A couple who had previously suffered three heartbreaking miscarriages were thrilled to finally welcome twins after spending over £82,000 on IVF.
Teachers Amy and Gary O’Keeffe from Carlow in Ireland were desperate to start a family of their own, and after getting married six years ago, they started trying for a child right away, but regrettably their efforts led to nine unsuccessful IVF cycles and three miscarriages.
Fortunately, simply as they had been about to surrender hope, their tenth spherical of IVF was profitable, and so they welcomed twins Maisie and Jared.
“We have been together 11 years and been married for six. We started trying for a baby after we got married, and fell pregnant during our honeymoon which sadly ended in our first miscarriage, explains Amy.
“We’d fallen pregnant simply, so we didn’t anticipate we might have any points sooner or later, however after 14 months of making an attempt once more, we had no pleasure.”
The primary miscarriage left Amy and Gary questioning their fertility – so each went via testing to uncover the issue. They by no means acquired an official analysis and their struggles had.
Amy fell pregnancy in October 2018 and January 2020, however each sadly resulted in miscarriages.
The couple also underwent IVF treatment, at an estimated cost of €100,000 (£82,000) for the ten cycles they underwent.
“If we hadn’t gotten pregnant by the tenth spherical of IVF, we agreed that we might bow out as the percentages had been greater than towards us,” Amy says.
“We had been virtually making peace with the concept possibly we simply wouldn’t have the ability to have youngsters of our personal.
“We had been each working further on the facet of our jobs to fund the IVF. It turned a part of our family funds.
“Generally we should delay cycles whereas we saved up the cash to pay for it.
“We had our tenth embryo switch in November final the place we transferred two embryos, however we had no expectation of them taking.
“You may check for 2 weeks however inside every week of the switch, I began feeling actually unwell.
“I simply thought I’d made overdone it this time and pushed my physique too far, however out of curiosity I made a decision to do a being pregnant check and I noticed a robust line on the stick.
“After the clinic refused to examine us, we made the decision to visit our GP, who asked us if there was any chance that we might be having twins. After everything we had gone through, we never imagined we would be so lucky.”
Five days before Christmas the previous year, the couple had their first scan and were scared they would learn more bad news. When the nurse told them she could see a second baby, Amy claims she had her mouth open and couldn’t believe it.
She added: ‘When we saw the two babies, there were lots of tears. We were both crying and so was the nurse, as I think she was so scared she was going to have to break some bad news to us before Christmas.
“It was so surprising as a result of the percentages had been towards us.”
Fortunately, the being pregnant was a hit and Amy delivered two wholesome infants.
‘”he being pregnant went easily,’ she says. ‘I carried the infants to 37 weeks and needed to be induced.
“I delivered them naturally on completely different dates and they’re each completely different star indicators.”
Jared, her identical twin brother, was born just after midnight on July 23 and is a Leo. Maisie, who weighs 5 pounds, was born just before midnight on July 22 and is a cancer.
Amy provides: “We didn’t discover out the genders of the infants, so we had been so joyful once we found we had a boy and a woman. It was the icing on the cake.
“We took our infants dwelling three days later and it was the very best feeling on the earth. We lastly bought our joyful ending in spite of everything this time.
“The twins are two little fighters. They’re thriving and definitely dwelling as much as their star indicators.
“We couldn’t be happier.”