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

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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.

For more information about Bourn Hall Clinic, visit www.bourn-hall-clinic.co.uk

 

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