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