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Mother of miracle baby encourages others to seek help
A NORTHWICH family a keen to dispel the stigma surrounding infertility treatment after the ‘miracle’ birth of their baby daughter.
National Infertility Awareness Week starts on October 28 and Sarah and Peter Hutchinson, from Webbs Lane, have backed the campaign after the birth of their baby girl, Libby.
Libby will be six months old on November 1 and mum, 29, and dad, 33, encouraged couples not to be afraid to seek help.
“It’s absolutely amazing, all babies are miracles but Libby’s extra special and I would go through it all again tomorrow if I could,” said Sarah.
“At first we didn’t want anyone to know as there seems to be a stigma surrounding treatment, but no one realises they have a problem until they start trying themselves.”
After 12 months of trying to conceive, Sarah was seen by her doctor only for her tests to return fine and discover Peter would instead have to be tested.
“They never seem to test the men and they never even thought about my husband at first,” she explained.
“It seems to be more of a sensitive issue for men, the doctors rarely test them as they always think it’s the women.
“When they did test him they said there was no sperm at all, but we went to Liverpool Women’s Hospital and they were brilliant.
“They did more tests and found there was sperm but the count was quite low, or that they were swimming backwards or around in circles!”
This led Sarah and Peter to CARE Fertility in Manchester, and the result? A baby sister for Sarah’s nine-year-old son Logan.
“We were looking at success rates and CARE was one of the highest, so we felt it was the way to go,” she explained.
“Logan’s brilliant with her and it’s amazing to have them both together, he’s a big help.
“He knows all about babies and how we went about getting her after doing sex education at school.”
Sarah also donated some of her eggs to help another family have a baby.
CARE Fertility Manchester’s medical director, Glenn Atkinson, said: “National Infertility Week raises awareness of issues around fertility and treatment for those who unfortunately suffer from this distressing condition and increases recognition of this problem throughout the community.
“Sarah’s story, for instance, highlights the need to donate eggs – her kindness and generosity may help another couple have a child.”
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