After a year and a half of trying to conceive naturally, with fertility tests for both me and my husband and Clomid to help ovuIation, I decided to call the London Women’s Clinic following a recommendation from a family friend. Up to this time we’d been worried and frustrated, but became instantly relaxed when the consultant told us we had a good chance of a successful pregnancy. We chose to proceed with the three-cycle IVF package. I had my first egg collection in July 2011, when 10 eggs were collected, but none of them fertilised. Even though we had discussed the likelihood of success at the first attempt, I was still devastated.
In September I had my second egg collection and, following fertilisation with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), 11 of my 13 eggs fertilised – and they were all high grade. A single blastocyst was later transferred, and the two-week wait for the pregnancy test felt like the longest of my life. But again, it was bad news and the test showed a negative result. Once again, I was devastated. It wasn’t until afterwards that my husband told me of the change he saw in my personality during this time.
We decided to take a break and enjoy Christmas. And as soon as the New Year arrived my spirits rose with the knowledge that I had six good-quality frozen blastocysts, and that each transfer would be easier on my body. In March, one of the embryos was transferred, but I was sure that this attempt hadn’t worked. My family was celebrating my Dad’s birthday, so I decided to join the fun rather than be careful for no reason. I even took the pregnancy test a day early, and to my surprise the test came up positive. It took my husband 20 minutes of staring at the test, the test box and re-reading the instructions to make sure it was right. It was the best birthday present we could have given my Dad, and we definitely had a big celebration.
The first time I saw my baby during the scan I could not believe my eyes. I was totally smitten. I had a good pregnancy and really enjoyed it, although my husband was a nervous wreck the entire time. We were convinced we were having a boy and, in December 2013, we had another big shock when our beautiful baby girl, Nyah Darcey, came into the world. I’d like to thank all the staff at the LWC for giving us such a special little girl and we hope to see them again soon for a little brother or sister!