Right: Jade and Reed to­day at Jade’s grad­u­a­tion. Be­low: Jade, pic­tured here at 16 months, was worth the wait.

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5% and it would be com­pletely ac­cept­able to aban­don the whole process and start again. De­spite this, Julie and Rick pushed on through. That fer­tilised em­bryo is now their gor­geous daugh­ter Jade, 28.

Even though they had suc­ceeded in hav­ing a first child, they knew a sec­ond one would be chal­leng­ing. Since they knew what the prob­lem was, they were el­i­gi­ble for pub­lic fund­ing, but had to wait two years un­til their turn came round. They were suc­cess­ful with the first at­tempt and the blood tests said the preg­nancy looked good, but the six week scan was to show no heart­beat. “We were dev­as­tated be­cause my hor­mone lev­els had been good.”

FAC­ING IT TO­GETHER

For­tu­nately af­ter that dis­ap­point­ment, the next round was more suc­cess­ful and re­sulted in the con­cep­tion of Reed, who is now 24. Julie ad­mits it wasn’t an easy time; she saw many cou­ples in her in­fer­til­ity sup­port group split up be­cause of the pres­sure. Her ad­vice to any­one going into IVF: “Make sure you’re on the same page from the start. Rick and I never put an end time or limit of cy­cles and agreed we would just keep on trying un­til we got a baby, one way or an­other. It would have been aw­ful if we hadn’t both felt that way, as it’s a tough process and our strength as a cou­ple is what got us through to where we are to­day with our lovely fam­ily of four.”

‘RICK AND I NEVER PUT AN END TIME AND AGREED WE WOULD JUST KEEP ON TRYING UN­TIL WE GOT A BABY, ONE WAY OR AN­OTHER’

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