Today is a poignant day for mothers everywhere – but, for Danielle Coombes, it will be that extra bit special.
For seven long years, 28-year-old Danielle tried for a baby. She, along with husband Stuart, suffered the agony of the death of her one-day old daughter Bethany in 2006 and two subsequent miscarriages.
But, on January 31 this year, following fertility treatment at the MFS clinic in Aldridge, Walsall, Mrs Coombes gave birth to daughter Ava Louise.
She is now looking forward to enjoying her first Mother’s Day.
“Ava was seven years in the making and she’s perfect – she’s our dream come true,” said Mrs Coombes.
“Stuart and I will celebrate this Mother’s Day with our beautiful daughter Ava. At one point we never thought we’d have a Mother’s Day, so it’s going to be very special.”
The personal assistant and her 35-year-old husband, an operations director, of Norton Canes, married in 2008 but, after struggling to conceive, went to MFS for answers.
In April 2010, following tests, ICSI treatment was recommended. MFS clinical lead Dr Abey Eapen was in charge of their treatment.
Both of them agreed to lifestyle changes and Mr Coombes began a three-month course of anti-oxidant vitamins. Dr Eapen also suggested tests for Mrs Coombes to investigate the causes of her early miscarriages. We were amazed when results showed that I had Factor V Leiden, a blood clotting condition which explained why I hadn’t been able to maintain the last two pregnancies beyond a few weeks,” she said.
Following a third ICSI cycle in May 2012, she was treated with blood-thinning injections and low steroid medication. After a positive pregnancy test, she was also scanned at MFS from six to 12 weeks, for reassurance that all was well.
Dr Abey Eapen said: “Recurrent early miscarriage is a very isolating condition. But tests are available to diagnose the cause whether the pregnancy is achieved naturally or following fertility treatment.
“Thanks to these tests Danielle and Stuart didn’t have to experience further heartache and they are able to enjoy their first Mother’s Day with baby Ava.”