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Mums celebrate first Mother’s Day after IVF joy

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Emma, Esme and Jenny

Three women are looking forward to celebrating their first Mother’s Day after a lengthy struggle with their fertility.

Same sex couple, Jenny and Emma McCarthy Jenkins, welcomed their ‘miracle baby’ Esme into the world last year after treatment provided by Wrightington’s Fertility Fusion clinic.

And healthcare assistant, Layla Snape, said she can’t wait for her first Mother’s Day card as her boyfriend Ashley Evans will be showering her with love with their five-month-old son, Elijah, this Sunday.

For both these couples, the wait has been long as both have gone through numerous attempts of intrauterine insemination (IUI) and IVF treatment.

Emma and Jenny, who married in 2014, decided to try intrauterine insemination (IUI) using donor sperm. Unfortunately, after three failed procedures during 2017 and 2018, the personal trainers from Accrington opted for IVF treatment. Following a further unsuccessful round of IVF, Jenny and Emma were left with ‘one egg’. This embryo ultimately resulted in Esme being born in July 2019.

Jenny, aged 37, said: “When we saw the test come back positive after 14 days, we were on cloud nine. It was the best feeling in the world.

“As all couples out there, who struggle to become pregnant and receive bad news after bad news, they’ll know it’s mentally and emotionally draining. We were questioning if our time would arrive.

“However, when we had one egg left, we thought let’s go for it. And here she is, our beautiful baby girl who is trying to crawl and who makes us smile every day.”

After eventually opting for assisted conception following fertility problems, Layla found out she was pregnant after their fifth round of fertility treatment.

The 27-year-old trainee nurse from Orrell in Wigan, who works for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It was Ash who checked the test and broke the news to me. I was crying my eyes out, but let me stress they were happy tears.

“To hear that news after more than three years of trying was so special.

“I’m not a jealous person at all, but seeing my friends having babies and going to baby showers was getting tough. However we gritted our teeth and got on with it.”

Both couples could not praise highly enough the personal care and treatment they received at Fertility Fusion. The Wrightington-based facility provides both NHS and private fertility services and is a partnership between Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) and the Hewitt Fertility Centre, part of the Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Jenny added: “We were given a choice of where to go when we had initial tests at our local hospital and we decided to go with Fertility Fusion who seemed the best. Well it most certainly was the best, from the caring staff to excellent facilities.

“We felt relaxed, reassured and informed throughout and we cannot thank the staff enough for their support.”

Layla commented: “You get scared and apprehensive about if it will all work, but the support we received from Fertility Fusion was incredible, honest and reassuring throughout.

“I could not fault them and I cannot thank them enough. I would do it all again.”

Phil Harris, Consultant Gynaecologist and Clinical Lead for Fertility Fusion said: “Our team is highly experienced and our aim is to provide the best possible service, using our expertise and the latest fertility technology to help people fulfil their dream of starting a family.

“Sadly, even with all this, we can’t always promise success. However, what we can promise is to give everything possible to make sure those who undergo fertility treatment have the best chance of getting everything they want.”

More information on our fertility treatments is available on our website www.fertilityfusion.co.uk or call 01257 256251.

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