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First Christmas for Twins Is an IVF Gift of Life for Black Country Couple

Birmingham Mail,  Dec 21, 2010
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Proud parents Leanne and Carl Brand have the Christmas present that will last them a lifetime.

Dr Gillian Lockwood from The Midland Fertility Services in Aldridge with Leanne and Carl Shepherd and their twins Poppy and Ivy

For the couple, from Walsall, who feared they would never have children, can spend December 25 cuddling their twin baby daughters Ivy and Poppy.

Leanne, who is a nurse at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital, was left devastated as a teenager when she was diagnosed with illness endometriosis, which meant it would be difficult to conceive a child.

Ten years later and 29-year-old Leanne and telesales worker husband Carl, aged 33, have been able to achieve the gift of life through IVF.

“We couldn’t believe it. After so many disappointments over the years, I was pregnant — and with twins,” said Leanne.

The couple used an advanced technique called intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection, which is when an embryologist injects a single sperm into the centre of each egg using a glass needle a tenth the width of a human hair. The egg is then transferred to Leanne to ‘hatch’.

“We were so happy that we could have two embryos transferred and I felt sure that as we’d got this far, we’d actually have not just one baby, but twins,” added the new mum.

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