There’s a couple in Langwarrin who are having a baby and they’re excited. Terryn and Luke Edmond are thrilled to be welcoming their first-born, a boy, into the fold in early June and you can tell by the tone of Terryn’s voice it’s been a long time coming.
Falling pregnant comes easily for many but not for everyone. Terryn, who has worked in child care for 13 years and just loves children, had been watching family members and friends become pregnant for a while and was starting to become concerned. She explains: “People kept on asking me when am I going to have a child? Are you going to have a honeymoon baby? What are you waiting for? It was hard. I’m a quite emotional person and, although Luke was really positive, I was concerned there was maybe something wrong because we weren’t getting pregnant. That’s why we went to see Dr Genia Rozen at Melbourne IVF’s Peninsula clinic. I was in shock when we found out our first transfer had been successful. I kept on taking pregnancy tests for a couple of weeks after we found out just to make sure.”
Many of us have heard stories of couples who go through multiple rounds of IVF treatment to no avail. Not in this case. Dr Rozen explains: ”Infertility is quite common and happens for a variety of reasons. One in six couples have problems conceiving naturally, but that doesn’t mean that it will take you multiple times to fall pregnant through IVF. It can happen in the first cycle as it has with Terryn and Luke. Women under 35 like Terryn often have very good success, while the rate drops every year especially after the patient is 40 years old. Couples come in not having conceived and they are anxious, but some of them fall pregnant while having the tests. Some don’t. You don’t need to be trying for a long time before seeing a specialist who can make you feel less anxious and find out what the issue is.”
Terryn continues: “We were trying for a year after we got married and nothing was happening so we decided to find out why. We were diagnosed with unknown infertility so went ahead with IVF. I had my tubes checked, saw nurses and counsellors and had police checks done, which is standard. Then there was the wait to get my period and begin medication, which included a trigger injection. Six of my eggs had fertilised but only one embryo was good to go. It was implanted in the uterus and now we are having a baby. It happened so quickly I still can’t believe it.”
Apparently dreams do come true, readers. Congratulations, Terryn and Luke.