IVF cou­ple: Our

Halifax Courier - - The Gift Of Life -

Child­hood sweet­hearts Andrew and Sarah Banks des­per­ately tried for a baby for years be­fore they both sought con­cep­tion through in vitro fer­til­i­sa­tion IVF. Both orig­i­nally from Southowram, they met on the school bus aged 16, in 1998. Af­ter ty­ing the knot, seven years ago, they planned to ex­tend their unit by bring­ing a child into the world. But, as they soon dis­cov­ered, ‘life’ does not al­ways work to plan and even­tu­ally they had to re­think their way around some­thing so many of us take as life’s given. Like many mod­ern cou­ples, both had stress­ful jobs - Andy works as an Ecom­merce man­ager and Sarah was work­ing as a re­tail prod­uct man­ager when they were try­ing for a baby. Af­ter four years of try­ing to con­ceive nat­u­rally, the cou­ple vis­ited their lo­cal GP to dis­cuss their sit­u­a­tion. Andrew and Sarah were re­ferred to Calderdale Royal’s As­sisted Con­cep­tion Unit for NHS IVF treat­ment. Sarah said: “Ini­tially, it was hard and up­set­ting but the staff were fan­tas­tic in mak­ing the process eas­ier. “We kept in mind that we were vis­it­ing the hospi­tal for some­thing so pos­i­tive - for life and

Sarah and Andrew Banks who had their baby Jack through Calderdale’s As­sisted Con­cep­tion Unit.

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