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Jennie & Karen’s Story

As a same sex couple, conceiving wasn’t going to be straight forward. We started our journey back in October 2014 when I sought advice from a friend who had conceived in Copenhagen. I had my blood tests completed at the doctors and then contacted the clinic in Copenhagen to start the process. Unfortunately after 3 attempts of IUI (intrauterine insemination) I still wasn’t pregnant and was advised to check everything was ok before carrying on. After speaking to the NHS about my fertility chances it was suggested that I may not conceive easily due to my low levels of AMH. We visited an IVF clinic local to us who weren’t very helpful and we felt they only wanted to help us if I could share my eggs with their clients, but with my low AMH I was unable to do so. They failed to follow up my email asking about the IVF process using just myself and my wife, and we became very disheartened with the whole situation.

In the summer of 2015, I saw an advert for Reproductive Health Group advertising their Open Evening and we decided to book a place, how thankful we were as the team were amazing from that first night. At the open evening I was able to have a lengthy chat with Miss Katakam who looked at all my test results and reassured me that there was no reason why I couldn’t have a baby. We booked an appointment that evening with Mr Nardo. It already felt so different from the last clinic, we felt valued and that they really cared about us. I’ve always been the one in our relationship that wanted to be pregnant and carry our first child and after a couple of consultations we decided that our best chance of conceiving would be for my wife to have her eggs harvested and transferred into me.

From then on Mr Nardo, Miss Katakam, the nursing team, the embryologists and all the girls on reception were so helpful, approachable, friendly and knowledgeable. No question was too big and at any point if we had any worries they were available to put our minds at ease, from deciding on the donor sperm to understanding how to administer the fertility drugs correctly. We had 5 eggs removed, 4 of them fertilised and 3 survived to day 5 blastocyst. In February 2016 just over a year after starting the whole process in Copenhagen on our 2nd egg transfer, we took the pregnancy test and it was positive – we were finally pregnant. Then on the 8th October 2016 at 10.51am I gave birth to our little miracle Cora, weighing a healthy 8lbs 12oz.

We had an amazing 12 months with Cora and in January 2018 we decided to try again with our final embryo that was frozen at RHG. The staff at the clinic were just as amazing 2nd time round, even though we saw a different consultant and had a different nurse dealing with my drugs and well-being this time round, the care and professionalism was just the same. It was also a true testament of just how dedicated the team are as they remembered us from last time and asked about our little girl Cora and made a fuss over her when they saw her.

After requesting Mr Nardo did our transfer again, which he happily obliged, the embryo was transplanted and after the dreaded 2 weeks wait we found out we had been successful again, we couldn’t believe our luck, 2 pregnancies with 1 IVF cycle.

Our little boy Max arrived on the 20th October 2018 at 8.25am weighing 9lb 5oz.

RHG made us feel our treatment was important and not just another statistic, their knowledge and guidance throughout the whole process has been amazing, and they have made our dreams come true and our family is now complete.

We can’t thank Mr Nardo and his team enough for everything they have done for us, we are so grateful.

Jen & Karen

Jenny & Karen's Story
Jenny & Karen's Story
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