The pain and heartache at losing seven babies is unfathomable and unimaginable unless you’ve been there. Stourbridge woman Karla Parkes had all but given up on becoming a mum after an extreme run of failed pregnancies, yet her fortunes have been completely reversed thanks to IVF and Mother Nature, reports the Sunday Mercury.
32-year-old Karla had one fallopian tube removed after an ectopic pregnancy — a complication in which the pregnancy implants outside the uterine cavity — and was told the other tube was badly damaged. To all intents and purposes she was barren.
By 2008, after five miscarriages and two ectopic pregnancies, Karla and her partner turned to IVF although they were doubtful of success.
“By the time we got round to IVF there was so much going on that I didn’t really feel upset about going through the process,” she said.
Karla is convinced that IVF restored her fertility. After Mia was born via IVF, Karla conceived naturally and is expecting her second child very soon.
The couple are convinced they would have remained childless were it not for the help and support they received from the Sandwell local authority.
“There’s no way that we would have been able to pay for the process,” Karla explained. “We probably would have tried to get a loan but even then we would have found it difficult.
“We were overjoyed when we were told we would get two treatments for free. However, had it not been for that we could very well have found ourselves childless.
“It’s awful for couples out there who are desperate for a child and have been told they won’t be funded by the NHS.”
This wonderful success story also highlights the sad reality of IVF treatment in the UK, as we reported last week. Some 70% of NHS trusts and care providers are ignoring official guidelines on offering infertile couples three chances at IVF, while the criteria and requirements vary wildly and are often irrelevant.
Congratulations to Karla and Adrian for the wonderful additions to your family. We hope other couples may receive the treatment they so desperately seek.