A story of hope, resilience, and the power of modern medicine: after 18 years of trying to conceive, Kim, now 40, has given birth to not one, but two healthy children through IVF. Despite having a natural birth at the age of 17, Kim and her husband James, 46, struggled to have another child due to Kim’s polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) diagnosis at age 18. The couple tried various treatments before turning to in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
Kim described her fear and anxiety during the pregnancy, saying “It sounds terrible, but there was a lot of worry. I was terrified about miscarrying the baby. There was a lot of worry, and I worried constantly. It must be the most demanding thing I’ve ever done.” The couple turned to TFP Simply Fertility in Chelmsford for IVF treatment, where they received 19 eggs in their first round and have nine frozen eggs remaining.
After 18 years of struggling, the couple finally welcomed their first child, Harrison, in January 2019, weighing 7lb 7oz. “I really can’t put into words the sensation when Harrison was born, it was beautiful. Having him in my arms was a magical moment. I never thought I would fall pregnant again,” Kim said.
As if one healthy child after 18 years of infertility wasn’t enough, the couple received even more wonderful news in 2021 – Kim was expecting their second IVF child, William. William was born healthy and happy and has just turned two.
Kim advises others who are struggling with infertility to consider IVF if it’s an option, saying “I considered it to be my last resort; nevertheless, if it is an option, take advantage of it rather than believing it to be your only choice. The clinic was wonderful and really helpful. When I brought the boys back inside, they were eager to hold and observe them.”
Kim’s story is a testament to the power of determination, modern medicine, and the importance of hope. While the journey to parenthood wasn’t an easy one, the outcome – two healthy, happy children – is more than worth it.