Couple welcome third baby in set of IVF triplets – each born two years apart
A couple are jumping for joy after welcoming a third baby in a set of IVF triplets, each born two years apart.
Karen and James Marks had their first child, Cameron, four years ago, followed by their second Isabella two years ago.
And now they finally welcomed their most recent child, Gabriella, last month.
The youngsters are considered triplets are they were conceived on the same day through IVF from the same batch of embryos.
After Karen gave birth to Cameron on September 1, 2018, the couple kept their viable embryos frozen to add to their family later.
Isabella was born on September 15, 2020, while Gabriella was welcomed on July 3, 2022.
Karen, 35, and James, 37, have their hands full but feel like the luckiest pair after their long journey to welcoming the triplets.
The mum, from Somerset, said: “It feels so great to have all three of our children now, we feel so incredibly lucky.
The couple, who married in 2014, feared they might never have a child of their own after Karen failed to get pregnant.
They tried for a year to conceive naturally and nothing happened, so they went to the GP and they ran some tests.
“We had five embryos made up. We’ve lost two – I miscarried one in 2019, and then one in September last year.” She said.
Karen was given funding for one round of IVF on the NHS in 2017 which proved successful as the couple welcomed Cameron.
His sister, Isabella Grace, was born two years later and the couple finally welcomed baby Gabriella Edith this year.
Despite Karen losing half a stone, Gabi stayed strong and finally joined her family last month, weighing 7lbs 5.5oz.
After a long journey to motherhood, Karen never hesitates to tell people her children are IVF babies.
She said: “Infertility never leaves you.
“If you’ve exhausted all other options, then crack on and go for it. IVF is fine.
“Don’t put it off or avoid it. It’s the most likely fertility treatment to work, and it did for us.”
Karen had once dreamt of four children, but feels incredibly lucky to have had three kids and believes her family is “complete”.
She concluded: “Gabi was our last embryo, so she’s our last baby now.