Parents' double twin joy as clinic celebrates 6,000th IVF baby
KRISSI and Trevor Smyth were just two of the proud parents who marked an event to celebrate the 6,000th baby born via fertility treatment at the Sims IVF Clinic.
Like many couples having difficulties conceiving a child, Krissi (38) and Trevor Smyth (43), from Beaumont, Dublin, admitted the past few years have been a rollercoaster.
On their decision to turn to IVF to help them fulfil their dream, Krissi said: "It has been a hard road, but going to the Sims IVF Clinic was the best decision we ever made."
Now proud parents to a happy brood of seven, several years ago they thought they'd never become parents.
At the event to mark the Dublin firm's 17th year in operation at Powerscourt Hotel in Co Wicklow, Krissi said: "When myself and Trevor met I already had three kids from a previous marriage and had undergone tubal ligation."
But after the couple decided they would try for a baby, Krissi had the contraceptive procedure reversed. Only at that point were they informed by doctors that Trevor was infertile and would never have children.
The couple decided to have IVF treatment and to find a sperm donor – "our local doctor recommended we go to the Sims IVF Clinic", Krissi said.
After a few unsuccessful attempts she gave birth to twin boys in 2007. A few years later they were joined by twin sisters. In total they spent about €30,000 on IVF treatment.
"IVF is an extremely costly process, not least made worse by the toil the cycle takes on your body." For Trevor, the fact the couple used a sperm donor never created any issues. "My twin girls are so like their dad, it's insane," Krissi told the Irish Independent.
"Your DNA doesn't count for everything. What matters at the end of the day is who raised you."
Dr Anthony Walsh, founder of the Sims IVF Clinic, said "reproductive technology is hugely advanced. The fact that we have helped thousands of couples realise their dream of having a baby makes this field of medicine hugely rewarding".