'Miracle' IVF twins celebrate becoming mothers together
Two “miracle” sisters born through IVF are celebrating having children in the same year.
Twins Leanne and Victoria Humphreys, aged 19, were their parents’ last hope of having a child after two earlier failed attempts.
Their mum Julie, now aged 50, had her fallopian tubes taken out when she was 18 because of an infection and her only hope to have children with husband Gary, aged 45, was by in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
But after two heartbreaking failed attempts on the NHS, the third and final round brought them two children, doubling their joy. Now the girls — despite admitting being “yin yang” twins due to their different personalities — are taking the same life path after both of them became pregnant this year despite Leanne being told she also would find it hard to conceive.
She collapsed last year when a cyst on her ovaries burst and was given a course of antibiotics — but these interfered with her pill and she became pregnant despite her doctor’s warnings she would struggle.
Baby Harry was born in April this year — just as her sister Victoria, known as Vickii, announced she was pregnant.
Leanne said: “My parents always said to us when we were younger that we were miracle babies and their last chance try at IVF.
“They used their last eggs for us — the others didn't make it.
“It was done on the NHS because mum had a medical condition.
“Her fallopian tubes were taken out when she was 18 after she got an infection.
“Mum met dad in 1986 and she said they clicked straight away.
“It's like a little love story — two years later dad proposed to her.
“They both wanted kids and started investigating their choices when she was 28.
“She found out about IVF but had to go on the waiting list.
“She had two tries which didn't work and the third — us — was her last chance.”
The pair were born small but healthy in 1993 and rather than hiding from them how they were conceived, their parents celebrated it and called them “special babies”.
Vickii, whose baby girl is due in November, said: “We were small babies — I was 4lbs 12 oz and Leanne was 4lbs 8oz — and strangely there was always
IVF - The facts
- IVF, or In Vitro Fertilisation, is a process by which an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body.
- The world’s first “test tube” baby was Louise Brown, born just before midnight on July 25, 1978 at Oldham General Hospital.
- IVF is used as a major treatment for infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed.
- The technique involves removing or harvesting eggs from a woman’s body and then fertilising them in a laboratory.
- In 2001, 48,147 women had IVF treatment and 17,041 babies were born. Latest figures show 25.6 per cent of IVF treatments using a woman’s own fresh eggs resulted in a live birth. But IVF doesn’t always result in pregnancy and can be both physically and emotionally demanding. If you are going through IVF, you should be offered counselling to help you throughout the process.
- The Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority has a helpline on 020 7291 8200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
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