By Dan Coles
A couple who believed they were infertile have conceived miracle triplets while on holiday – just days before they were set to start IVF.
Stephanie Latcham, 27, and partner Michael Gough, 30, from Ferryhill, Durham, were about to start their first round of IVF in 2018 after failing to naturally conceive for two years.
But after arriving home from a holiday to Mallorca, Spain, last September, Stephanie – who suffers from Polycystic ovary syndrome – took a pregnancy test three weeks later.
And at their routine 10-week ultrasound scan they were astounded to be told that they had not one, but three sacks after the first had split twice naturally, creating identical triplets which occurs only once in every 200 million births.
The ecstatic couple’s family doubled in size when triplets Ollie-Anna, Isabella and Brianna were born happy and healthy on March 30, 2019.
They are now sharing their story to give other infertile couples hope.
Stephanie said: “We never imagined our baby dream would come true naturally and while we were on holiday.
“I’d suffered two miscarriages in the past and after being diagnosed with PCOS, I thought they only way for us to have our own baby was through IVF.
“But while on holiday we conceived on September 9, just one day after Michael proposed.
“Three weeks after we came home, I found out I was pregnant on September 30, we were in such shock, it was incredible!
“We were about to start our first round of IVF, so to know that we didn’t have to do that after trying for so long gave us a feeling I can hardly describe.
“The first scan in October showed us baby one, two weeks later baby two and a week after that there was baby three, It was the best feeling in the world knowing I was carrying three miracles after everything we had been through – it finally happened to us.
“Life is hectic now, but I would not have it any other way, we have a good routine in place, they go for feeds every four hours and in those four hours we have to feed, burp, change, play with them and get them to sleep.
“When all of that is done, we start again, we’re lucky to get an hour out each time for ourselves!”
Michael added: “Having three newborns in the space of seven months is both wonderful and scary at the same time, Steph always said that she wanted a “Home Alone” family and after longing for just one child, finally getting three is amazing.
“We were blessed with these for a reason.”
Michael and Stephanie had resigned themselves to starting IVF once they were home from their holiday as after two years, and two miscarriages, they has been unable to become pregnant.
Stephanie said: “Michael proposed to me whilst we were away, so within a month I was engaged to the love of my life and was about to give what we thought was one little sister or brother to Tyler.
“Little did we know he was about to have three!”
Michael added: “We were told that there is a one in 200 million chance of identical triplets, we feel incredibly lucky.”
Life very quickly changed once the babies were born, Michael picked up the keys to their new house the same day Stephanie went into labour, and they got themselves a seven-seater people carrier to get everyone around.
Not only this, they also had to get themselves three of everything to ensure they were well equipt for their triplets arrival.
Stephanie said: “Our older son Zach, five, loves the triplets, he will often help by bouncing the girls when they get stressed – we also get great support from mine and Michael’s parents, I couldn’t thank them enough.
Michael: “Neither of us have a bloody clue what we’re doing here, but It’s certainly been quite a journey getting our perfect not-so-little family together.”