Couple Who Spent Over £20,000 Completing Dream Family Welcome Twins
Annie and Glenn Goodwin, of Leicester, first started their I.V.F Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴊᴏᴜʀɴᴇʏ in 2017 after sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ to conceive naturally for three years.A couple who spent over £20,000 completing their dream family after a ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢe have welcomed twins through I.V.F. Annie and Glenn Goodwin, of Leicester, first started their I.V.F Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴊᴏᴜʀɴᴇʏ in 2017 after sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ to conceive naturally for three years.
Annie, 33, gave birth to her first child, Grayson, now three, in April 2018 after being successful on their first free round of I.V.F from the NHS. But the couple were desperate to expand their family further, and paid for a second round of I.V.F in 2019 which sadly resulted in a ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ – leaving the family ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ. Annie and Glenn decided to pay for an access fertility programme – meaning they would get a refund if it wasn’t successful – which cost them a huge £17,000. Despite having to take out a loan, the family welcomed twins Olive and Beauden on May 25 , 2021 and finally have their dream family.
Annie, who works as a retail manager, said: “We had been trying for a baby for three years and it just wasn’t happening for us so we went to the doctors and found out Glenn has poor sperm morphology due to his ᴇᴘɪʟᴇᴘsʏ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴀɴᴅ I ʜᴀᴅ PCSO.
“It was ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ – you find out from day one that you’re pregnant so I was completely invested and it was one of the ᴡᴏʀsᴛ things I’ve ever had to go through. It really threw me and I didn’t know if I could do it again but I knew I wanted to grow our family so we tried again and it didn’t work – I thought that was it. We had already taken out a loan and we were ʟᴏsɪɴɢ a lot of money so we decided to use the access fertility programme which gives you unlimited go’s for two years and if it isn’t successful, you get a refund but it worked.”
“We put two ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs back and both sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇᴅ and we had twins. It’s such an incredible feeling to finally have our dream family and the twins have really completed us”.
Annie and Glenn, a customer success executive, saved up all the money from their wedding and sacrificed a honeymoon in order to afford the fertility programme.Annie said: “We put all of our money towards I.V.F because that’s what we wanted more than anything else. Doing the access fertility programme gave us the confidence in knowing if it wasn’t successful, we would get our money back so it was a safety net for us because we had to take a big loan out. I’m from a big family so I always wanted to have a big family and when I had my son, I was so glad I had him but it doesn’t stop you wanting more.”
“Grayson is amazing with them – he’s so clever and clued up and loves being a big brother. For someone sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ to conceive, go to the doctors sooner rather than later. You don’t choose to be ɪɴFᴇʀᴛɪʟᴇ so if you think there’s a problem, get those tests done and go down that route sooner than later. I.V.F is one of the most ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ and physically draining things you can go through but it’s worth it in the end”.