Martina’s fertility journey began in 2015. Both Martina and her husband had turned 30 earlier that year.
“We were married two years and had bought our forever home in 2014, which we had been eager to start filling with the pitter patter of tiny feet. Those tiny feet which we had been longing for and trying for for the previous 6 years.
Over those 6 years, we kept hearing the phrases “it’ll happen when you least expect it”, “you’re both still young, you have plenty of time” and “it’s stress, stop stressing!!”. On turning 30, we decided to get the ball rolling on some routine tests just to make sure.”
The couple were referred to MFC and soon learned that they would need ICSI/IVF due to a genetic issue, which had previously gone undetected.
“We were initially scared, then worried, then we realised we were going to take this journey for everything that it was and that was EVERYTHING! Our end goal would be worth it!!
In January 2016, my husband underwent Surgical Sperm Retrieval (SSR) and the results were great! That April, I began stims and the scans looked great! Egg retrieval came along, and we ended up with 5 Embryos. We couldn’t believe we had gotten this far!
July 6th, 2016, a day we will never forget, our first transfer took place. The fear, the anxiety and the excitement of what was to come was indescribable. I was pregnant, we could not believe it! After 7 long years, we had finally gotten to the point we had been dreaming of and it was fantastic! We were exactly a year from the very first test result to confirming pregnancy with our GP.
The following March, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Johnny. His smile and the twinkle in his eye reminds us of all that we are grateful for. He is our everything!”
In January 2018, the couple decided to return to MFC for a consultation about a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). That May, they had a FET but, unfortunately, the pregnancy lasted only days.
In July, they went for another FET. One embryo did not survive the thawing but there was a viable embryo which was transferred on the day. The treatment resulted in pregnancy but by the 8 week scan, there was no heartbeat.
“A fertility journey is an emotional one; it’s tough, it’s happy, it’s exciting but it can be heart breaking. We had three losses in just as many months, the last one had taken a toll on me both physically and emotionally and we needed to grieve.
We only had one embryo left, just one more try out of this round. Could we afford another round? Could we cope with another one? Could we deal with any more loss? After meeting with Prof. Wingfield that October, we decided that I needed some time to look after myself, my husband and little Johnny at home.”
The following April they were ready to start the round of medication for their final FET.
“On May 17th, 2019, we transferred our last little embryo and I was pregnant. The feelings were not the same this time. Yes, there was a lot of excitement, but I erred on the side of caution. Every scan, every appointment and every glance in the mirror as I walked out the bedroom door was a milestone.
January 2020, we made it! Our second little boy was born! Little Bobby is so adorable and, just like his older brother reminds us of something incredibly special, that there is hope and that there are miracles.
We decided to get some family photos when Bobby was 2 weeks old and we included 3 rainbow roses I had found through a local florist. These roses represent our 3 lost but never forgotten embryos and they also remind us that after every storm there is a rainbow.
We will be eternally grateful to all the staff in MFC, they were like our second family and they truly are miracle workers. Who knows?! We may come back in the future for more!”