Case Study: 'We were prepared to try as many times as our finances would allow'
"We never 'decided' to become parents, we just knew it was something we wanted to be from the moment we met", says Dil Wickremasinghe of her wife Anne Marie Toole, now proud parents to baby Phoenix and founders of Insight Matters Counselling.
"We contacted Clane Fertility Clinic (now Institut Marques) in 2013 and with our embryologist's help, selected a suitable donor. We started with IUI, which sadly was unsuccessful. Then we tried IVF in September 2014 while I also practised acupuncture and daily mindfulness. After two weeks we received the joyous news we were pregnant!
"Looking back now, we are so glad we tried IUI first, as it gave us the opportunity to ease ourselves into the process and I sincerely believe it prepared my body and increased my chances of getting pregnant on the next round.
"It cost around €8,500 in total and we were prepared to try as many times as our finances would allow."