We've been away this weekend to visit family, and had a lovely time down in Dorset! It is nice to get away from the daily grind of being at home, and I haven't been down that way for some years! So thanks To Marilyn, Dave, Holly and Lucy for making it a lovely weekend!
In other news someone posted a comment on my blog the other day that I want to personally reply to - here is the comment:
You were lucky to have a healthy child, because for every ok ivf baby born the odds worsen for others.
The BBC broadcast this on Thursday 23rd on their breakfast news, warning of multiple births. These problems are hardly surprising when life starts in a glass petrie dish instead of flesh.
Clearly this person hasn't actually bothered to read my blog because I haven't actually had a healthy child (yet) and I guess they haven't thought about the fact that for me and my husband we have NO CHOICE but to use IVF as a way to have a family.
Yes we are fully aware of the issues that multiple births can bring, but I guess they haven't done the same level of research that I have.
I bet they didn't know that in 2006 (there isn't much data available yet for post 2006) there were 662,915 maternities in the UK (England and Wales).
Of those there were only 10,137 multiple maternities - that's a whopping 1.53%
Of those 10,137 multiples 98.57% were twins (9,992) the rest were triplets or above (just 145 in total - 1.43%).
Of these twins 119 were stillborn which is 1.19% of all twins born - where as the other 9,788 were live births.
Out of the 652,778 singleton pregnancies - 649,421 were live birth, and 3,357 were stillborn.
Sadly I can't find figures for babies needing care in SCBU, but it just goes to show that while multiples might be a little riskier - it's not that different to singletons, and there are way more singletons that are stillborn than multiples each year.
So quit the lecture and do your research - I'm still thrilled to be having twins, nothing anyone can say will make me think otherwise - I paid for this treatment myself, so I have the right to choose to have two embryos put back.
I'd love to know if the person has ever had fertility issues, because I don't expect they know what it feels like to have no fallopian tubes, been through half of what we have and still want a family - come and have a go if you think you are hard enough.