Don't deny couples hope of baby dream says Manea mum who had a miracle IVF son
“Cutting the NHS funding for IVF has a dramatic impact on people’s lives and mental health,” says a Fenland mum, who was lucky enough to have a miracle baby.
Donna Young, from Manea, spoke out as Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were due to discuss reintroducing free IVF treatment for couples.
However, at the 11th hour the authority announced it would be delaying the debate until next month
Donna said: “Even offering one try on the NHS offers hope. We are proof of that. We had one try and were successful. It won’t be the case for everyone, but it can help people achieve their dream.”
Donna had four miscarriages in the space of six years and was then unable to fall pregnant again.
“I had been to see my GP after my first miscarriage but was told that it was pretty common,” says Donna.
“But after my fourth miscarriage I went back to the doctor because something was clearly wrong. Without me realising it, I had been really affected and it had put a strain on both of us.”
Donna’s GP referred her to Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 2011 and she was told to carry on trying to get pregnant for another year.
“When I hadn’t got pregnant I underwent a hysteroscopy to look at the inside of my womb. Everything looked normal so I was told to go away and try for another year,” says Donna.
When she went back a year later and was still not pregnant, the consultant urged her to lose weight and make some serious lifestyle changes.
A year later the consultant was pleased with her progress and she said: “An ultrasound had also picked up that I had possible signs of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and I was referred for NHS-funded fertility treatment at Bourn Hall Clinic.”
After attending an open evening at the clinic Donna and husband Chris saw a consultant. Donna took a course of drugs to stimulate her egg production before undergoing a procedure to remove some of her eggs. These were mixed with some of Chris’s sperm and left to develop using a process called blastocyst culture.
An embryo was transferred to Donna’s womb and the couple waited two weeks before a pregnancy test.
“When the test was positive after our first IVF attempt it felt like everything I had ever wanted,” says Donna.
Donna had extra scans to reassure her the pregnancy was going to plan, including a 4D scan at 26 weeks.
“We saw the baby moving around and holding his hands up to his face. He was a real baby,” laughs Donna.
Baby Ronnie was born in December 2015 and is now a bubbly three-and-a-half- year-old who loves going to pre-school.
His mum couldn’t be prouder: “He is a funny, loving and caring little boy who is developing extremely well for his age, as well as aspiring to be a Marvel superhero!”
Donna, 33, and Chris, 35, are enormously grateful for the NHS funding they received for treatment at Bourn Hall.
“We are so thankful for having our treatment funded by the NHS,” says Donna. “We feel so lucky that our treatment worked first time.
“Many people cannot afford IVF privately but I would still direct people to Bourn Hall because there are a number of opportunities for reducing the cost of self-funded treatment.
“Bourn Hall made our dreams come true. We owe them everything for the life we have now with Ronnie.”
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