I’ve always wanted children. A family of my own is what I dreamed of. I decided from when I was in my late 20’s that if I hadn’t met someone by 30 I would have a baby on my own. Then I hit 30. I started to think about looking at ways to have a baby but then I met someone, and hoping we would start a family someday, I didn’t think I’d need to go it alone. It didn’t happen so when that relationship ended I went back to looking at the options for ways to have a baby. Then I found the London Women’s clinic. I read their information on the website and saw that one of the things they do is fertility treatment for single women. I saw they were having a free seminar where I could go along and get some information so I thought, ‘Great, what did I have to lose? It’s not like I’m committing to anything’. I took my friend along with me and got some good information about what was available, the treatments they offered and an idea of the cost. I was relieved that it wasn’t going to cost as much as I imagined it would for IUI.
The consultant and all the staff who looked after me were great. They were so professional and caring. I was never treated any differently to a couple and never felt judged for being a single woman wanting a baby. All the treatments were at my pace. No appointment was ever rushed. Sometimes I had a few months between treatments but I was never hurried or rushed to do another round. I just contacted them when I was ready for another round of treatment. I found it really reassuring that it was all about me. I had 3 rounds of IUI before I finally fell pregnant. Sadly that pregnancy didn’t last to full term but when I was able to try again, LWC was where I went, I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Again everyone was so caring and really looked after me. Another 3 rounds of IUI using the same donor I fell pregnant again. I now have my beautiful baby girl and the family I always dreamed of.
When she was born, nothing prepares you. I was overwhelmed and so in love with her. My life changed in an instant. Learning to care for a baby was a whole new journey. Life now 6 months on as a mum is full on, busy, manic, and everything revolves around her but I wouldn’t have it any other way. She is a happy smiley baby who loves to play and have cuddles and she brings love and joy to everyone who meets her and I feel incredibly proud to be her mum. My life feels complete now. Being a mum is the best job in the world.