By Alexandra Grant - As I write this, my seven-year-old daughter is at school and my little boy, who is two, is at a playgroup that he attends a couple of afternoons a week.
Although I’m 43, I’m not the oldest mother at the nursery gates. In fact, one of my friends had her now 18-month-old daughter at the age of 45.
Like me, she had IVF – and, like me, it was the best money she ever spent, although after many failed attempts her final bill came to £46,000, whereas I was lucky second time around.
My daughter was conceived naturally, but I resorted to IVF after four years of trying for another baby. By then I was 41 and desperate to complete my family.
Lord Winston, an outspoken critic of what he sees as the commercialisation of fertility treatment, said, “A woman is much more likely to be a good mother at 40 than at 20, because she’s more mature and better off. I think the real scandal isn’t age but the cost of IVF. It’s not uncommon for it to cost £10,000, when the real cost is £2,000. It’s really rather shameful that nobody is standing up for the rights of women not to be exploited.”
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Baby Next Time
-- based on a true-life account of a woman's discovery of in-fertility at the age of 35.
This is a compelling roller-coaster insight to the world of IVF exposing treatments and emotions over a nine year span.
Written with humour on such a dark and taboo subject of pregnancy loss and in-fertility this honest account is directed to the many across the world in a similar predicament.
The book is written in the hope that people will pursue to seek out the reasons for the most common complaint of "unexplained in-fertility".
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