly Hammond as she celebrated her first Mothers’ Day with her partner Andy Holder and their twins Finley and Neve.
The babies were born in September 2010 after the couple received IVF treatment at Midland Fertility Services (MFS) in Aldridge. But, after trying to conceive for a year, when she was told in June 2009 that scarring on both her Fallopian tubes would mean that she would not be able to conceive naturally, Kelly and Andy wondered if they would ever have the chance to be a mum and dad.
The couple from Walsall have been together since they were 18 years old and having a baby was always an important part of the life they planned.
However, despite their worries about her fertility, Kelly, a senior trainer for the NHS, admits that they were very fortunate with their treatment and have a son and a daughter as a result of a single cycle of IVF.
She said: “We first went to MFS in October 2009 and our babies were born less than a year later. We were very lucky that it worked first time and we couldn’t have asked for a better result!
“Getting the positive pregnancy test was amazing and while we knew there was a chance of twins because I’d had a two embryo transfer, when we saw the two flickering heartbeats at the first scan, we couldn’t believe it was actually happening to us.”
After a comfortable pregnancy Kelly went into labour early at 35 weeks. So Finley Shaun and Neve Mary were born by emergency Caesarean section just one minute apart in September 2010, weighing 5lbs 5oz and 3lbs 8oz respectively. Neve spent just a couple of days in the neo-natal unit at Walsall Manor Hospital and since then both babies have continued to thrive.
“On Sunday we’ll spend a lovely family day together,” said Kelly. “I’m so lucky to be able to celebrate with my own mum and our two precious babies – it couldn’t be better!”
Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director at MFS said: “MFS sends good wishes to all mothers and especially to those who are enjoying their first Mothers’ Day. More than 250 MFS babies have been born in the last 12 months and many will be first babies for their mums and first grand-children for their grandmas. We wish them all a lovely day.”
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. 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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Issued: 1 April 2011