Dream came true
‘The staff were fantastic in making the process easier’ ‘The team were so pleased. We were over the moon’
one in three chance you still hope and believe it will happen. So when we were told it hadn’t worked we were devastated. “It was something we so desperately wanted but it felt like we were never going to get it,” said Sarah. Sarah took time to heal emotionally and physically before the couple went for their second round of treatment. The couple said they went into the second round of treatment with a different attitude - with a more positive outlook. “Rather than worrying that it wouldn’t work, we told ourselves it could work,” said Sarah. Sarah also took time out from the stress of work, prior to embryo insertion, to allow her body and mind more focus and relax. Sarah and Andy were at a Halifax carwash when they got ‘the’ phone call. “The unit nurse who phoned to tell us the results were positive was so excited - the team were so pleased for us. We were over the moon.” Nine months later, Sarah gave birth to a healthy baby Jack, in October 2013. Sarah and Andy have shared their story to reassure others struggling to conceive naturally that there are solutions. Andy said: “It’s been fantastic to realise how many people out there are in the same situation. You think you’re the only ones - but you’re not.” His wife said: “For anyone reading this article and going through the same problem as we faced, there is hope. The key is to stay positive and realise there are others in the same boat.” Mr and Mrs Banks want to recommend Calderdale’s Assisted Conception Unit to other couples and say that the unit’s friendly atmosphere and personal level of care was paramount to their positive experience. This month, the couple returned to Calderdale hospital for the unit’s annual party for children and parents and met and socialised with other parents who have also enjoyed success of birth through the unit. Now, they look forward to what they always longed for - summer holidays, sports days and Christmas’ with their son and maybe, in the future, another brother or sister for Jack to play with. For anyone facing conception difficulties and who feels they have no one to confide in, Sarah said they can contact her, through the hospital unit.