Couple in seventh heaven with little miracle Kayla
A COUPLE who underwent seven IVF treatments were given the perfect gift this Christmas.
Gina Coakley and her partner Jason Carter had only been given a 0.05pc chance of ever having a baby naturally.
But the childhood sweethearts from Ballinaeranna, Co Carlow, kept the faith -- and they even cancelled their dream wedding to fund IVF treatments. After four rounds of IVF failed, they were told to give up.
But their efforts and patience paid off when little baby Kayla arrived in St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny weighing a healthy 9lb 6oz.
She's four weeks old today and the doting parents are still in awe of their bundle of joy. Gina said it was a "complete shock" when she got pregnant on her fifth IVF.
"I was told on our fourth that it wouldn't work again. One doctor said, 'that's it'. We were told to give up but we moved clinics after Jason convinced me to try again."
However, the emotional rollercoaster was not over and Gina miscarried. "I miscarried twice," she said.
"But then on the seventh round of IVF, I got pregnant again. I was on a lot of medications until I was 12 weeks to help hold the pregnancy. I was shocked that I stayed pregnant. It was hard but I tried not to be negative."
The couple were due to marry in the Dolmen Hotel in Carlow this December but they were forced to cancel their big day last January.
"She's well worth it, we don't mind. We're together 14 years now so it doesn't matter, we're just so thrilled to have our baby."
Unlike many new mums, Gina doesn't mind if Kayla wakes several times a night. "It doesn't matter if she sleeps or not or if she cries. I love getting up to her."
She said Jason was "over the moon" and Kayla was already "daddy's girl".
Gina added: "He found it very tough. It's not as if men have much to do with IVF. But it's hard on them, too. We did seven in two-and-a-half years so we've been through a lot together.
"Christmas was so hard last year but this year we couldn't be happier."