By Charlotte Nisbet
A couple have spent their £60,000 life savings to complete their dream family – and it was worth every penny after falling pregnant with triplets.
Rebecca Wooldridge, 44, and her husband, David, 49, started trying for their first baby in 2006 but it wasn’t until over a decade later, and spending a small fortune that their dream family is finally complete.
After being told that Rebecca’s egg count was low, the couple spent just under £50,000 on four rounds of IVF – both in the UK and abroad – before conceiving their son, Felix, now four, naturally.
The couple were over the moon but after struggling to conceive again for their second baby, they flew to Cyprus for a further £10,000 for their fifth round of IVF.
Rebecca and David never imagined they’d end up with triplets but after spending a total of £60k, their family is now complete after welcoming their daughters, Amelie, Maya-Albertine, and Etta, who are now 16 months old.
The family are sharing their story to give hope to others who are struggling to conceive.
Rebecca, a blogger and full time mum, said: “We waited 10 years for our dream family and after spending £60,000 it finally became a reality.
“I’d been told by doctors that I had a low egg count but after seven years of trying IVF all over the world, I ended up falling pregnant naturally with Felix.
“It then took over three years to then fall pregnant with the triplets in April 2016 after more IVF.
“I almost died when the triplets were born as one of the placentas for our babies was extremely low and it caused me to bleed heavily.
“I had to give birth to the triplets at 29 weeks as it was the only way to save my life.
“Thankfully after weeks in hospital both myself and the girls, Etta, Amelia, and Maya-Abertine were allowed home.
“Despite the emotional rollercoaster we have been through, it has all been worthwhile as we now have our dream family.”
The couple both worked full time to ensure they had enough savings for their IVF treatments.
Rebecca said: “Having a family was the most important thing to us and we had to make sacrifices on holidays and materialistic items so we had enough money.
“I decided to start my blog called ‘Mummy to Triplets and Bro’ to document our fertility journey on the anniversary of the girls due date, as I wanted to help other hopeful parents who are in the same position as us.
“Now we’ve got the triplets life has been hectic, the triplets have overcome so many obstacles so far and have been in and out of hospital with different illnesses but we’re doing well now.
“Our family is definitely complete now we have the girls and I hope we’re helping to show other couples that having a family can happen, even in your 40’s.”
The triplets – who are all non identical – were born weighing 2lb6 and 2lb8 and have come on leaps and bounds in just 16 months old.
Rebecca added: “Etta has started walking already and we’re hoping Amelie and Maya won’t be too much longer.
“They were both born with heart defects due to being premature which is why we think their development has been delayed.
“Felix loves being a big brother to his three sisters and despite needing two washing machines to cope with our family of six’s laundry, we wouldn’t change it for the world.”
To read more visit Rebecca’s blog, www.mummytotripletsandbro.com