Being A Sᴀᴍᴇ s.ᴇ.x ᴄᴏᴜᴘʟᴇ, Mother Who Suffered Three ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs In One Year Finally Happy After Giving Birth To Triplets
Hannah Swift, 30, and her wife Siobhan, 40, from Parkgate, Cheshire, underwent three rounds of ɪɴsᴇᴍɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ, and while she fell pregnant, she sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs every time.
The couple used all their mortgage savings to pay for medical care, where doctors ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ Hannah with ᴀɴᴛɪᴘʜᴏsᴘʜᴏʟɪᴘɪᴅ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ – ᴀ ᴅɪsᴏʀᴅᴇʀ ᴏF ᴛʜᴇ ɪᴍᴍᴜɴᴇ sʏsᴛᴇᴍ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴄᴀᴜsᴇs ᴀɴ ɪɴᴄʀᴇᴀsᴇᴅ ʀɪsᴋ ᴏF ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴄʟᴏᴛs. After taking ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ-ᴛʜɪɴɴᴇʀs Fᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ, Hannah went on to welcome Alice, Amelia and Evelyn to their ʙʀᴏᴏᴅ on August 13, saying: ‘I had three ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs before the ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsɪs and then I fell pregnant with triplets – it was just absolutely amazing, and a complete sʜᴏᴄᴋ too but we are so happy now.’
Siobhan and Hannah knew they wanted a family and opted for ɪɴᴛʀᴀᴜᴛᴇʀɪɴᴇ ɪɴsᴇᴍɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ in order to have children, using the same anonymous sᴘᴇʀᴍ ᴅᴏɴᴏʀ each time. She suffered three ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs in one year – each time after she endured IUI in order to fall pregnant. Siobhan couldn’t carry a baby because she has a full ʜʏsᴛᴇʀᴇᴄᴛᴏᴍʏ ᴀFᴛᴇʀ ᴀ ᴘᴇʀFᴏʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛᴏ ʜᴇʀ ʙᴏᴡᴇʟ. They were running out of options and after being dismissed by doctors, the couple decided to pay privately for help at CARE Fertility Manchester in August 2019.
Hannah said:’I couldn’t understand why I was having these ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs – I was getting pregnant but kept losing them and they were all at different stages as well.’ Tests revealed she had developed ᴀɴᴛɪᴘʜᴏsᴘʜᴏʟɪᴘɪᴅ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ – ᴀ ᴅɪsᴏʀᴅᴇʀ ᴏF ᴛʜᴇ ɪᴍᴍᴜɴᴇ sʏsᴛᴇᴍ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴄᴀᴜsᴇs ᴀɴ ɪɴᴄʀᴇᴀsᴇᴅ ʀɪsᴋ ᴏF ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴄʟᴏᴛs – after her first baby. Basically it causes ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴄʟᴏᴛs and sᴛᴏᴘs ᴏxʏɢᴇɴ getting to the babies so the foetuses will just die but I didn’t know I had it as it had developed after I had Izzy.’
She began taking ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ thinners, and they took their chances with I.V.F, implanting their final two embryos in a bid to complete their family. The couple discovered Hannah only had two eggs that were good enough to freeze – if they didn’t work, they’d be out of options after spending an eyewatering £20,000 on fertility treatments.
The pair were delighted when scans revealed not only were they pregnant – but were expecting triplets.
‘At first, the sonographer thought it was just shadows from the – she couldn’t believe there were actually three babies. It was just incredible. We ᴡᴇʀᴇ sᴏ sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ ʙᴜᴛ so happy that after losing three, we were now having three.’ she said
Full time mum Siobhan and Hannah kept the news of their pregnancy to themselves, only telling family after 12 weeks and friends after 16 weeks.
Alice was born just 2lbs, followed by Amelia at 2lb 7oz and Everlyn at 2lb 13oz, and they spent five weeks in hospital due to their size.
Hannah added: ‘We’ve finally got our family together and we couldn’t be happier!’ Being a same s.ᴇ.x couple, we have had to fund this whole experience on our own, which has been difficult. We were going to get a mortgage and instead we blew all the money on fertility treatment – obviously we got our money worth with our babies! “