Should Primary School Children be Tested?

I was recently made aware that next year, our children, who are in year two of primary school will be doing their SATs or National Tests as they’re now know. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Our girls will be seven when they take their SATs, and although many people have said not to worry about them or the results, I can’t help but worry. Some argue that testing children at such a young age is good because it’s preparing them for tests they’ll take when they’re older, whilst others argue that the tests are purely for the… [Read More]

How We Discovered ICSI Was Our Destiny Following Natural Conception

Today’s post is written by Caroline who blogs at Sweetener and Spice. I’d like to thank Caroline for sharing her journey to conceive a sibling for their son with us. You can follow Caroline on Twitter @SweetenerSpice. To read more stories like Carolines please visit our IVF page here. Carolines Story We conceived our son, Thomas, three years ago with relative ease. He was born nine months later, in November 2011, with slightly less ease. Like many first borns, he turned absolutely everything in our lives on its head, but somehow also turned up my capacity to love to something I’d never experienced before…. [Read More]

Vicky's IVF Story

Hubby and I got married in 2008. A year later we were having the conversation about trying for a baby. Well,  maybe I was having the conversation and hubby was just nodding politely! Anyway I decided we’d start trying for a baby in 2010. I’d just turned 31 and thought it was a near perfect time, I was in a good position at work again so we were ready. We tried for over a year and experienced the monthly hope that my period wouldn’t come and I’d get that positive pregnancy test, but nothing happened. I got to the point… [Read More]

B's Egg Sharing IVF Journey. Part 4

Following on from B’s last post (which can be read here), B continues to share her journey with us.  Waiting, waiting and a little more waiting. Well, I haven’t blogged for a while, we left off with our GP saying they could not do our screening bloods. This would have cost us £500 at the clinic we were at, which we just couldn’t afford with a wedding to pay for. So I looked for other clinics and called to ask if they charged for screening bloods for donors, one of them didn’t, just for the AMH test which would have… [Read More]

B’s Egg Sharing IVF Journey. Part 3. Hitting a brick wall

Following on from last weeks post, B is back to share with us her egg sharing IVF journey. To read last weeks post, please click here. Well, today has been a pretty bad day. It started when I laddered my favourite tights whilst putting them on to get dressed. I am fighting back the tears writing this, I have had a UTI for the past few days, so this morning I made a doctor’s appointment and thought I might as well ask about them doing my screening blood tests for egg sharing. I explained to our GP that we had… [Read More]

B’s Egg Sharing IVF Journey. Part 2. AMH Results.

Following on from last weeks post, B is back to share with us her Egg Sharing IVF Journey. To read her first post, click here. So,  Monday came and I was waiting for the clinic to call me with my results. Being impatient, I decided to call them instead. The line rang through and the receptionist answered and I asked if she could check if my results for my AMH were back yet. She went away to find out, the line went quiet and I was stood there repeating over to myself in my head, “please be good, please be good”.  She came back on… [Read More]

Saying Goodbye

Over the past year and a half, I have spoken to so many wonderful people on the road to becoming parents. To say the last few months have been very emotional for Twin Daddy and I is an understatement. We started IVF treatment in April 2011 and since then we have been in and out of fertility clinics, had numerous tests and operations between us and, out of it all, came our beautiful twin girls.  The first 27 days of their lives were spent in hospital. At first, they were confined to incubators with little hatches you could open to… [Read More]

IVF Tests for Men and Women

If you have been trying to conceive for a while but it hasn’t yet happened, you may be wondering what your next step is. It’s highly likely that the thought of IVF has already crossed your mind. The reason I am writing this post, is down to the fact that before my husband and I started IVF, we hadn’t thought about all the tests involved. I really wish someone had written a guide or I had done more research into what was involved. I’m not an expert. I’m just someone who has been through IVF and wants to try to help… [Read More]

Twin Dads View on IVF

Before our treatment started, how did you feel about having to undergo IVF? I was apprehensive that it wouldn’t be successful but I was also excited about the prospect of having a baby. I felt fine about all the tests and positive that they would come back with good results. Before you had PESA (Surgical Sperm Retrieval), how were you feeling? Were you nervous? I was very nervous. It had been such a long time since I had my vasectomy. I was worried that they wouldn’t find any sperm but also worried that if they did the quality might not… [Read More]