Sarah and James had been trying for a baby for a while. Nothing was happening so they decided to do IVF.
The first 3 cycles didn’t work. By this time, they had spent nearly £20,000 on the treatments They were both feeling so stressed and unhappy that they didn’t know whether they wanted to continue trying.
One of their friends mentioned they should check whether Sarah had fibroids – since she had known someone who had, and this had prevented their IVF working.
Sarah was checked with a simple scan, and indeed she had a very large fibroid that meant she never would have got pregnant naturally or with IVF. The fibroid was removed using a straightforward procedure and within a few months, Sarah became pregnant naturally! James and Sarah’s first baby is called Josh, and their second (!) is Mia. They are now a very happy and healthy family – and very happy to be able to start forgetting their long and stressful ordeal. Needless to say – it’s an ordeal they never should have been put through in the first place.
Despite countless breakthroughs in medical science, we still do not understand why some pregnancies will end in tragedy. For most of us, having a child of our own is the most fulfilling experience of our lives. All of us can imagine the desperation and sadness of parents who lose a baby, and the life-shattering impact that a disabled or seriously ill child has on a family.
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