A couple are celebrating having their third IVF child from the same batch of embryos – making the babies triplets – each born two years apart
Karen and James Marks welcomed their first child, Cameron, in 2018, followed by Isabella in 2020 and now they have Gabriella born just a few weeks ago (July 2022).
The pair, from Taunton, in Somerset, created the embryos on the same day and after conceiving Cameron their fertility clinic froze the remaining embryos to be used at a later date.
The 35-year-old told the Mirror: “It feels so great to have the three children now. We feel so incredibly lucky.
“Some people go through IVF and sadly don’t even get to have one baby, and we’ve managed to have three, so we just feel so lucky.
“Gabi was our last embryo, so she’s our last embryo now. I knew I wasn’t done before Gabi, so I told my husband that if it didn’t work we’d better start saving so we can have another one.
“I feel complete now, I feel so happy. My heart is very full.”
Karen was diagnosed with fertility issues after getting married in 2014.
The couple had been trying to conceive for over a year before visiting their GP and being referred for further tests.
Karen received her NHS fertility treatment and cycle with Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine which proved successful as she conceived Cameron in 2017. He was born in September 2018.
Isabella was in September 2020 and Gabriella in July 2022.
Karen said of her journey to motherhood: “Infertility never leaves you
Pregnancy announcements can still be painful, especially when someone has seemingly conceived so easily.
“It’s a battle and a journey, and while part of me believes there is a reason that we had to go through it, we’ve met some wonderful people along the way.
“If you’ve exhausted all other options, then crack on and go for it. IVF is fine. Don’t put it off or avoid it. It’s the most likely fertility treatment to work, and it did it for us.”
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