Baby joy at Bourn Hall

New mums Nicky Reynolds (left) and Helen Smith with baby Archie
New mums Nicky Reynolds (left) and Helen Smith with baby Archie

Little Archie Pip Reynolds is one of a thousand babies born following NHS-funded IVF treatment at Bourn Hall.

But to mums Helen Smith and Nicky Reynolds of Swasedale Road in Luton, he’s one in a million.

The partners, who’ve been together since 2000, knew IVF was the only way they wanted to conceive.

“We were slightly worried about being a same sex couple,” Helen explained. “But the clinic was fantastic.

“They didn’t treat us any differently and they were so helpful.”

Helen – whom Archie calls Mummy, while Nicky is Mama – said they’d been very relaxed about the whole process, even though Helen had had complications following a blocked fallopian tube and a burst ovarian cyst.

“We thought if we get the funding, we get it, and if we fall pregnant, we fall pregnant,” she said.

They feel the same about a sibling for 13-month-old Archie, although they’re both 40 and would have to pay for any subsequent treatment.

Nicky, a software solutions analyst and Helen, a stay-at-home mum, are besotted with their baby.

Helen said: “He’s such an easy little boy and a very good sleeper.”

> The East of England was the first region in the country to implement new IVF guidelines in 2009.

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