Couple praise Essex IVF clinic for miracle baby

For Rachel and Tom Hinsbey, the road to parenthood was far from easy. Now as they approach their baby’s first birthday, the Chelmsford couple are keen to show their appreciation to the fertility clinic that helped their dreams come true.

After unsuccessfully trying for a baby for first 18 months of their marriage, tests revealed that Tom had a sperm count of zero.

Following further tests at both Broomfield Hospital and University College Hospital, in London, the pair discovered that Tom did not have a vas deferens duct (a tube which carries sperm). They were also told that he was also a carrier of cystic fibrosis.

They were then referred for NHS-funded IVF treatment, which they chose to undergo at Bourn Hall Clinic, in Colchester.

Rachel, 30, told an Essex County Standard reporter: “Knowing the cause of our infertility was a big relief.

“It was good to know what was stopping us from conceiving, that there was something that could be done for us and we could put a plan of action in place.”

At the clinic, the couple commenced a series of treatments until, in May 2013, one embryo was transferred into Rachel’s womb.

“I couldn’t bear to wait the two weeks before taking the test, so I did it a bit earlier,” said Rachel.

“We went through treatment thinking the first cycle would just be a trial go and to treat it like a learning experience.

“I had convinced myself it wouldn’t work, so when I looked at the test and saw it was positive I couldn’t believe it, it was such a surprise!”

Their baby, a little girl they named Amalie, was born on March 27, 2014.

Speaking about their experience at Bourn Hall, Tom, 31, said: “The staff were always honest about our chances of success.”

Rachel added: “We’re both so grateful to have been able to have our treatment on the NHS. It meant everything to us. Without it, we never would have had Amalie.

“We are so thankful to them and to Bourn Hall for their help in giving us the family we’d always wanted.”

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