Over 50 IVF babies, have come together in Liverpool this week to celebrate the people that helped create them.
The group of miracle tots came together from across the North West after their parents joined a group on Facebook set up specifically for couples who had had IVF treatment at the city’s Hewitt Fertility Centre, part of Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
The group decided that they should all get together, and staff at the IVF clinic stepped in by offering to host the meet. Parents and staff from the centre all came together to share their stories, with all of the children dressed in T-Shirts stating their names and dates of birth.
Professor Charles Kingsland, Managing Director of The Hewitt Fertility Centre, said: “This was a truly magical occasion. Being in a room with over 50 babies that we have helped to be here just really brings it home what an amazing thing it is to be involved in providing fertility and IVF treatment to couples who so desperately need it.”
“We often get visits from couples whom we have helped as they can’t wait to show us their new baby, but being surrounded by so many at one time was a really emotional occasion.”
Kerry Tipping, a mother who helped to organise the group on Facebook, said: “It was really lovely to meet so many people who had been through the same emotional journey as each other and share our individual stories with people who understand what having IVF treatment is like."
Kirsty Roberts, another mum from the group, said: "We found each other on the Fertility Friends website and all owe so much to The Hewitt Fertility Centre. Part of the point of the day was to give thanks to the wonderful nurses and doctors who helped us all to have the babies we had spent so long dreaming about."