Proud parents show off little Liam after IVF success
"HE HAS shown me a love I didn't think was possible."
A Spring Creek couple who thought they may never be able to start a family welcomed their first baby - a boy - in February.
Describing herself as having been career-focused and not especially maternal, a Lockyer Valley vet was in no rush to have a baby.
But when Adriana Taylor and her husband Dale decided it was time, the couple encountered roadblocks they didn't foresee.
"We were trying to fall pregnant naturally, unsuccessfully for about 18 months," Adriana said.
"Most people will fall pregnant within the first 12 months of trying - if it doesn't happen after that, there's potentially a problem."
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Though they saw doctors, blood tests and consults did not shed light on why the couple might be struggling to conceive.
"They didn't find anything grossly abnormal at that point," Adriana said.
Even so, the couple considered looking into In vitro fertilisation (IVF) - but spent a year mulling over it.
"We feared it could potentially be an expensive venture," Adriana said.
"Then I heard from a close friends that they used a bulk billing IVF clinic in New South Wales and had success - we decided we would go ahead with it."
Hunting around, they found a clinic that offered bulk billing, First Step Fertility in Springfield.
"They re-did those initial blood tests and they sent me for a uterine ultrasound," Adriana said.
"And we identified the cause of our inability to fall pregnant naturally - the egg and the sperm couldn't get together.
"It was good to know there was a reason."
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After the first transfer, the couple discovered the process had been successful: They were expecting.
Liam George Taylor arrived on February 2, 2020.
"He was smiling from only a couple of weeks old," Adriana said.
"They make you want to cry and tear your hair out when they're getting up at all hours of the night … But, when they crack that smile, that's what it's all about - that's love," Adriana said.
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